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Editorial comment Guest Editorial... They know where the keys are My light, my love, my son JACOB MATTHEW RILEY age 14 lays before all today unmoving. I now must make sure that his life was not in vain and because my heart is now wrapped with his love, its movement begs you parents to purchase trigger guards for your guns and use them, to place those guns in a cabinet, safe or in a spot where it may be more difficult for your children to reach them. To place those keys not where it is convenient for you to remember where they are, but to remember that YOUR CHILDREN WATCH YOU AND THEY KNOW WHERE THE KEYS AREA. And given the opportu- nity they will search them out and use them. You may lock the trigger on your gun,. you may place them in gun cabinets, but they watch where you place the key. Their fascination leads them to explore and they know where you put those keys. They don't pay attention to see if the guns are loaded, they just swing their arms around the room pulling the trigger in their bravado. They think "it can't happen to me, I'm smarter than that." But THEY KNOW WHERE THE KEYS ARE. Jacob had attended a firearm safety class. In a By: Lori Riley discussion I had with the boys I told them that "it's always 'the gun that you think is unloaded that will kill you, so be careful". Warnings the boys did not heed. If his death makes your family use trigger locks and keeps those firearms in cabinets, safes or locked away, if it reminds you to always make sure your gun is unloaded and those keys get put away when the children are not watching, then his life will have a meaning for being cut so short. Be aware that the risk of having guns in your home and the safety of those who are the INNOCENT could possi- bly come to this same tragic end. I want no parent to suffer the SHEER AGONY of having to bury a son or daughter. And it is sheer agony. Not only for my son but also for his best friend. If you have your child here with you now PUT YOUR ARMS AROUND YOUR CHILD, HUG YOUR CHILD, TELL YOUR CHILD YOU LOVE THEM. And then you all need to take a look at MY CHILD laying there in that coffin. Please realize that once that cas- ket is closed, I will NEVER be able to wrap my arms around my child again. Love your child for me! Lori Riley A necessary show of strength... Intelligence, just war, and Iraq by Chuck Colson There hasn't been this much fun in Washington since the Clinton follies. Critics are beating up on the president for using in his State of the Union a piece of intelligence that was erroneous (never mind that, as I learned when I was in the White House, intelligence gathering is far from a perfect science). The talking heads are the happiest people in town, relieved that they have. something to chatter about during the slow summer months. We have breathless reports hour, from senators wanting new hearings to troops in the field complaining (as anyone who has served in the military knows, troops aren t happy unless they're complaining). And some allege that the 'just war" rationale for the war advanced by many religious leaders, myself included, is undermined. But the critics are missing thepoint. The first question is, Wouldwe have invaded Iraq were it not for September 11?" Of course not. September 11 was an act of war against the United States by an organized band of Islamist terrorists committed to bringing clown the structures of Western society. The administration's first response was an attack on Afghanistan',to clean out the Ta|tban  clearly self- defense. But in the war on terrorism, one has to look beyond geographic boundaries. Terrorists are all over the world. Looking at danger spots, lraq became an obvious next target. Saddam Hussein, after all, flouted every UN resolution, demonstrated his intent to build nuclear weapons, and had chemical and biological weapons that he used to murder his own people. There were also clear ties to terrorism. President Arroyo of the Philippines reported in a Newsweek interview that Iraq was fueling the radical Islamist terrorists in the Philippines. Our attack on Saddam Hussein has reduced terrorism in her country, she reports. But the justification for attacking [raq goes beyond the borders of that nation. Iraq is simply one theater in this war, as the president has said and as most observers realize. Is the use of force morally justified? Absolutely. Princeton Professor Bernard Lewis, one of the world's leading authorities on Islam, in a recent interview with Ken Myers of Mars Hill Audio, explained the genesis of September 11. For years he noted that bin Laden and his cohorts had been saying the West was decadent, debauched, corrupt, and weak, and that America would not defend herself. Our response to Vietnam, Somalia, Lebanon, the attack on theU.S.S. Cole and our embassies in Africa were viewed as evidence that America would cut and run even when attacked at home. This perceived weakness, our decadence, and fear, Lewis contends, led to September 11. In the light of this, to fail to act