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.
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.
Adolf Hitler once said if you tell a big lie loud enough and long enough, after a while people will believe it.
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.
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
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.
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
Taxpayers, please pay your fair share of income tax; we are living in the best country in the world. Jean Peterson Willmar
I would like to commend Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog and his total department for starting Project Lifesaver. Anyone who has a loved one or friend with Alzheimer's disease or autism should check this program out. The biggest worry is the people with Alzheimer's or autism could walk off and get lost. When this happens, it's total panic time. The person gets a transmitter the size of a wristwatch, which can be strapped to the wrist or leg area.
In answer to Joe Gimse's frontal attack against Sen. Dean Johnson for his stalling on a referendum, I would like to rise to the senator's defense. What he probably meant by our communities becoming "downtown Baghdads" is that if and when the majority have passed their repressive measures against gays, they in turn, in order to restore their own God-given rights to liberty and justice for all, may resort to -- I shudder to speak the word -- terrorism! After all, it's an old American tradition.