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Letter to the Editor: Provoke thought, not hate

When we stand up for what we believe in, we also must be prepared to offend someone and take the heat for it. It's ok to voice your opinion, until you are wrong in the eyes of others. Then it seems that their opinion is, of course, the only correct one.

My husband will be the first to tell you that I can't stand politics. Maybe I keep myself in the dark on purpose because it becomes a hateful bashing session. Some may say that's irresponsible of me. Trust me, I do some reading and I have my own take on things and I most certainly will be voting.

I have concluded, in my opinion, that writing a letter to the editor is no different than posting on facebook. As a social society we feed off of how many "likes" our status has. Or who commented in approval. I'm glad facebook doesn't have a "dislike" button. That would indeed fill the world with more hate.

It's not about controversy but being able to have a voice and the freedom to express one's opinion in a way that isn't hateful, but thought provoking.

Let's face it people, no matter who gets to sit behind the desk in the end, they have a long road ahead of them. On that note...

I may not have the power to save the world (although I wouldn't mind a few "Avengers" running around my neighborhood), but I do have the most powerful weapon of all. The tongue. It can speak life or it can speak death. I need to work at that more, but I challenge all of you reading this, please, the next time you speak, speak life, not destruction, not hatred, not negativity. Perham has always been known to be a community that works together. Let's not lose that reputation.

One more thought: Lil McRae, please don't put all republicans in the same boat as the one who cast words at you in the parking lot of the liquor store. And to John Minge, I personally want to invite you to Northwoods Assembly any Sunday at 10 a.m. to hear the heart of Pastor Dirk Currier. The man loves people, but more importantly, he cares about your soul. We hear all the time what an outreach-minded church we are. I am proud to be a part of Northwoods Assembly and to say that I stand behind my Pastor, and Sheppard, Dirk Currier. We address the tough issues, like pornography and sex trafficking. We bring in speakers who are experts on radical Islam and speakers who are not afraid to speak the power of the Holy Spirit.

The invite is not just for John alone, but for anyone who is missing that something in life, that void that can't be filled by things. At Northwoods, we are more than a church, we're a family.

Alanna Burns

Perham, MN