now would be a gross dereliction of our responsibility. Lewis correctly arguesthat, the on tig at II sto terrism is a show of strEnothFln t 'gl owhdticlen .tas sala; n5 present; p-{lcan De1tc?at/c0lldo anything but demonstrate our resolve. If there are nations harboring terrorists or producing weapons for them, the Western nations committed to the preservation of civilization must act. And in my mind, clearly this is within the "just war" tradition. As for the president's critics, well, maybe they should visit Ground Zero for a few moments of sober reflection on that horror. It may concentrate their minds on what's really at stake - our survival. -Submitted by Tom and Carol Karels, in response to Dennis Justison's recent letter COUPLES GOLF TOURNAMENT committee members are pictured above. Committee members for the year included Bernie and Sharon Kirchberg, Dan and Shar Peterson, Gary and Evie Johnson, Mike and Sarah Miller, Curt and Sharon Bystol, Terry and judy Gere, Tony Rausch, and Elmer and Sheila Thompson. " With so many to go...go with Progressive! • With a new windshield, every vehicle gets washed and vacuumed! • Largest in-stock windshield inventory in the area! • We'll handle all insurance work! PROGRESSIVE COLLISION & GLASS CENTER, INC. Steve and Linda Roggenbuck IORDEN ROGGENBUCK 109 SE 2rid St.. Ortonville, MN 56278 * 320-839-2255 • Toll Free 888-819-2255 i Wholesale l i .-. • • i  ..) .i:! F ...... Ii woo,. I o,, For Prices! [1 i ; i;,']i I TOM WOOD I woOD'S FLOORING . O.o.iUe M 800-987-3424 Specml service set for Aug. 3 at UCC A special "All members and friends" service will be held at UCC Church in Ortonville on Sunday, August 3 to honor a visit from Reverend David J. Brown and wife Lois. Reverend Brown served as minister to Ortonville's UCC Church from 1969-1975, and has been invited to deliver a sermon during the special service. The service will begin at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, August 3, with a pot luck lunch and social time following the service. Lois Brown was also active in the community during the time while the Browns lived in Ortonville. Lois taught first grade at James Knoll Elementary while living in town. Rev. and Mrs. Brown are now liv- ing in Wenat,chee, WA.. Revere, dad Brown was active as the Co-confer- ence Minister for the Washington/North Idaho Conference oKUCC,but is now retired. No one covers Minnesota better. It's comforting to know that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has been providing quality health care plans for nearly 70 years. With the variety of plans for individuals, groups and plans that work with Medicare, we've got.you covered. Give me a call for more information. ..;.v John Stolpman Ortonville Bellingham 320-839-6194 320-568-2101 BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota /thorize: i;epenatm vCl f Nee Cmu and ut Shield " Mieese x   . . . € ,m   Quality Collision Repair FREE LOANER VEHICLE • Body Work & Painting .Glass Installation • Insurance Claims *Free Estimates Located one mile north of OrtonviUe on Hwy. 7 to Sioux Historic Pavilion) GARY KNOLL i 1 Call Anytime (320) 839-2718 '00 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi "Supercharged 3.8 V6 t.esttte' SUnroof '95 Bonneville SSE Italy 4,Iee ires The Inde (U.S.P.S. eel JAMES Editor and Office Computer and EMILEE Compositor, BETH I Reporter / f BILL TIM Camera [ NANCY Tues., July 29, 2003 Continuing Published Ever Periodicals Postage paid, I $30.00 per year Parle, Traverse Minnesota, Grant in South Dakota. counties in All others, $38.00 Postmaster: The Ortonville Ortonville, NEW ALL A FEBRUARY' Big Stone, Lae Swift Grant and Roberts February ........... 30,00 March ................ 27.50 Apnl .................. 25.00 May ................... 22.50 June .................. 20.00 July ................... 17.50 ALL OTHERS February ........... 34.00 March ................ 31.24 April .................. 28.40 May ................... 25.56 June .................. 22.72 July ................... 19.88 ALL February ........... 38.00 March ................ 34.87 April .................. 31.70 May ................... 28.53 June .......... :.,,,,,,25,' July The changes or type not lessen the The omissions in tisement is the issue or the the Church notes Display ads Correspondence Pictures - 5 News - Friday Classified ads - (Any ad brought in to classify.) A Monday: Tuesday: Friday: h Holidays Letters to the .unity issues writers should Independent and/or condense isaper also h letters that are it mig Letters printed or address Addresses and not be published, Letter writers selves to one keep letter brief, 1: words, and to the The Ortonville. If an zation cha for an item sidered you charge, paper. :cease to exist. receives for paper sales is paper used in no longer increases. and a small Advertising crops and to and particular ness. We advertising our decision. A News: fully and staff's opinions rage, whether om other late thinkin readers. of other expressed in tions may own eral interest; 839-3761 to sifted Ortonville