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Your letters - April 13 edition

Taxpayer money should never have gone to Planned Parenthood

One of Planned Parenthood's major businesses is to harvest the internal organs and body parts of babies they kill in abortions. This baby organ harvesting business brings tens of millions of dollars per year into Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood gets about $147 million in revenue per year for performing more than 320,000 abortions per year at their 548 clinics nationwide charging mothers $450 on average to kill their babies.

Planned Parenthood receives nearly $550 million per year from taxpayers! Their annual budget is $1.2 billion! So almost half their revenue comes from taxpayers. Taxpayers money should have never gone to Planned Parenthood.

This is America! This is not Nazi Germany. Humans killing humans is barbaric. The crime of killing babies has been happening for over 40 years!

There has to be justice for all of God's children who have been tortured and killed at the hands of abortionists and the likes of the big money making business of Planned Parenthood.

Elaine Byman,


Internet Service Providers selling your private data

The Republican-led U.S. House and Senate recently voted to repeal Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules that would have protected consumers personal information from the internet service providers, or ISPs. The Republicans moved in quick lock-step to ensure that provider giants Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and others can collect your most personal information without permission and then profit from its sale to third parties if they choose. Every Republican in the Minnesota delegation—Erik Paulson, Tom Emmer and Jason Lewis voted to repeal the FCC rules that protect consumers personal information. President Trump signed the bill. This appears to be a corporate handout at the expense of individual privacy.

Why sell out to the giant internet service providers? Remember the Supreme Court Decision "Citizens United," which was decided in a 5 to 4 decision (5 Republicans for Citizens United, 4 Democrats against), which allowed corporations and the ultra rich to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence our elections? Suppose I gave a political donation of $20 to a party or a candidate and a huge corporation gave $50,000 to a party or a candidate, who do you think that party or that candidate is going to listen to? We are losing our democracy to big money. That is why our government isn't working. It isn't that democracy doesn't work, it is that big money is corrupting our democracy. We have to get big money out of our political system. We need government of the people, by the people, for the people. We don't want government of the rich, by the rich, for the rich.

Robert Peterson,