I applaud the letters of Sam Nelson and Ryan Quale because they put a very human face on a seemingly political and religious topic. Being gay or lesbian isn't about politics or religion, but someone somewhere decided to make it such. What ever happened to thinking -- just thinking about something and making up your own mind about how you feel about a topic instead of following some "agenda"?
One person continues to be maligned for exposing a scoundrel. The tapes, fortunately, are there for proof. A source reports that the message was the same at an earlier meeting with the Willmar clergy. "My Supreme Court friends say -- etc." Yet another clergy meeting in the Twin Cities? The meeting's invitations stated "bring your staff and interested parties." Pastor Brent Waldemarsen called to say he'd missed the Willmar meeting and was invited to attend. The meeting was not announced to be a fraternity gathering. No one was heard to say, "What you hear here stays here" (old military).
What Pastor Brent Waldemarsen, who secretly taped Dean Johnson, forgot was that religion and politics do not mix. It is not a good idea to stoop to a level of deceit in order to justify the means. The church does not need to get involved in politics, even if it means a vote may change the standard of living. Whether gay marriage is allowed shouldn't change the way many of us live, or what we believe in. By doing what Waldemarsen did, he could easily provoke some unwelcome attacks, which in this day and age are more likely to take place.
Mercy me, all these fancy awards being given for best actor or actress, supporting cast members, etc., etc., and no mention at all, at all, of the best imitator the world has ever seen. I, and most of the rest of the world, would have sworn it was Saddam Hussein who ordered the use of chemical and other weapons of mass destruction against Iran and against a village of his own citizens. We were just sure that was Saddam on TV telling the world he did have weapons of mass destruction and would use them against the United States. We were sure it was Saddam encouraging his troops to loot the ba
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.
Republicans have filed an ethics complaint against Senator Dean Johnson, saying his conduct has brought disgrace to the Senate.
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.
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
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.
The overwhelming suggestions and responses from the marriage protection people and concerned Minnesota citizens state concerning comprehensive and complete marriage protection have been incredible. We have also seen at least one local church leader that has been brave enough to risk criminal prosecution and violate the confidence of his own colleagues by secretly taping a closed and private conversation that indicated another colleague could well be trying to prevent people from wasting precious time and effort on a smokescreen issue that probably won't go anywhere anyway.