The March 17 edition of the West Central Tribune and the Minneapolis Star Tribune is a tale of two newspapers. The West Central Tribune's headline focused on the ethics of taping a public ministerial meeting in which Sen. Dean Johnson made untruthful statements to his ministerial colleagues. The focus was on the ethics of the recording, not the ethics of the statements Johnson made.
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We've all heard and read about the pickle our state senator's gotten himself into, but there's one possibility I've never read about or heard discussed. Isn't there a possibility Dean Johnson was telling the truth the first time and now he has to "embellish the truth" by making peace with his friends in the Supreme Court? (As if they'll ever talk to him in confidence again!) Hey, anything's possible. I did something in the last congressional election I said I'd never do in my lifetime -- I voted for a Kennedy! See, anything's possible! John Tradup Willmar
In response to the headlines and stories in the West Central Tribune on March 17 and 18, I say Senator Johnson knows that many of his constituents do not favor the proposed constitutional amendment concerning marriage. I applaud the position he has taken and his courage in standing up to his critics. Eleanor Swanson New London
What kinds of values are being preached in Minnesota churches? Are some denominations targeted with scripted pro-administration values to pass on to their congregations? The basic message of my church has been one of love for one another. President George Bush's actions and policies of funding cuts to programs for children, the poor, and veterans' care while touting his Christianity are hypocrisy full blown.
WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress retire all the time, but some retirements are leading indicators of the direction of our politics. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert's announcement last week to call it quits matters. The affable 69-year-old New York Republican is one of the last of a breed: a liberal Republican, though he calls himself a "moderate" and has the record to prove it. Boehlert's departure does not leave the House completely bereft of liberal Republicans -- Rep. Jim Leach of Iowa is actually more liberal than Boehlert. But Leach, alas, is an outlier.
This meeting of the ministers, with Senator Johnson as the speaker was only for one reason, and that was for the senator to gain support for his support of not letting a vote come up on the Defense of Marriage Amendment. The senator used the power of the title supreme court justice and to make it more effective, he added the chief justice. This had to get the attention of the ministers.
Outside the margins of any great book, the reader will hear the author's voice whispering its essence. The mindful reader listens and is enlightened. I'm a gay male, born and raised in New London. When you talk to me about social marginalization, you're 'preaching to the choir'. Pondering Senator Dean Johnson's taped conversation with the NL-S Ministerial Association, I can only roll my eyes. I scoff at Mr. Johnson, the NL-S Ministerial Association, its organizer Bill Miller, and the lecherous "tape-recorder" himself, Mr.
Republicans are sure getting hot under the collar about Dean Johnson's activities. This is really odd because I don't remember any such Republican steam being blown about Vice President Dick Cheney a few years back. Cheney went on a hunting trip with U. S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on the eve of a Supreme Court decision that personally involved the vice president. If memory serves me right, the decision was about whether Cheney had to release, to the press, the list of Energy Task Force members who wrote the energy bill.
I'm not worried about the ethics of Senator Dean Johnson; he has proven again and again that he is a man of exemplary character. What I am concerned about is the petty piety of the self-righteous minister with the red-hot tape recorder. I bet he thought Christmas had come early this year, when he was a guest at that ministerial meeting, and was excited as a little boy eavesdropping on his parent's conversation about Christmas gifts. Entrapment is such a nasty, dark-alley kind of word. When Senator Johnson decided to go into politics he knew it was a dirty game.