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
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'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.
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.
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
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
The March 17 edition of the West Central Tribune and the Minneapolis Star Tribune is a tale of two newspapers. The West Central Tribune's headline focused on the ethics of taping a public ministerial meeting in which Sen. Dean Johnson made untruthful statements to his ministerial colleagues. The focus was on the ethics of the recording, not the ethics of the statements Johnson made.
We've all heard and read about the pickle our state senator's gotten himself into, but there's one possibility I've never read about or heard discussed. Isn't there a possibility Dean Johnson was telling the truth the first time and now he has to "embellish the truth" by making peace with his friends in the Supreme Court? (As if they'll ever talk to him in confidence again!) Hey, anything's possible. I did something in the last congressional election I said I'd never do in my lifetime -- I voted for a Kennedy! See, anything's possible! John Tradup Willmar
How can Sen. Dean Johnson have the audacity to state, "I have no respect for professional clergy who conduct themselves in this manner" in reference to the recording of his untruthful statements to his fellow colleagues? If that's not the pot calling the kettle black, I don't know what it. Does Pastor Johnson have respect for himself for lying to the pastors? His constituents would have some respect for him if he didn't try to direct blame for his conduct to someone else. Pastor Brent Waldemarsen is not to blame.
Leviticus 18:22 "You shall not lie with a male as those who lie with a female; it is an abomination." Leviticus 20:13 "If a man lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination and they shall surely be put to death." The use of Leviticus to condemn and reject homosexuals is obviously a hypocritical, selective use of the Bible against gays and lesbians. Nobody today tries to keep all the laws of Leviticus. Leviticus 11:1-12 states that all unclean animals are forbidden as food, including rabbits, pigs, oysters, shrimp, lobsters, crabs, and clams.