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
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.
In Meeker County, there are few eyes on the future. They have been blinded. There are few ears listening to the citizens. They have been deafened. The voice of strong stewards appears to have been silenced. This is in reference to protecting natural environment, lakes, wildlife habitat, scenic sheds and rural character.
If any of you are fans of CBS' "60 Minutes," you no doubt were as appalled as I when their report of March 19 showed once again the total lack of compassion the Bush administration has for the United States, as well as the rest of the world, when it was revealed how resolute they are to deny publication of factual scientific reports of the dangers of global warming, and if we don't act to cut carbon dioxide emissions significantly within the next 10 years, global warming will be irreversable. All reports concerning global warming submitted to Congress must go through the White House, where al
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?
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.
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.