As the Minnesota Legislature opens shortly, the senators and representatives will face many issues. Certainly, one of the hot issues will be the future of eminent domain in the state. The issue of eminent domain has become a political hot potato following last year's U.S. Supreme Court decision in a Connecticut case.
The explosive and divisive words of state Sen. Dean Johnson concerning the supporters of the marriage amendment have troubled me to the point that I must respond. In the West Central Tribune on Feb. 22, Johnson was quoted as saying, "I do not wish to have this state capital become downtown Baghdad on the gay marriage issue." What he was implying in that statement is clear: Supporters of the marriage amendment are out-of-control radicals who have the potential to cause harm to others for the sake of their cause. Nothing could be further from the truth.
WASHINGTON -- Americans owe a debt to Dubai Ports World for the storm the company has created with its pending takeover of operations at six U.S. seaports. Let us count the hypocrisies and the inconsistencies, the blind spots and the oversights that this controversy has revealed. Until this fight broke out about a week ago, it was impossible to get anyone but the experts to pay attention to the huge holes in the security of our ports. Suddenly, everyone cares.
In his letter in the Feb. 16 Public Forum, Norman Onstad cited several myths and truths about the world's supply of crude oil. While I cannot dispute the truths he sets forth, I think they aren't necessarily the whole truth. For example, it is true that "there is oil in... coastal areas." However, my understanding is that the amount to be found there is not enough to affect the world situation very much. As I understand it, one of the biggest finds in the past decade is the Thunderhorse field in the Gulf of Mexico. One Web site states that they hope to pump 250,000 barrels per day.
I debated a long time whether or not to reply to the recent editorial which referred to anyone who didn't share the same opinion as the writer as an ignorant racist. I asked myself, "Is it worth it, or should I just sit back and let what happens happen?" Well, obviously, I decided to respond. Now, the way I look at it, everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion. But please, let's remember, it is only an opinion even when the opinion is espoused by someone as brilliant and open-minded as an editor of what passes for a newspaper in our community.
SAN DIEGO -- The imbroglio over allowing a firm owned by the United Arab Emirates to control six U.S. ports -- in Miami, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Orleans, Newark and New York -- has brought to light one of President Bush's shortcomings. Although he holds the most important job in the world, Bush hates having to explain himself to the American people, members of his own political party, Congress, the federal judiciary, you name it. That's a problem. To be a good president, you have to know how to take criticism and admit mistakes and not simply hunker down and threaten to crush dissent.
Where has the civility, often referred to and known as "Minnesota nice," gone in this state? Our political discourse has become so politically polarized that both Republican and DFL legislators have to attend a workshop to learn how to get along. Thursday, two long-term Minnesota political leaders -- one Democrat and one Republican -- called for legislative reform to bring back better government. The truth is Minnesota citizens want good government and they haven't been getting it.
Everybody seems to know the mind of God these days. Lately, we are being endlessly subjected to various interpretations of his words on who can marry whom. Plus, God supposedly delivers messages to presidents, preachers and poll takers about war, sexuality and the next election. But, to tell the truth, I suspect these people are listening to the inside of their own heads, where echoes of what they want to hear tumble freely. It seems to me that you would get to know the mind of God by reading the New Testament to see what Jesus says.
How can Sen. Dean Johnson dismiss the marriage rally on Feb.11 as the divisive work of Republicans and fundamentalists? Is it because he is playing politics with the definition of marriage? Almost 300 people came to support the definition of marriage-- people from almost every denomination including Lutheran and Catholic churches. There were also many in the audience identifying themselves as Democrats. The polls show that 78 percent of District 13 voters are in support of the marriage amendment and want the right to vote. What part of a majority of Minnesotans does Johnson not understand?
The story is told of the moron who lost a quarter in the alley, but chose to look for it under the streetlight because it was easier to see with more light. The simple reason evolutionists have a problem with a creator is that the theory of evolution has for its foundation a theory. These so-called scientists depend on the five empirical senses -- see, hear, touch, taste and smell -- to prove their theory.