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.
In recent weeks, this page has seen a deluge of letters so similar that they must have come from the same copy machine and that are part of an obviously orchestrated campaign to whip up public fear concerning gay marriage. Gay marriage is a bad idea. Gay marriage is a bogus political issue. It's all about a national political strategy by Republican operatives to stay in power in Washington, D.C., and in St. Paul. If Republicans run on their sorry record of mis-governance, they will lose big time. So, how can the party of war and greed avoid this fate?
Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson may have been quoted accurately or inaccurately. I wasn't there. I don't know. But this troubling environment of spying and turning people over to the "authorities" is beginning to resemble a police state more than the United States. Have you read Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale"? I recommend it to you. In the meantime, perhaps Johnson would like to name all the members who were assembled at that January meeting and let us draw our own conclusions about who can be trusted and who cannot. Barbara J. Miller Eagan
WASHINGTON -- Russ Feingold tossed a political grenade at President Bush this week, but it fell into the middle of the Senate Democratic caucus. Many Democratic senators ran away. The grenade was the Wisconsin senator's proposal to censure the president for violating the law by ordering electronic surveillance on Americans without explicit congressional or court authorization. While the episode says more about Bush's political frailty than the first blush accounts have suggested, it also underscored the difference between Democratic activists and their leaders.
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.
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.
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.