In the March 16 West Central Tribune, Sen. Dean Johnson was quoted as saying, "I don't answer to them, I answer to my constituents." I'm a constituent and always have been one of his supporters. Over 70 percent of his constituents want to be able to vote in November on a marriage amendment. He needs to evaluate that if he doesn't use his political and leadership influence to answer his constituents and give us what we want now, he will have to answer to us in November. H. Eugene Hippe Willmar
Recently there has been a lot of news about the gay marriage amendment. Letters to the editor have been numerous on both sides. The Senate will probably not allow this amendment to get on the ballot. Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson is apparently very concerned about the welfare of gays and lesbians. His real reason for keeping the marriage amendment off the ballot is that such an amendment would bring out a heavy vote at the polls. Many of these people are only interested in this amendment and may not otherwise vote.
We would like to use this venue to thank Sen. Dean Johnson and all of the people who are working to ensure that all of our citizens will be treated without discrimination. Changing our constitution is a very serious matter and should be done only when the passion of "right and wrong" have been calmed and we can all consider it rationally. Shirley and Jim Conway Willmar
The West Central Tribune's headline article, "Johnson comes under fire from marriage group," is an example of slanted journalism, an attempt to divert the public's attention from the real issue to some contrived or lesser issue. The real issue is Senator/Pastor/Chaplain Dean Johnson's behavior. Johnson stated to the New London/Spicer Ministerial that he had conversations with Minnesota Supreme Court justices assuring him that they would not hear a challenge to the Minnesota marriage statute, conversations Johnson now denies having.
A Minnesota House committee approved a bill Wednesday that would require proof of citizenship for voter registration in Minnesota. Under the proposed bill, all voters -- new voters and longtime voters -- who are registering to vote would be required to provide a birth certificate, a passport or naturalization papers. The House and Senate should both reject this bill as it would create an adversarial atmosphere for all potential voters attempting to register. The bill supporters claim the requirement to prove citizenship would provide confidence in the voting system and is simply common sens
When our Constitution was debated among our Founding Fathers, compromises were made. It was decided that the Senate was comprised of two senators for each state, thereby protecting the rights of small states. The House was represented according to population in order to protect the rights of the more populous states.
This letter is a point of clarification regarding the article Thursday in the West Central Tribune about the meeting between the New London-Spicer Ministerial and Sen. Dean Johnson. After a request from one of the pastors in the NLS area for Johnson to speak to our ministerial group about a possible marriage amendment, he was invited, and came to our January meeting. A pastor from a Willmar church also came because he said he was not able to attend the Willmar ministerial meeting last fall when this same topic was addressed.
In recent weeks, this page has seen a deluge of letters so similar that they must have come from the same copy machine and that are part of an obviously orchestrated campaign to whip up public fear concerning gay marriage. Gay marriage is a bad idea. Gay marriage is a bogus political issue. It's all about a national political strategy by Republican operatives to stay in power in Washington, D.C., and in St. Paul. If Republicans run on their sorry record of mis-governance, they will lose big time. So, how can the party of war and greed avoid this fate?
Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson may have been quoted accurately or inaccurately. I wasn't there. I don't know. But this troubling environment of spying and turning people over to the "authorities" is beginning to resemble a police state more than the United States. Have you read Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale"? I recommend it to you. In the meantime, perhaps Johnson would like to name all the members who were assembled at that January meeting and let us draw our own conclusions about who can be trusted and who cannot. Barbara J. Miller Eagan
WASHINGTON -- Russ Feingold tossed a political grenade at President Bush this week, but it fell into the middle of the Senate Democratic caucus. Many Democratic senators ran away. The grenade was the Wisconsin senator's proposal to censure the president for violating the law by ordering electronic surveillance on Americans without explicit congressional or court authorization. While the episode says more about Bush's political frailty than the first blush accounts have suggested, it also underscored the difference between Democratic activists and their leaders.