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Paid Political Letter: Make Your Voice Heard Nov 8: VOTE

Ideas and opinions in this letter are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the stance of this paper. The author of this letter has paid for its placement. Referencing letters 1 and 2.

. . . After conversation and subsequent email dialogue with the Trademark Attorney, I conceded. I did give a speech—it contained some words that trigger, and conflate to politics. And yes—it mentioned God and Christianity. But let me be clear—there was no exaggeration, no hyperbole, no hate, no demagoguery in the speech. It did not mention, or advocate for a political party or politician. This speech was about the greatness and decency of America, and it honored the families of two local servicemen killed in action. As a Marine in uniform, I advocated for patriotism; I advocated for America and our fallen heroes . . . I did this in a time when the bashing of America gets center stage. That said, I do apologize to those who were offended by the words used and message conveyed on that Memorial Day in 2021.

It’s my sense, the timing of this freight train-moment was providential; I chose to respond now because the irony is, it’s election season. For me, the drumbeat of minority beliefs and opinions being the loudest and most publicized in our day to day culture and politics is tiring. I believe there is still a ‘silent majority’ in this country, and it’s high time for that silent majority to stop being silent. I encourage these folks to make their voice heard at the ballot box. Election Day is Nov 8th; early voting is already underway.

Jon Gackle
Farwell, Minn.