Constitutional amendments are costly, time-consuming, and very serious business. If we really need to protect the institution of marriage with an amendment, it is very important to cover all possibilities with this effort and treat marriage with the sacredness it deserves. Has anyone thought deeply enough to decide what the amendment should say about transsexuals that want to get married?
I found the front-page article calling for more pay for our legislators interesting. Does that mean that the ones we have now don't pass muster? Maybe we could do better? Carl T. Lundell Granite Falls
In answer to Joe Gimse's frontal attack against Sen. Dean Johnson for his stalling on a referendum, I would like to rise to the senator's defense. What he probably meant by our communities becoming "downtown Baghdads" is that if and when the majority have passed their repressive measures against gays, they in turn, in order to restore their own God-given rights to liberty and justice for all, may resort to -- I shudder to speak the word -- terrorism! After all, it's an old American tradition.
I would like to commend Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog and his total department for starting Project Lifesaver. Anyone who has a loved one or friend with Alzheimer's disease or autism should check this program out. The biggest worry is the people with Alzheimer's or autism could walk off and get lost. When this happens, it's total panic time. The person gets a transmitter the size of a wristwatch, which can be strapped to the wrist or leg area.
Taxpayers, please pay your fair share of income tax; we are living in the best country in the world. Jean Peterson Willmar
WASHINGTON -- Rob Reiner, director and producer whose success defines the term "box office" is on a dual crusade: to change the direction of politics, and to improve the performance of kids in schools. He hopes, someday, to be the Democrats' answer to Ronald Reagan. He is, like Reagan, the opposite of a political dilettante. He's thinking of the long term -- he's decided not to run for anything this year. He wants to end conservative ideology's long run that the Gipper inaugurated.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty's top education initiative -- requiring 70 percent of schools' budgets be targeted in the classroom -- passed its first test Thursday. The classroom budget limit bill survived a Republican-friendly House committee Thursday by a narrow 15-14 vote. In fact, the committee did not recommend the bill at all; generally a committee approval includes a recommendation. Rep. Bud Heidgerken, R-Freeport, recognized a weakness of this proposal when he voted against it Thursday.
Recently the United States House of Representatives voted 216-214 to pass the federal budget reconciliation bill that cuts nearly $40 billion from mostly student loans and human services. The Republican leadership argued this bill was necessary to slow the growth in entitlement spending and thus control the ever-expanding federal deficit. It seems both mean-spirited and shortsighted to make cuts in programs for the weak and vulnerable in our society. This will include drastic cuts to the already tight budgets supporting our foster care system and other vital human services.
How about a little support for our Kandiyohi County Board? These people sacrifice a lot of their time, and for what? All the money? Hardly. I don't believe any of them have future political ambitions or are looking for anything more than a little community service and respect. If the West Central Tribune keeps going after these individuals, we may find ourselves with no one willing to run for the job.
We have seen the caliber of three of Bush's cronies -- Joe Allbaugh, Mike Brown and Michael Chertoff -- but what happens to the civil service employees in the wonderful world of W? A woman with the improbable name of Bunnatine Greenhouse worked her way up to chief overseer of contracts at the Army Corps of Engineers. Bunny, as she is called, had earned a reputation for being a stickler for regulations during 20 years of receiving outstanding job reviews. Then she made "mistakes" that caused her to be demoted from the Senior Executive Service to a lower job. Her "mistakes"?