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.
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.
I am writing in regard to the March 4 editorial cartoon which took a shot at South Dakota's effort to outlaw unnecessary abortions. The message stated "no choice." I would like to offer three alternative choices to abortion. They are abstinence, birth control and adoption. It is much simpler and dramatic to reduce an issue to a black or white, either-or situation. I don't have a black and white answer to the abortion issue. I do feel that we could get rid of some of the rancor if both sides open up the debate beyond one way or the other. David Dvorak Madison
BOSTON -- Two months ago, when all eyes were on Samuel Alito's confirmation hearings, I traveled 1,300 miles west to Sioux Falls, S.D. I went to see the state where the right to abortion had already come down to this: one clinic, one day a week, one doctor. The women in the waiting room had come from all over the state. The doctor had flown in from Minneapolis. South Dakota had become a legislative laboratory for abortion restrictions. It had followed the blueprint that Alito himself had laid out in the 1980s.
After watching the Senate hearings to determine who was to blame over the almost unbelievable ineptitude in the Katrina disaster, I'm convinced that our commander-in-chief, along with his political stooge Michael Chertoff, should shoulder most of the blame. Even worse, it didn't take President Bush long to fire the FEMA head, Michael Brown. Having a close relationship with two people who work for FEMA, I have discovered some important facts about it. First of all, what is FEMA?