Adolf Hitler once said if you tell a big lie loud enough and long enough, after a while people will believe it.
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.
Kandiyohi County's Board of Commissioners faces a major decision Tuesday when it again considers whether its daytime meetings should be televised on the local cable access channels. If the commissioners truly believe in open government access, they will vote Tuesday to start televising their meetings on a tape-delayed basis on WRAC. We commend County Board Chairman Dean Shuck for raising the issue of televised County Board meetings at a meeting last month. It is shocking that the county has lagged decades behind the city of Willmar and Willmar Public Schools on this issue. Willmar's counci
Jews run Hollywood, some say. If they do, one might expect them to produce films that better reflect their heritage and values, rather than serve as apologists for those who wish to exterminate the Jewish people. Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony was only be about the gay-friendly flick "Brokeback Mountain," but also about whether the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will award an Oscar to a film called "Paradise Now," which in January won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film. The Golden Globes often foretell which movies are likely to win Oscars.
The majority of Minnesotans want the opportunity to vote on the gay marriage amendment. If the Democrats would take five minutes to say "yes" to that, the Senate could get back to the other issues that you consider "the people's business." It seems to me the amendment is the people's business. If the Defense of Marriage Act that they say will stop same-sex marriage is so much better than the laws that have been overturned in other states, why don't they explain why? Gordon Bloomquist Atwater
In response to the letter in the Public Forum on Feb. 26, the slowing down of business in the downtown area was started many years ago when parking meters were installed. People didn't like the hassle of looking for a coin and watching a clock. And also, when Litchfield Avenue was blocked off at both ends, I grant you, that was a good thing. It got highway and heavy traffic and trucks out of downtown. I think that should have been done differently at that time, which I understand is in the making now.
Constitutional amendments are costly, time-consuming, and very serious business. If we really need to protect the institution of marriage with an amendment, it is very important to cover all possibilities with this effort and treat marriage with the sacredness it deserves. Has anyone thought deeply enough to decide what the amendment should say about transsexuals that want to get married?