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The growth of evil

April 27, 2013

To the editor: Evil seems more prevalent every day....

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May-03-13 5:11 PM

I came accross a newspaper from Fairmont Mn from 1922. back in the good old days.....the front page featured stories on;two 17 year old boys accused of rape, bank robberies, arson, assaults, car theft, embesselment and more. As I looked at I wondered how many look back at those times as being better than they were?

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Apr-30-13 4:28 PM

Sven a wll written comment and all so true

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Apr-27-13 6:08 PM

If we are Ok with bankrupting future generations to make sure that we are personally comfortable today, at least we should have the moral courage to admit it.

Thank you Mr. Peichel for suggesting the possibility that everything may not be euphoric here in Utopia.

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Apr-27-13 6:01 PM

Gluttony, hubris and depravity destroyed arguably the most dominant society of all time, the Roman Empire. But don't worry, that can't happen to us. We have the ability to spend $3 trillion on foreign wars to "keep us safe" and then turn around and spend $2.8 trillion on a shiny new healthcare program, while propping up the failed $5 trillion "war on poverty".

We have had great leaders who accomplished great things for all of us. The flaw in the American system is that greatness and leadership cannot be bought, but voting blocks can be.

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Apr-27-13 5:04 PM

Sven- You're my hero! Beautifully written.

The only thing I can think to add is that religion, not the lack there of, was the cause of the recent bombings.

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Apr-27-13 4:34 PM

Oh, really, Lerry.

One could also argue that we have gone from a nation of de facto slavery to one where we recently elected a Black president.

We have also gone from a nation that barbarically allowed women to be subjected to back alley butchers, that shoved gays into closets and persecuted them mercilessly, that forced couples, mostly women, to endue endless years of marital abuse--to a nation of greater diversity and justice.

We've given old people and the poor and the disadvantaged hope and security and dignity through Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security and a variety of governmental social nets.

We live longer by almost 20 years than those of the previous glorious century that you so mistily, and erroneously, yearn for.

What you view as "evil" others view as freedom from fear, and the right to live their lives free of insidious meddling.

I am happily part of the American 21st Century.

Please leave.

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Apr-27-13 3:33 PM

Separation of Church and State! The original Colonists came here to escape religious persecution and the country was thus founded on the ideals of this separation so no ONE religion could force their beliefs on everyone else and their beliefs. You have every right to believe whatever you want just as I do to believe or NOT believe whatever I want but if you want to live in a country governed by any religion or religious text (which is the definition of a theocracy) may I suggest you move to a Middle Eastern Islamic country. I am sure you would enjoy that immensely!

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