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
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
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?
Minnesota voters will consider in November a proposed constitutional amendment which would dedicate all of the state's motor vehicle sales tax revenue to transportation. Under the proposal as it is currently written, at least 40 percent of the funding would be targeted to transit and up to 60 percent of the funds be designated for roads and bridges. In other words, transit is guaranteed 40 percent and could get more up to 100 percent.
Curses on William Ryan. Back in 1976, he published a book called "Blaming the Victim," coining a valuable phrase and making it virtually impossible to do what his title suggested. Ryan was on to something, but he has nonetheless made it a lot harder to say, as I am about to, that some of people we have made into victims had a hand in their own fate. Specifically, they were drunk. In New York, for instance, a cop was buried last month with full honors and called a hero. His name was Eric Hernandez and while off duty and out of uniform, he had gotten into a fight with some goons.
WASHINGTON -- In spite of President Bush's almost unprecedented reluctance to use the veto power conferred by the Constitution -- on March 23, Bush will have served longer without issuing a veto than any president since Jefferson, who vetoed nothing in two full terms -- he says the nation needs, and implies that he would robustly use, a line-item veto power that Congress can and should give him. But both the "can" and the "should" are problematic. The word "veto" is not in the Constitution.
Bonnie Wilhelm, in her announcement for her candidacy for the Minnesota House of Representatives from District 13B, raises serious questions which it is her duty to answer to the satisfaction of the voters in her district. In her letter to the editor of this newspaper printed on May 19, 2005, which to me indicated at that time she planned to run for the Legislature, she came out strong for the proposition that Gov. Tim Pawlenty is the boss of Minnesota, whose "ground rules" are to be obeyed by everyone, including the legislators.
June 24, 1944 - March 7, 2006 BENSON -- Richard Leroy "Dick" Braaten, 61, of Brooklyn Park, formerly of Benson, died March 7 at his home in Brooklyn Park. The service will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Zniewsk Funeral Home Chapel in Benson. Burial will be at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Benson. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Thursday. He was born June 24, 1944, in Benson to Roy and Rose (Maras) Braaten. He grew up in Benson and graduated from Benson High School. He worked at the Red Owl Grocery Store during high school.
Nearly a decade after installing broadcast equipment in their board room at an estimated cost of $165,000, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners finally made the right decision Tuesday to start televising its meetings. The commissioners are to be commended for their correct decision, despite continuing concerns by some commissioners as to the value of televising county meetings, the viewership of the government meetings on WRAC 8 and the cost of the public access. Sometimes the commissioners make the right decision despite their own misplaced beliefs.
After watching the Senate hearings to determine who was to blame over the almost unbelievable ineptitude in the Katrina disaster, I'm convinced that our commander-in-chief, along with his political stooge Michael Chertoff, should shoulder most of the blame. Even worse, it didn't take President Bush long to fire the FEMA head, Michael Brown. Having a close relationship with two people who work for FEMA, I have discovered some important facts about it. First of all, what is FEMA?