When our Constitution was debated among our Founding Fathers, compromises were made. It was decided that the Senate was comprised of two senators for each state, thereby protecting the rights of small states. The House was represented according to population in order to protect the rights of the more populous states.
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
This letter is a point of clarification regarding the article Thursday in the West Central Tribune about the meeting between the New London-Spicer Ministerial and Sen. Dean Johnson. After a request from one of the pastors in the NLS area for Johnson to speak to our ministerial group about a possible marriage amendment, he was invited, and came to our January meeting. A pastor from a Willmar church also came because he said he was not able to attend the Willmar ministerial meeting last fall when this same topic was addressed.
WASHINGTON -- Russ Feingold tossed a political grenade at President Bush this week, but it fell into the middle of the Senate Democratic caucus. Many Democratic senators ran away. The grenade was the Wisconsin senator's proposal to censure the president for violating the law by ordering electronic surveillance on Americans without explicit congressional or court authorization. While the episode says more about Bush's political frailty than the first blush accounts have suggested, it also underscored the difference between Democratic activists and their leaders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.