I'm having a hard time understanding something. We have an elected official who lied. Why is all the focus on someone else? Sen. Dean Johnson is to represent us -- he was voted for. He lied. Shouldn't that upset us all? What else has he "sanded the truth" from? I was at the Capitol with the group from Willmar two years ago when we were told we could not tape him. My then 16-year-old son had brought a video camera as he was going to tape our meeting with Johnson for school. We were very disappointed when told no one could tape him. At the time I thought it rather odd.
Regarding the letters in the West Central Tribune on the marriage amendment, my question is whether a tape is made of the meeting on Jan. 19 or not, to me, isn't the issue. God is listening, is he not? Priscilla Wasberg Spicer
Sometimes it is hard to get all the facts into one short letter. Earl O. Knutson made the comment in his letter (Public Forum, Feb. 27) that I had not told all the truth. I believe he finished my point, that it is supply and demand that establishes the price at the pump. Oil companies average 10 cents profit per gallon of gas (the government's tax is about three times that amount or more). He mentioned that thermostats were turned down and people put on sweaters and used less fuel. That caused the demand to go down which increased supply, making my point.
Regarding Sen. Dean Johnson's current situation, I am reminded of the words of Sister Helen Prejean in her book, "Dead Man Walking." She reminds us that "none of us is as bad as the worst thing we've ever done." While intentionally misleading his colleagues was a reprehensible act, if this is the worst thing he has ever done, he is certainly not beyond redemption. If sainthood is required for public service, then none of us is qualified. If intelligence, dedication and compassion are required, the senator has a lifetime record that demonstrates ample quantities of all. Bruce Reuss Willmar
You have to admire a man that accepts responsibility and publicly apologizes when he says something in the heat of the moment that turns out to be wrong. Sen. Dean Johnson did just that several times over the last week and once again proved his integrity and personal courage. I forgive him and I freely admit that I have said inaccurate things in public on more than one occasion. But I am not in the middle of an election and people generally don't go after me when I make a mistake. Don't forget, Chief Supreme Court Justice Russell Anderson was appointed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Our national leaders are eavesdropping on us and some local religious leaders are also eavesdropping without regard to anyone's privacy or rights. It was done maliciously and without regret. Just who is at work here and who can we trust? They are also pushing for an unnecessary constitutional amendment really hard. Why? I suspect a large conspiracy with an agenda not in the interest of the people of Minnesota. These things are a danger to the very roots of democracy; our Founding Fathers wisely created checks and balances in our government.
I am an independent voter, either party, but after reading about Sen. Dean Johnson's situation, I thought this was the worst that another minister would try to ruin the reputation of one of our more honest politicians and who also is a minister. Whichever party you belong to, this was the worst of the worst. When Johnson apologized the next day and said he embellished his comments, he showed his integrity.
The proponents of the marriage amendment have suffered a setback. I don't know what the pastor who released the tape was thinking. We assume he thought that once Sen. Dean Johnson's comments were exposed, the public would be repulsed by the senator's duplicity. Where has he been? Has he been out of the university so long that he thinks truth matters? For years now the professors of the left have been indoctrinating us with the philosophy that says truth is whatever you want it to be. Johnson is a model student.
There certainly is more than a germ of truth in the recent Olivia letter writer's point that Sen.
During the confirmation hearings of President Bush's two nominees for the Supreme Court, the liberals pressured both candidates to declare their stand and how they would vote on issues such as abortion. Both stated there is no way you can prejudge an issue.