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  Backer sows division

To the Editor,
I recently received a letter from State Representative Jeff Backer that included slurs against “Minneapolis liberals”, “St. Paul liberals” and “homosexual activists” and “Metro Jay”, referencing Jay McNamar, an Elbow Lake resident who grew up in Ada MN.

Like Trump, Backer fails to grasp the fact that we are all in this together. Differing politics, differing regions, differing religions, differing orientations need to be treated as humans, part of our communities and part of our state. Demonizing Americans and Minnesotans leads to the gridlock we all abhor. America stands for respecting differences, not disenfranchising half of this state. In the last campaign, a huge infusion of out-state money funded an almost daily dose of glossy hate mail over the last month against McNamar. Now, his letter full of nothing more than name calling, continues sowing division.

So seems like the question this fall will be Backer’s gridlock and division, or McNamar‘s acknowledgement of one district and one state.

  Greg Boole, Campbell, MN
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