In the March 16 West Central Tribune, Sen. Dean Johnson was quoted as saying, "I don't answer to them, I answer to my constituents." I'm a constituent and always have been one of his supporters. Over 70 percent of his constituents want to be able to vote in November on a marriage amendment. He needs to evaluate that if he doesn't use his political and leadership influence to answer his constituents and give us what we want now, he will have to answer to us in November. H. Eugene Hippe Willmar
Recently there has been a lot of news about the gay marriage amendment. Letters to the editor have been numerous on both sides. The Senate will probably not allow this amendment to get on the ballot. Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson is apparently very concerned about the welfare of gays and lesbians. His real reason for keeping the marriage amendment off the ballot is that such an amendment would bring out a heavy vote at the polls. Many of these people are only interested in this amendment and may not otherwise vote.
We would like to use this venue to thank Sen. Dean Johnson and all of the people who are working to ensure that all of our citizens will be treated without discrimination. Changing our constitution is a very serious matter and should be done only when the passion of "right and wrong" have been calmed and we can all consider it rationally. Shirley and Jim Conway Willmar
Senator Johnson: Yes, It is about "integrity and keeping your word." I read Thursday's front page article about Sen. Dean Johnson's controversial comments at the New London-Spicer Ministerial January meeting with interest. I was there, and with my colleagues I heard what the senator said and promised.
The straw that broke the camel's back was the recent ad placed in the paper using this scare tactic -- it asked what will our children learn if gay marriage is allowed? Hopefully, our children will learn about the constitution and how it was written to protect our rights and should not be rewritten to infringe on a person's right to have the same rights as you and me. If the group who placed the ad is there to "protect" the sanctity of marriage, how about the other threats to a marriage, such as spousal and child abuse, divorce and poverty.
Why should newspapers matter? In the Internet age, when virtually anything you want to know is available 24/7, should people not already in the habit of reading newspapers care if they survive? Think of it this way: newspapers are to the brain what exercise is to the body. Television, which delivers limited amounts of news with an eye on demographics and advertisers, is more like junk food -- immediately satisfying, but not good for you if consumed in large quantities.
A Minnesota House committee approved a bill Wednesday that would require proof of citizenship for voter registration in Minnesota. Under the proposed bill, all voters -- new voters and longtime voters -- who are registering to vote would be required to provide a birth certificate, a passport or naturalization papers. The House and Senate should both reject this bill as it would create an adversarial atmosphere for all potential voters attempting to register. The bill supporters claim the requirement to prove citizenship would provide confidence in the voting system and is simply common sens
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.
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.
The West Central Tribune's headline article, "Johnson comes under fire from marriage group," is an example of slanted journalism, an attempt to divert the public's attention from the real issue to some contrived or lesser issue. The real issue is Senator/Pastor/Chaplain Dean Johnson's behavior. Johnson stated to the New London/Spicer Ministerial that he had conversations with Minnesota Supreme Court justices assuring him that they would not hear a challenge to the Minnesota marriage statute, conversations Johnson now denies having.