mall@ortonV Page 4 00INDEPENDENT Editorial comment Guest Editorial... They know where the keys are My light, my love, my son JACOB MATTHEW RILEY age 14 lays before all today unmoving. I now must make sure that his life was not in vain and because my heart is now wrapped with his love, its movement begs you parents to purchase trigger guards for your guns and use them, to place those guns in a cabinet, safe or in a spot where it may be more difficult for your children to reach them. To place those keys not where it is convenient for you to remember where they are, but to remember that YOUR CHILDREN WATCH YOU AND THEY KNOW WHERE THE KEYS AREA. And given the opportu- nity they will search them out and use them. You may lock the trigger on your gun,. you may place them in gun cabinets, but they watch where you place the key. Their fascination leads them to explore and they know where you put those keys. They don't pay attention to see if the guns are loaded, they just swing their arms around the room pulling the trigger in their bravado. They think "it can't happen to me, I'm smarter than that." But THEY KNOW WHERE THE KEYS ARE. Jacob had attended a firearm safety class. In a By: Lori Riley discussion I had with the boys I told them that "it's always 'the gun that you think is unloaded that will kill you, so be careful". Warnings the boys did not heed. If his death makes your family use trigger locks and keeps those firearms in cabinets, safes or locked away, if it reminds you to always make sure your gun is unloaded and those keys get put away when the children are not watching, then his life will have a meaning for being cut so short. Be aware that the risk of having guns in your home and the safety of those who are the INNOCENT could possi- bly come to this same tragic end. I want no parent to suffer the SHEER AGONY of having to bury a son or daughter. And it is sheer agony. Not only for my son but also for his best friend. If you have your child here with you now PUT YOUR ARMS AROUND YOUR CHILD, HUG YOUR CHILD, TELL YOUR CHILD YOU LOVE THEM. And then you all need to take a look at MY CHILD laying there in that coffin. Please realize that once that cas- ket is closed, I will NEVER be able to wrap my arms around my child again. Love your child for me! Lori Riley A necessary show of strength... Intelligence, just war, and Iraq by Chuck Colson There hasn't been this much fun in Washington since the Clinton follies. Critics are beating up on the president for using in his State of the Union a piece of intelligence that was erroneous (never mind that, as I learned when I was in the White House, intelligence gathering is far from a perfect science). The talking heads are the happiest people in town, relieved that they have. something to chatter about during the slow summer months. We have breathless reports hour, from senators wanting new hearings to troops in the field complaining (as anyone who has served in the military knows, troops aren t happy unless they're complaining). And some allege that the 'just war" rationale for the war advanced by many religious leaders, myself included, is undermined. But the critics are missing thepoint. The first question is, Wouldwe have invaded Iraq were it not for September 11?" Of course not. September 11 was an act of war against the United States by an organized band of Islamist terrorists committed to bringing clown the structures of Western society. The administration's first response was an attack on Afghanistan',to clean out the Ta|tban  clearly self- defense. But in the war on terrorism, one has to look beyond geographic boundaries. Terrorists are all over the world. Looking at danger spots, lraq became an obvious next target. Saddam Hussein, after all, flouted every UN resolution, demonstrated his intent to build nuclear weapons, and had chemical and biological weapons that he used to murder his own people. There were also clear ties to terrorism. President Arroyo of the Philippines reported in a Newsweek interview that Iraq was fueling the radical Islamist terrorists in the Philippines. Our attack on Saddam Hussein has reduced terrorism in her country, she reports. But the justification for attacking [raq goes beyond the borders of that nation. Iraq is simply one theater in this war, as the president has said and as most observers realize. Is the use of force morally justified? Absolutely. Princeton Professor Bernard Lewis, one of the world's leading authorities on Islam, in a recent interview with Ken Myers of Mars Hill Audio, explained the genesis of September 11. For years he noted that bin Laden and his cohorts had been saying the West was decadent, debauched, corrupt, and weak, and that America would not defend herself. Our response to Vietnam, Somalia, Lebanon, the attack on theU.S.S. Cole and our embassies in Africa were viewed as evidence that America would cut and run even when attacked at home. This perceived weakness, our decadence, and fear, Lewis contends, led to September 11. In the light of this, to fail to act now would be a gross