Letter to the Editor: Black Lives Matter?


It's certainly apparent someone forgot to mention that to these large inner cities, under Democratic mayors and governors, where 78% of all killings are Blacks on Blacks.

Example: Chicago, weekend of June 13 - 18 killed; weekend of June 20 - 104 shootings, 14 died, five kids.

This is going on all across our country. Baltimore, New York, Seattle, Portland, Phoenix, Houston, D.C., Philadelphia, etc. Even our own Minnesota "Nice" in Minneapolis. These are all sanctuary cities - coincidence?

Under Obama's eight years of presidency (2008-2016), 4,412 killings in Chicago; his last year (2016), 762 killings, under his "own" mayor Rahm Emanuel. Where was the outrage from the "Reverend" Al Sharpton (probably out preaching hate), Jesse Jackson, Cory Booker and all the national Black leaders?

Why didn't Black Lives Matter under Obama - maybe he was Black?


As "racism" goes, who are these so-called Blacks (the news media and political correctness censors us to express ourselves) who many feel life owes them, society against them, gangs are their families, use the "system," it's their way of life, it's abused. Once frustration call it "White racism."

George Floyd (no saint) tragedy was wrong, but have a question - how many "questionable" whites are shot every year by Black police officers?

From the start, our own "Minnesota Nice" Gov. Walz's lack of guts, the first day, to put down this "paid" for riot (Minneapolis) only added fuel to the fire, and a green light for all "these" Black and misfits nationwide to go on rampages and destroy so many people's lives. It all falls in Walz's lap. Now he's asking for federal aid and the Black vote in November. Now that "does" take guts.

Radical violence now rules our country without any retaliation. Pitiful.

Jack Schmidt,

Pequot Lakes

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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