NEW YORK -- At the National Black Fine Art Show, a painting by Harlem artist "Tafa" depicts an upside down "Christ-like" figure with a face that resembles Osama bin Laden. No Christians have threatened the artist, or bombed the building where it is displayed, or attacked the city government. Throughout the Middle East, state-controlled newspapers regularly depict Jews and Israeli leaders in despicable, stereotypical and anti-Semitic caricatures.
Since the president's State of the Union address, in which he vowed to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, the media has picked up on our growing use of ethanol, and now we're daily hearing of the benefits of using E-85 in our vehicles. I've been using E-85 off and on for a couple years in my Chevy Tahoe, and as far as I can determine, there are two good reasons to promote this alcohol blend. It burns cleanly, thereby spewing fewer pollutants into our air, and it should benefit the local farm economy. But we also hear how much money we're saving by purchasing the "cheaper" ethanol blend.
Is it over? I think it is, but I thought it was over before and then suddenly it all starts up again and someone comes up and says they saw me and I was wonderful -- and then asks, What is she really like? It has been this way now since I appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" about two weeks ago. With Oprah, the 15 minutes of fame could last a good half-hour. This is disheartening to a writer such as myself. Writers write for others, for readers, and so we seek an audience. I have had one for many years now and so I have experienced a dollop of fame.
Child labor is when children work for very little money, for many hours a day, and are abused at work. Many people have and love Disney products, but do they know who's making them? Well, children are making their products. Some of Disney's child labor takes place in China, Burma, and Haiti. In China, children work 10 to 13 hours and earn only 33 cents to 41 cents an hour. A Haitian worker earns only 7 cents for every Pocahontas pajama she makes. This sells for $11.97 in the United States.
The city of Willmar faces a decision on its future in choosing the direction of a new wastewater treatment plant project. Everyone was shocked this week by the latest estimate of $80 million for construction of a new wastewater treatment plant. City staff, council members, business owners and citizens were all surprised by the latest estimate. This is understandable when the estimate essentially doubled from the previous $40 million estimate from the year 2000. A common reaction, in addition to the sticker shock, is to question how or why the treatment plant price doubled.
Why is the West Central Tribune "picking on" the county? Why does the Tribune care how the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners decided to name a new county administrator? That's a rough approximation of some of the public discussion over the past two weeks since the Tribune first criticized the Kandiyohi County Board's conduct in this matter in an editorial published Jan. 24. We care because we believe the law was broken. We care because defense of the public's right to know is important.
I am writing in response to the article, "Taking a diverse approach" in the West Central Tribune, dated Jan. 31. I am responding to the multicultural market project. I think this is a great idea and gives more opportunities for residents of Willmar to experience different foods from different cultures. My husband is from Pakistan and is a local physician in Willmar. We eat a lot of Indian foods; however, we usually travel to Minneapolis to purchase items we need to make these foods. It would be very convenient for us, among others interested in Indian foods, to purchase these items locally.
Cynics, who don't believe President Bush when he says his own name, will find his sixth State of the Union address full of lies and distortions. I liked most of it, especially the first 20 minutes that he spent on terrorism and domestic security.
The Olivia Catholic church has a combination of chimes and bells that have turned into an annoying noise machine because of the high volume. These chimes are set to clang every 15 minutes between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Also, a set goes off at 5:30 p.m. for 15-plus minutes. Before the 8 a.m. Mass, it blasts for five minutes, disturbing the peace and quiet of people who are relaxing or resting. The priest and two committee members said this needs to happen because of tradition. Through telephone conversations, I was told my ears were too sensitive and I should adjust to this volume.
After 9/11, Condoleeza Rice, then President George W. Bush's national security advisor, said on television, "Who would have ever thought that anyone would take an airplane and fly it into a building?" After Hurricane Katrina and the dreadful flooding of New Orleans, President George Bush himself said, "No one ever thought the levees would break!" Now, the whole administration, including Bush, is saying in regard to the Palestinian election in Israel, "Nobody ever thought the Hamas party would win!" Come to think of it, Bush's father, former President George H.W.