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Letter to the editor: Klobuchar a no-show

Over five years ago I first wrote and called Sen. Klobuchar on a "matter" that concerns thousands of 18- to 20-year-old service personnel. I followed up with additional letters, plus many phone calls with her staff. I've never heard back one word!

It's for this reason I write this editorial concerning these 18- to 20-year-old service personnel who "volunteered" to serve and fight for our country. At risk of losing their lives; maybe asked to take others; many come home minus arms, legs, loss of sight, hearing, many mental problems for themselves and their families. So with this can you even imagine these young service personnel with these tragedies in their lives walking into their American Legions, VFWs or bars ordering a beer or drink to be told, "Sorry, you're not old enough." (Now it's a cigarette). The hurt, betrayal and humility these people must feel. A slap in the face.

In my failed communication with Klobuchar, I asked her a two-part question: Do you believe 18- to 20-year-old service personnel have the right to a drink? 1.) If yes, what will you do to make it legal? 2.) If no, why not?

Sen. Klobuchar, American Legion 100th Year Convention, September 2018. Her quote: "Veterans need to be treated with respect when they come home. There was no line when they signed up to serve and they should never have to wait in line back in the United States of America."

I've been waiting five years. That's respect?

I've twice submitted this editorial to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Rejected both times. I asked the editorial board why. The answer: It's their call.

A conservative editorial to a liberal paper, "red" star, about a liberal politician is dead on arrival. So much for "freedom of the press." It reeks of socialism.

Jack Schmidt,

Pequot Lakes

Over five years ago I first wrote and called Sen. Klobuchar on a "matter" that concerns thousands of 18-20 year old service personal, have followed up with additional letters, plus many phone calls with her staff. Have never heard back "one" word!

It's for this reason I write this editorial concerning these 18-20 year old service personals who "volunteered" to serve and fight for our country. At risk of losing their lives, maybe asked to take others, many come home minus arms, legs, loss of sight, hearing, many mental problems for themselves and their families, so with this can you even imagine these young service personals with these tragedies in their lives walking into their American Legions, VFWs or bars ordering a beer, drink to be told "sorry you're not old enough, (now its a cigarette), the hurt, betrayal, and humility these people must feel. A slap in the face.

In my failed communication with Klobuchar, I asked her a two part question.

Do you believe 18 to 20, service personal have the right to a drink? 1.) If yes, what will you do to make it legal? 2.) If no, why not?

Senator Klobuchar - American Legion 100th Year Convention, Sept. 2018.

Her quote:

"Veterans need to be treated with respect when they come home. There was no line when they signed up to serve and they should never have to wait in line back in the United States of America."

I've been waiting five years, that's respect?

I've twice submitted this editorial to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Rejected both times, I asked editorial board why. Answer, It's their call.

A conservative editorial to a liberal paper, "red" star, about a liberal politician, is dead on arrival. So much for "freedom of the press."

It reeks of socialism.

Jack Schmidt

Pequot Lakes