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Your letters Feb. 20

Local grocers don't carry desired products

Amazingly, we have two grocery stores in Wadena and they both handle House of Tsang products but not the Korean Teriyaki. Now this seems rather insignificant, but given the attitudes of people who ostracize those who shop out of town, it is important. The reason is I get what I want. It costs me more and I travel to Perham every two weeks to get the sauce, but I get what I want. And while I am there, if I see anything else that catches my eye, I'll buy that also, including a car. I know you can't get everything for everyone, but it seems to be common for this area. I can't even get the kind of beer I want.

Kerry West, Wadena

Respect and defend life!

This poem entitled "Ballad of the Unborn" by Fay Clayton expresses the view of an unborn child:

My shining feet will never run

On early morning lawn;

My feet were crushed before they had

A chance to meet the dawn.

My fingers now will never stretch

To touch the winning tape;

My race was done before I learned

The smallest steps to take.

My growing height will never be

Recorded on the wall;

My growth was stopped when I was still

Unseen and very small.

My lips and tongue will never taste

The good fruits of the earth;

For I myself was judged to be

A fruit of little worth.

My eyes will never scan the sky

For my high-flying kite;

For when still blind, destroyed were they

In the black womb of night.

I'll never stand upon a hill

Spring's winds in my hair,

Aborted winds of thought closed in

On motherhood's despair.

I'll never walk the shores of life

Or know the tides of time,

For I was coming but unloved,

And that my only crime.

Nameless am I, a grain of sand

One of the countless dead,

But the deed that made me ashen grey

Floats on seas of red.

How can anyone not know or understand a life is begun at the moment of conception?

Call and/or write your congress people to bring taxpayer funding for the killing of babies to an end. Vote for pro-life people. Vote for a good, moral president in 2016. Pray for those who have anything whatsoever to do with abortion.

Respect and defend life!

Elaine Byman