This has been the best December and January cross-country skiing since my start in skiing in Willmar in 1974. Frosty trail (golf course), Prairie Woods, Sibley -- perfect. Don Fisher Willmar
Democrats think they have found their deliverer. He is the new governor of Virginia, Timothy Kaine. So confident are they that Kaine can lead them to the electoral promise land, they have tapped him to deliver their party's response to President Bush's State of the Union speech. Given the threats posed by foreign and domestic terrorists, Democrats risk exposing Kaine as an inexperienced lightweight who is not in the president's league of knowledge and experience.
It's been fairly quiet on the Highway 23 front. That probably will be changing in the not too distant future. The city of Paynesville will soon be asked for municipal consent, and the Region 8 Area Transportation Partnership will soon establish its future funding priorities. Let me start by complimenting the Minnesota Department of Transportation District Eight staff. In several years of working towards final design of the Paynesville area project, staff has been flexible, cordial, professional, and (perhaps most important) understanding.
In response to Wayne Cook's letter (Public Forum, Jan. 23), a few corrections. I am not a "metropolitan reader." I live in Northfield, which is not in the metro area and is a town smaller than Willmar. I grew up in Willmar, and still have occasion to visit often. What has continually chapped my hide in Cook's many letters is his view that his "brand" of Christianity and his set of moral values are the only correct beliefs... the only morality that is acceptable. I find that type of thinking narrow-minded and non-inclusive. I consider myself a Christian.
Here we go again! On Jan. 6, there was another two-car accident at the intersection of Highway 71/23 and 26th Avenue Northeast. Traffic had to be rerouted for about an hour. This time there were six people involved. Three people were treated and released from Rice Memorial Hospital. The Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad and the Willmar Fire Department responded to the accident and assisted with extricating a passenger from one of the vehicles. My husband's vehicle was broadsided at the same intersection on Nov. 10.
I read with interest the letter from Ed Mickelson (Public Forum, Dec. 21). I agree the ACGC School Board and administrators are responsible for the financial condition of our school, but the public is responsible for making the money available for them. I wonder how many people who voted against the referendum went to the meetings to find out the obstacles they are against. It is said that we have lower enrollment, so we need less money. This may be true, but we are supposed to keep class sizes low and all the students who leave are not from one age group.
The Kandiyohi County Board and County Administrator Wayne Thompson made a serious error in judgment in deciding to choose the next county administrator without having any public discussion. Our concern at this point is the method of selection, not the person selected -- we hope Family Services Director Larry Kleindl is successful if he becomes administrator.
WASHINGTON -- I believe that legalizing physician-assisted suicide is a mistake. I also believe that having federal courts and bureaucrats decide the issue is a mistake. This is a question that should be debated by the people and their representatives. That's why the Supreme Court was right this week to uphold Oregon's assisted-suicide law -- a law I would have voted against had I been an Oregon citizen, and would vote to repeal. Oregon passed the law in a referendum.
Now with the talk of an independent counsel to investigate wrongdoing by the Bush administration for spying on Americans to supposedly address the issue of dealing with terrorism, we ask what's the likelihood of anything coming of it, even if President George Bush is found guilty? He's guilty of lying and getting the United States involved in a war in Iraq under false pretenses. Sen.
A very vocal minority with an agenda to change America's value system has once again found a way to advance its agenda with the help of the media. AP movie writer, David Germain, wrote about the Golden Globe awards, "It was a triumphant night for films dealing with homosexuality and transsexuality." His article, carried by the West Central Tribune on Jan. 17, seems like an attempt to convince people that a homosexual lifestyle is good for society. It does make me wonder about the sexual orientation of the people voting on the awards, as well as those in the media who cover them.