I believe if you look back and read the letters to the editor Pastor Brent Waldemarsen has written, you will never find the word "hate" mentioned. There is not a malicious bone in his body. Personally, I do not "hate" those who have alternative lifestyles, I just don't believe as a Christian nation we should be straying from the foundation our great nation was built on, which is the word of God. The breakdown of the family has created the society we live in today. We can't fix it by allowing alternative marriages. After gay marriage, what's next? Polygamy? Marriage to animals?
Hands off, to the people who have been writing to the editor. Sen. Dean Johnson does not deserve all the negative publicity. Go wash your hands.
I have read with great interest letters on both side of the Dean Johnson embellishment story. I have a question that I have not seen answered in any of the coverage by the media or in any of the letters I have read in the papers. Brent Waldemarsen taped this conversation, apparently without anyone there even knowing it. How did he just happen to have a tape recorder with him? Evidently it was very small if he was able to hide it. It strikes me as a bit of a stretch to think it was just coincidental. How did he know ahead of time what was going to be discussed?
To the supporters of Pastor Brent Waldemarsen: Would it also have been OK with you if Dean Johnson had secretly taped the session and used the tape to embarrass the pastors -- he weighing his words carefully, they speaking informally and off the record? Carol Schmiesing Willmar
In regards to the South Dakota governor and his abortion stand, I would like to share something that I read. A question asked by Sen. Nancy Jacobs to Jamie Raskin, professor of law at American University, about gay marriage. "Mr. Raskin, my Bible says marriage is only between a man and a woman. What do you have to say about that?" Raskin replied, "Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution.
If the Minnesota duck plan works at all, it will require some drastic changes. I submit the following for consideration. - The Department of the Interior must be influenced to cut limits and season lengths -- especially where birds are being over-harvested. The flooding of farm fields to attract ducks is a common practice south of Minnesota. We call that baiting. Political or lobbyist influence must be banished also. - Some say that the birds have changed flyways. Not true! The Dakotas do not have an increase of breeding birds.
Why do people have to use big words to impress or confuse people? If you just use simple words, more people will read and enjoy the article. We have another situation where a politician (Sen. Dean Johnson) has not told the whole truth, nothing but the truth. The Republican Party has already asked for Johnson to resign his position. He may have stretched the truth somewhat, but he hasn't done anything worse than the Republican Party has. If House Speaker Steve Sviggum embellished the truth, he probably stretched the truth to the point of not telling the truth.
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 wonder if Governor Pawlenty would consider a "health impact fee" on the wealthy. A corporate user health impact fee paid yearly by corporations for the pollution of the water and air to clean up the damage they do to our environment? We know he wants to use gambling to try and balance the budget. Who spends the most on gambling? Those in poverty trying to escape poverty.