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?
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
Minnesota and baseball will miss Kirby Puckett as we have missed his play since his premature retirement from America's game. Puckett's death Monday would be tragic for any man at the age of 45.
Adolf Hitler once said if you tell a big lie loud enough and long enough, after a while people will believe it.
Exclusive (one man and one woman) heterosexual marriage is and has been the basic building block "meat and potatoes" of all civilized society since the beginning of the human race. The Ten Commandments were given to protect spiritual relationships with our creator and each other, governments, and society at large to ensure freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to all who would uphold and secure them in their laws. I can't help noticing that some critics of traditional marriage insist that both same-sex individuals and same-sex relationships have been discriminated against.
As Speaker of the House, it is my job to travel the state to hear the thoughts and opinions of Minnesotans. I came to Willmar before the legislative session to discuss core priorities of the Minnesota House this session. A recent editorial in the West Central Tribune referring to single-issue agendas, such as the proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage blatantly ignores the House Republican agenda presented in Willmar. House Republicans are advocating for property tax relief, a fair and balanced bonding bill, education accountability and health care reform this session.
If you listen to the Republicans and the Democrats they talk about who might steal their votes. The voters are talking about wasting a vote if they vote for the candidate they think may lose. Let me tell you the real truth here: If you vote for the lesser of two evils instead of the one you really would like to have win, you are wasting your vote and your time. This year we will be electing the governor of our state. We have several choices. We can vote for only one.
SAN DIEGO -- Juan Hernandez once had a job that many Mexican-Americans would love to have. From December 2001 to September 2003, the native Texan and professor of U.S.-Mexico studies served as the equivalent of Mexico's ambassador to Mexican immigrants living in the United States. As the director of President Vicente Fox's Office for Mexicans Abroad, he served as a go-between and reintroduced Mexico to its runaway children in the north.
One of the issues getting much attention in our state recently is the defense of marriage amendment. I see this as a question of equal rights and justice. This amendment would abridge the rights and be an injustice to people who are gay or lesbian. I do not feel that my marriage of 46 years is endangered in any way by the existence of single-sex couples. I do feel endangered by people who seek to abridge the rights of fellow citizens. Our United States and state constitutions are frameworks of provisions that spell out the powers and limits of our government.