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.
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.
There certainly is more than a germ of truth in the recent Olivia letter writer's point that Sen.
With regard to Sen. Dean Johnson's conversations with members of the Supreme Court, I don't think he embellished. I think he lied. Fran Swanson Benson
I've often said "Giving birth to a healthy, wanted, provided-for child, with the emphasis on 'wanted,' is mankind's greatest contribution." Now I see where two brainwashed individuals from Long Prairie and Delano want to pass legislation which takes away the precious privilege of deciding if and when. If either of these two has fathered more than 10 children, I humbly apologize. If not, I consider them both to be hypocrites. Having traveled extensively in Mexico and Central America, I've seen 5-year-olds scrounging in the city dump looking for something to eat.
One of Sen. Dean Johnson's jobs at the Capitol is to protect the constitution. The constitution was written by people who were a lot smarter than the religious zealots who are trying to change it. I know that the senator's moral and religious beliefs are far above the hate-mongers who are trying to slander him. Glen Rambow Raymond
I must commend Brent Waldemarsen for his nerve and desire to expose Dean Johnson. I know it's never good to do things undercover, but for the good of all, it was a courageous thing to do. Dean Johnson has lied and deceived us long enough. It's time for a change. Caroline Kreps Willmar
We support Sen. Dean Johnson in the difficult matter of a recent private conversation with pastoral colleagues concerning the proposed marriage amendment to the Minnesota Constitution.
Since the first serpent reared its cunning head in the Garden of Eden, society has lived with snakes among us. Why, then, should we be surprised by the recent taping at a local ministerial meeting? Alice Johnson New London