dereliction of our responsibility. Lewis correctly arguesthat, the on tig at II sto terrism is a show of strEnothFln t 'gl owhdticlen .tas sala; n5 present; p-{lcan De1tc?at/c0lldo anything but demonstrate our resolve. If there are nations harboring terrorists or producing weapons for them, the Western nations committed to the preservation of civilization must act. And in my mind, clearly this is within the "just war" tradition. As for the president's critics, well, maybe they should visit Ground Zero for a few moments of sober reflection on that horror. It may concentrate their minds on what's really at stake - our survival. -Submitted by Tom and Carol Karels, in response to Dennis Justison's recent letter COUPLES GOLF TOURNAMENT committee members are pictured above. Committee members for the year included Bernie and Sharon Kirchberg, Dan and Shar Peterson, Gary and Evie Johnson, Mike and Sarah Miller, Curt and Sharon Bystol, Terry and judy Gere, Tony Rausch, and Elmer and Sheila Thompson. " With so many to go...go with Progressive! • With a new windshield, every vehicle gets washed and vacuumed! • Largest in-stock windshield inventory in the area! • We'll handle all insurance work! PROGRESSIVE COLLISION & GLASS CENTER, INC. Steve and Linda Roggenbuck IORDEN ROGGENBUCK 109 SE 2rid St.. Ortonville, MN 56278 * 320-839-2255 • Toll Free 888-819-2255 i Wholesale l i .-. • • i  ..) .i:! F ...... Ii woo,. I o,, For Prices! [1 i ; i;,']i I TOM WOOD I woOD'S FLOORING . O.o.iUe M 800-987-3424 Specml service set for Aug. 3 at UCC A special "All members and friends" service will be held at UCC Church in Ortonville on Sunday, August 3 to honor a visit from Reverend David J. Brown and wife Lois. Reverend Brown served as minister to Ortonville's UCC Church from 1969-1975, and has been invited to deliver a sermon during the special service. The service will begin at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, August 3, with a pot luck lunch and social time following the service. Lois Brown was also active in the community during the time while the Browns lived in Ortonville. Lois taught first grade at James Knoll Elementary while living in town. Rev. and Mrs. Brown are now liv- ing in Wenat,chee, WA.. Revere, dad Brown was active as the Co-confer- ence Minister for the Washington/North Idaho Conference oKUCC,but is now retired. No one covers Minnesota better. It's comforting to know that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has been providing quality health care plans for nearly 70 years. With the variety of plans for individuals, groups and plans that work with Medicare, we've got.you covered. Give me a call for more information. ..;.v John Stolpman Ortonville Bellingham 320-839-6194 320-568-2101 BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota /thorize: i;epenatm vCl f Nee Cmu and ut Shield " Mieese x   . . . € ,m   Quality Collision Repair FREE LOANER VEHICLE • Body Work & Painting .Glass Installation • Insurance Claims *Free Estimates Located one mile north of OrtonviUe on Hwy. 7 to Sioux Historic Pavilion) GARY KNOLL i 1 Call Anytime (320) 839-2718 '00 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi "Supercharged 3.8 V6 t.esttte' SUnroof '95 Bonneville SSE Italy 4,Iee ires The Inde (U.S.P.S. eel JAMES Editor and Office Computer and EMILEE Compositor, BETH I Reporter / f BILL TIM Camera [ NANCY Tues., July 29, 2003 Continuing Published Ever Periodicals Postage paid, I $30.00 per year Parle, Traverse Minnesota, Grant in South Dakota. counties in All others, $38.00 Postmaster: The Ortonville Ortonville, NEW ALL A FEBRUARY' Big Stone, Lae Swift Grant and Roberts February ........... 30,00 March ................ 27.50 Apnl .................. 25.00 May ................... 22.50 June .................. 20.00 July ................... 17.50 ALL OTHERS February ........... 34.00 March ................ 31.24 April .................. 28.40 May ................... 25.56 June .................. 22.72 July ................... 19.88 ALL February ........... 38.00 March ................ 34.87 April .................. 31.70 May ................... 28.53 June .......... :.,,,,,,25,' July The changes or type not lessen the The omissions in tisement is the issue or the the Church notes Display ads Correspondence Pictures - 5 News - Friday Classified ads - (Any ad brought in to classify.) A Monday: Tuesday: Friday: h Holidays Letters to the .unity issues writers should Independent and/or condense isaper also h letters that are it mig Letters printed or address Addresses and not be published, Letter writers selves to one keep letter brief, 1: words, and to the The Ortonville. If an zation cha for an item sidered you charge, paper. :cease to exist. receives for paper sales is paper used in no longer increases. and a small Advertising crops and to and particular ness. We advertising our decision. A News: fully and staff's opinions rage, whether om other late thinkin readers. of other expressed in tions may own eral interest; 839-3761 to sifted Ortonville mall@ortonV Page 4 00INDEPENDENT