To those who continue to denigrate, disparage, run down, besmirch, revile, smear, vilify, badmouth, and defame Sen. Dean Elton Johnson, I say this: You have earned the right to continue to snipe, but only if your own life is completely blameless and sin-free. You can't ever have made a single mistake! Because, if you cannot say that you, yourself, are above reproach, then you need to back off. Jesus put it much better than I ever could.
Regarding Sen. Dean Johnson's current situation, I am reminded of the words of Sister Helen Prejean in her book, "Dead Man Walking." She reminds us that "none of us is as bad as the worst thing we've ever done." While intentionally misleading his colleagues was a reprehensible act, if this is the worst thing he has ever done, he is certainly not beyond redemption. If sainthood is required for public service, then none of us is qualified. If intelligence, dedication and compassion are required, the senator has a lifetime record that demonstrates ample quantities of all. Bruce Reuss Willmar
I'm having a hard time understanding something. We have an elected official who lied. Why is all the focus on someone else? Sen. Dean Johnson is to represent us -- he was voted for. He lied. Shouldn't that upset us all? What else has he "sanded the truth" from? I was at the Capitol with the group from Willmar two years ago when we were told we could not tape him. My then 16-year-old son had brought a video camera as he was going to tape our meeting with Johnson for school. We were very disappointed when told no one could tape him. At the time I thought it rather odd.
Regarding the letters in the West Central Tribune on the marriage amendment, my question is whether a tape is made of the meeting on Jan. 19 or not, to me, isn't the issue. God is listening, is he not? Priscilla Wasberg Spicer
Sometimes it is hard to get all the facts into one short letter. Earl O. Knutson made the comment in his letter (Public Forum, Feb. 27) that I had not told all the truth. I believe he finished my point, that it is supply and demand that establishes the price at the pump. Oil companies average 10 cents profit per gallon of gas (the government's tax is about three times that amount or more). He mentioned that thermostats were turned down and people put on sweaters and used less fuel. That caused the demand to go down which increased supply, making my point.
The town of Pennock is seeking a unique solution to reopen its gas station and convenience store.After a year and a half of Phil's Corner sitting closed on the town's southside, city officials began looking for alternatives.
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.
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
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
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.