Did you ever notice how some politicians are doing the same job or similar jobs in different branches of the government for 20, 30 or more years and still don't get much accomplished? You hear how one of these politicians has been trying to pass the same bills for 30 or 40 years. Some people are slow to take a hint. They may pass a bill that makes a name for themselves and they're on their way.
My humble apology to David Schlosser for identifying him as a metropolitan reader (Public Forum, Jan. 24). I mistakenly was thinking Richfield instead of Northfield. My apologies, Mr. Schlosser.
SAN DIEGO -- I've had Mexicans tell me that they really don't understand Mexican-Americans. For one thing, they can't figure out how it is that a group of people who think and behave like any other group of Americans still consider themselves Mexican. Well, we're even. As a Mexican-American, I don't understand Mexicans -- especially about la politica (politics). I mean, if you're going to create political reform then, by all means, go ahead and create political reform. More power to you.
"Time after time, observers have questioned whether this country, or that people, or this group, are 'ready' for democracy -- as if freedom were a prize you win for meeting our own Western standards of progress." -- George W. Bush Nov. 6, 2003 "The beginnings of reform and democracy in the Palestinian territories are now showing the power of freedom to break old patterns of violence and failure." -- George W.
Some politicians take the high road by appealing to the desire for a fair, just and unified community. Others take the low road by appealing to the dark side of our nature, to racial and ethnic prejudice and hatred. There is political gold for a politician who can figure out how to mine the underground vein of prejudice within the present norms of political correctness, while appearing to be quite virtuous. The key is to package an appeal to prejudice inside of what appears to be a serious policy debate. Gov. Tim Pawlenty has obviously decided to take the low-road strategy.
It concerns me when our own school board even considers selling one of its schools so that a business can demolish it and use the space for more parking. Affiliated Community Medical Centers has gotten so much influence in this city that they have been able to do many things that other businesses would not, such as the building so close to First Street -- what happened to the setbacks? Now we are considering selling a school that serves many of our younger children with disabilities and many other community services. Where would these 3- and 4-year-olds go?
I guess I owe myself one more reply to Todd Raap, who has seen fit to spread around his blend of propaganda about Wal-Mart. Todd, you remind me of a hopeless romantic who sees things in black and white and states issues that do not relate to the community or the way people are doing business. It's too late to complain about how the big businesses are putting the smaller ones out of business. No one can make much of a living working for a small business to begin with. Where have you been? Living in some remote cabin in the hills? I said it once and I will say it again.
I'm afraid -- not of terrorists, nor as President Bush calls them, brutal enemies, Saddamists, murderers, and the like. I'm afraid that we the people have abdicated our control of our government. External threats exist, but they pale in comparison to the real threat -- that of losing a form of government that has withstood abuses and even a civil war, but which is being irrevocably eroded. A common tactic of governments wanting to solidify their power has been to invoke fear by painting an enemy as more powerful than the reality.
The Minnesota Timberwolves pulled the trigger Thursday night on a major trade sending forward Wally Szcerbiak to the Boston Celtics. The trade was a desperate effort to change the team's slumping performance by becoming more athletic and aggressively defensive. In addition to Szcerbiak, the Wolves' trade included center Michael Olowokandi, center Dwayne Jones and a future first-round draft choice.
Have you ever tried to find a parking space in downtown Willmar? It's a joke, isn't it? The city of Willmar had better pay attention if they want the downtown to prosper. I know of three or four buildings downtown that are vacant, or will become vacant soon. I say we bulldoze them and put in parking ramps. Why not? There are more businesses in downtown Willmar than there are at the Kandi Mall. The only reason the malls are full is because they have adequate parking.