To the editor:
New Ulm is a nice place to live and raise a family. It is relatively safe and quiet. For the most part, the people treat one another with consideration and respect. Everyone pretty much goes about his own business without having to be concerned about crime and the other factors that make life unpleasant in some other places.
What is it that makes our social interaction here so good? One could list a number of contributing factors, but the one that sticks out in my mind is this: The people of this city, for the most part, are people with strong moral values. We have been raised to know the difference between right and wrong, and we live by those values as best we can.
We respect one another's property. We work hard to make a living. We help the young, the weak, and those less fortunate than ourselves.
And we know what is right and wrong when it comes to marriage.
Visitors from other parts of Minnesota have commented on how many VOTE YES lawn signs New Ulm has, compared with other cities. They are surprised at how many people in our city are willing to openly show their support for the Marriage Amendment.
They don't understand that to us, the decision to vote yes is an easy one, because we know the difference between right and wrong when it comes to marriage. It's part of that strong moral fiber that makes up the fabric of our community's character.
They may call us backward. They may tell us we need to evolve. But we know better. We know the difference between right and wrong. And that's something I hope never changes.
Michael A. Thom