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.
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
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.
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.
The overwhelming suggestions and responses from the marriage protection people and concerned Minnesota citizens state concerning comprehensive and complete marriage protection have been incredible. We have also seen at least one local church leader that has been brave enough to risk criminal prosecution and violate the confidence of his own colleagues by secretly taping a closed and private conversation that indicated another colleague could well be trying to prevent people from wasting precious time and effort on a smokescreen issue that probably won't go anywhere anyway.
I have been reading the letters about the marriage amendment to the Minnesota Constitution with some interest. I can see some validity on both sides of the question, and there are valid quotes from Scripture that seem to support both sides. However, I would suggest that the Bible doesn't really align itself readily with either extreme. The Scriptures do tell us to love our neighbor, our enemies, and everything in between.
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.
I have never come across this analogy: Pastor Brent Waldemarsen secretly tapes a person's conversation. Waldemarsen's premeditated actions, asking to be invited to the ministerial meeting, purchasing a taping device so small that it could be concealed and then secretly taping this meeting, have created an atmosphere of doubt in the hearts and minds of anyone seeking out the counsel of a clergyman. Pastor Waldemarsen, your actions have not measured up to your calling. The ends did not justify the means. Janet Flick Willmar
Republicans have filed an ethics complaint against Senator Dean Johnson, saying his conduct has brought disgrace to the Senate.
To those who continue to denigrate, disparage, run down, besmirch, revile, smear, vilify, badmouth, and defame Sen. Dean Elton Johnson, I say this: You have earned the right to continue to snipe, but only if your own life is completely blameless and sin-free. You can't ever have made a single mistake! Because, if you cannot say that you, yourself, are above reproach, then you need to back off. Jesus put it much better than I ever could.