It seems strange to see TV ads looking for support for a war. I mean, in one breath, George Bush and the religious right proudly champion respect for life and the next thing, they're running ads to support a war? A war on terror, part of which includes homeland security and now includes Saudi Arabia supervising the comings and goings in our nation's shipping ports?
The 2006 session is set to begin on March 1, with an end date of May 22. Since Minnesota has two-year state budgets, the Legislature won't be crafting a budget this year. Instead, this shorter session will primarily focus on putting together a bonding bill to make investments in Minnesota's infrastructure, including some key area projects such as the Grass Lake restoration project, the New London dam and the Glacial Lakes Trail. We will also be discussing a variety of key policy issues.
In 1986, five local families purchased land along the west shore of Swan Lake to hunt and preserve critical wetlands and wildlife habitat. We've worked to maintain and improve these resources. This land is also used for the public good as a training area for public safety officers. In 2003, land abutting our property was purchased for residential development. This land consists of extensive wetlands and steeply sloped grasslands.
It's testimony to Sen. Dean Johnson's effectiveness and strength as a leader for the Willmar area and state that partisan operatives are working so hard to sow hatred here. Various people have driven to Willmar, and there's a steady drumbeat of letters saying that the only issue you should care about is getting a constitutional amendment on the ballot on gay marriage. The politics of prejudice would then sow hatred for several more months. What's really going on?
WASHINGTON -- When John F. Kennedy ran for president in 1960, he said some things about Catholic bishops that might, in today's climate, be condemned for insolence toward church authority. "I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute -- where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how to act," Kennedy said in 1960. "I do not speak for my church on public matters -- and the church does not speak for me." Kennedy, of course, spoke those words in an effort to fight anti-Catholic bigotry.
I am responding to the most recent but frequent accusation that many of us, in exercising our political rights as citizens, are "one-issue" people. The charge is true, and we stand convicted.
As the Minnesota Legislature opens shortly, the senators and representatives will face many issues. Certainly, one of the hot issues will be the future of eminent domain in the state. The issue of eminent domain has become a political hot potato following last year's U.S. Supreme Court decision in a Connecticut case.
SAN DIEGO -- The imbroglio over allowing a firm owned by the United Arab Emirates to control six U.S. ports -- in Miami, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Orleans, Newark and New York -- has brought to light one of President Bush's shortcomings. Although he holds the most important job in the world, Bush hates having to explain himself to the American people, members of his own political party, Congress, the federal judiciary, you name it. That's a problem. To be a good president, you have to know how to take criticism and admit mistakes and not simply hunker down and threaten to crush dissent.
In his letter in the Feb. 16 Public Forum, Norman Onstad cited several myths and truths about the world's supply of crude oil. While I cannot dispute the truths he sets forth, I think they aren't necessarily the whole truth. For example, it is true that "there is oil in... coastal areas." However, my understanding is that the amount to be found there is not enough to affect the world situation very much. As I understand it, one of the biggest finds in the past decade is the Thunderhorse field in the Gulf of Mexico. One Web site states that they hope to pump 250,000 barrels per day.
A concern I have is that the hunting in Minnesota is not very good compared to South Dakota. I know how the hunting is in South Dakota because I used to live there. One of the reasons the hunting isn't as good is because most of the prairie has been plowed and wetlands have been drained. Wildlife needs habitat to live and it has been destroyed. I hope some day we will be able to restore the habitat in Minnesota so the hunting can get better. Matt Glup Willmar