WASHINGTON -- When John F. Kennedy ran for president in 1960, he said some things about Catholic bishops that might, in today's climate, be condemned for insolence toward church authority. "I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute -- where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how to act," Kennedy said in 1960. "I do not speak for my church on public matters -- and the church does not speak for me." Kennedy, of course, spoke those words in an effort to fight anti-Catholic bigotry.
It seems strange to see TV ads looking for support for a war. I mean, in one breath, George Bush and the religious right proudly champion respect for life and the next thing, they're running ads to support a war? A war on terror, part of which includes homeland security and now includes Saudi Arabia supervising the comings and goings in our nation's shipping ports?
It's testimony to Sen. Dean Johnson's effectiveness and strength as a leader for the Willmar area and state that partisan operatives are working so hard to sow hatred here. Various people have driven to Willmar, and there's a steady drumbeat of letters saying that the only issue you should care about is getting a constitutional amendment on the ballot on gay marriage. The politics of prejudice would then sow hatred for several more months. What's really going on?
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.
It was shocking to hear ex-President Bill Clinton at the Coretta Scott King funeral. He noted that there is a "woman" in that casket, once again treating women simply as sex objects. Earlier, when he saw a Peruvian mummy, he famously thought of her as merely a sex object. He spoke of Coretta and her "beauty" and then oddly said that "this would fill the bill." "Fill the bill"! One wonders if anything could satisfy the lust of Bill Clinton (could Hillary?). Yet the media did not seem to mention this odd performance. "Fill the bill"? At a funeral? Has he no decency?
WASHINGTON -- In some recess of David Irving's reptile brain, he knows that his indefensible imprisonment is helping his side. His side consists of all the enemies of open societies. Irving, born in England in 1938, was a prodigy of perversity, asking for a copy of "Mein Kampf" as a school prize.
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.
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.
A concern I have is that the hunting in Minnesota is not very good compared to South Dakota. I know how the hunting is in South Dakota because I used to live there. One of the reasons the hunting isn't as good is because most of the prairie has been plowed and wetlands have been drained. Wildlife needs habitat to live and it has been destroyed. I hope some day we will be able to restore the habitat in Minnesota so the hunting can get better. Matt Glup Willmar