Constitutional separation of powers does not mean separation of Democrat power and Republican power. Separation of constitutional power is separation of the executive power and legislative power and separation of judicial power. It is unconstitutional when one party, Democrat or Republican, has control of all three government branches. The president is elected to represent the constitution and enforce the law and treaties of the land. Legislators are elected to represent the constitution and the people of the United States.
BOSTON -- In my business, it's only fair to acknowledge a bias. My bias is named Ruthie. Ruthie is the youngest cousin in a bumper crop of babies that have extended our family over the last few years. When she was adopted, we didn't pass out cigars, we passed out Baby Ruth candy bars. Did I mention that Ruthie has two daddies, something her toddler cousins take for granted?
I read with interest the story (published March 14 in the West Central Tribune) concerning the "gag" policy sent to the Echo Press by Bill Schalow, former Pope County coordinator who now serves Douglas County in the same capacity. Schalow said the policy was one that he had "dusted off" from his time in Pope County. I'd like to know why there wasn't that outcry when he enacted that policy here in Pope County. When was that policy adopted in Pope County? Schalow says it was adopted in the 1990s when "Pope County workers were one strike." Gee, I don't recall our county employees on strike.
Mercy me, all these fancy awards being given for best actor or actress, supporting cast members, etc., etc., and no mention at all, at all, of the best imitator the world has ever seen. I, and most of the rest of the world, would have sworn it was Saddam Hussein who ordered the use of chemical and other weapons of mass destruction against Iran and against a village of his own citizens. We were just sure that was Saddam on TV telling the world he did have weapons of mass destruction and would use them against the United States. We were sure it was Saddam encouraging his troops to loot the ba
Many, many years ago, when I turned 70, Joe and I had a friendly chat about current events. Both our opinions were valid and we parted still friends, no big deal. In the meantime, Joe told Fred what I said. Fred told Bill. Bill told Jack, Jack told... etc. When it got back to me, I could have been liable to be sent to Sing Sing. If our original conversation had been taped, it would have been no big deal. Friends don't do that to friends. Talk about screwing up our original chat. Remember, hidden tapes cannot be used in our court system, much less in our private lives.
When will President Bush be given the credit he deserves for wanting our country and its citizens to have a safe and sane future? He spends most of his time and energy here and around the world with catastrophic problems. These require a lot of decisions for which he is often vilified and blamed. Our president has been spending most of his time and efforts trying his best, often at his own peril, to make our country a safe and sane one.
One person continues to be maligned for exposing a scoundrel. The tapes, fortunately, are there for proof. A source reports that the message was the same at an earlier meeting with the Willmar clergy. "My Supreme Court friends say -- etc." Yet another clergy meeting in the Twin Cities? The meeting's invitations stated "bring your staff and interested parties." Pastor Brent Waldemarsen called to say he'd missed the Willmar meeting and was invited to attend. The meeting was not announced to be a fraternity gathering. No one was heard to say, "What you hear here stays here" (old military).
What Pastor Brent Waldemarsen, who secretly taped Dean Johnson, forgot was that religion and politics do not mix. It is not a good idea to stoop to a level of deceit in order to justify the means. The church does not need to get involved in politics, even if it means a vote may change the standard of living. Whether gay marriage is allowed shouldn't change the way many of us live, or what we believe in. By doing what Waldemarsen did, he could easily provoke some unwelcome attacks, which in this day and age are more likely to take place.
I applaud the letters of Sam Nelson and Ryan Quale because they put a very human face on a seemingly political and religious topic. Being gay or lesbian isn't about politics or religion, but someone somewhere decided to make it such. What ever happened to thinking -- just thinking about something and making up your own mind about how you feel about a topic instead of following some "agenda"?
There seems to be a large amount of confusion and misinformation surrounding the taping of Sen. Dean Johnson's comments on the defense of marriage amendment at a New London pastors' meeting. I am a member of Harvest Community Church and Brent Waldemarsen is my pastor. I know that Waldemarsen has taken every opportunity to explain the circumstances surrounding the taping, but unfortunately, that message does not seem to be getting out in the local paper. First of all, this was not an informal lunch with fellow pastors, as Johnson first tried to characterize it.