SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- To know what's at stake in the Supreme Confirmation hearings, it's best to travel 1,200 miles west from the paneled Senate room to a small nondescript clinic in a Great Plains state. It's best to turn from the blue-and-white charts brandished by senators to the parking lot filled with cars from places as far away as Rapid City or even Wyoming. It's best to turn from the buzz about precedents and privacy to the quiet of a waiting room. Here, late in the afternoon, the clinic is still full.
There are many worthwhile programs for seniors in Minnesota -- one of which is senior dining. There is no reason whatsoever for a senior citizen age 60 and over not to have good meal. Every day, Monday through Friday, a well-balanced meal is served at the VFW dining room in Willmar for a small fee. The menu is published every Wednesday in the Tribune. It is up to you to call in the day before to make your reservation. The number is 235-9811. Come for the fellowship, come to make new friends, come to take part in their activities, and become a part of the group.
If you're the sort who enjoys those giant jigsaw puzzles that consume consecutive summer vacations, have we got a scandal for you! Corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff may be the biggest piece of the puzzle, but there are scores of others that, once pieced together, form an almost cartoonish picture of greed and corruption.
I am very distressed when I listen to the news about all the criticism directed toward President George Bush. People may not realize it, but they are looking at a man who will go down in history as one of our great presidents. Our history of presidents is colored with the actions of many great leaders. George Washington was asked to resign twice. Abraham Lincoln was also asked to resign twice. Teddy Roosevelt was the most colorful of our presidents. He took over the Panama Canal project when the French abandoned it and completed the project against all odds.
WASHINGTON -- "You can only help people if you have sufficient resources and they have sufficient political unity and will to be helped," declared Anthony Cordesman, the well-known military analyst.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty took a kinder, gentler tone Thursday with his latest immigration proposals for Minnesota. It is a step in the right direction for west central Minnesota. The latest Pawlenty proposals seek to encourage legal immigration, while his earlier proposals aggressively moved against illegal immigration. Among his proposals are providing tax credits to encourage immigrants to become citizens and another to assist immigrants in learning English. Pawlenty is seeking more foreign doctor visas to help recruit doctors for rural Minnesota.
When did the word "monopoly" become just the name of a board game? At one time our government was the watchdog, the sentinel at the gate that protected us from big corporations with their consuming greed and lust for power. No more. Now we are marching to their drumbeat and have become less the individual but more like the sameness of creatures born in a petri dish. The biggest glutton of all is Wal-Mart. Our city is welcoming them with their new superstore and they in turn will be destroying every independent business in the area.
A new era is about to dawn in Willmar Monday. A real estate closing is expected, selling the majority of the land and buildings at the Willmar Regional Treatment Center to a private Willmar company. MinnWest Technology of Willmar will purchase 95 acres and 37 buildings on the WRTC campus for $900,000. MinnWest is a partnership of Nova-Tech Engineering and Epitopix, two Willmar companies with roots in Willmar Poultry. Kandiyohi County will purchase the remaining 18 acres and seven buildings for $1. MinnWest Technology intends to house Nova-Tech and Epitopix on its new campus.
Samuel Alito felt he had to appease the liberal gods during the early stages of his Senate Judiciary Committee hearings by declaring he has "no agenda." Conservatives are supposed to say such things, whether they mean it or not. Liberals have an agenda: to change the culture of the nation by judicial edicts. Sen. Charles Schumer, New York Democrat, summarized the left's agenda.
SAN DIEGO -- I took an early liking to Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito Jr. I thought it was charming that he had said that the life story of his Italian immigrant father was much more interesting than his own. But now I've seen something I don't like.