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.
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.
Supporters of a marriage amendment to our state constitution rallied to win support for their cause in Willmar recently. I hope they fail, and here's why: First, the marriage amendment is nothing but a distraction from the real issues, and it represents a waste of our legislators' valuable time and attention. Last year we lived through an unnecessary government shutdown, and the Legislature has yet to deliver on issues that actually affect the lives of Minnesotans, like rising health care costs and property taxes for hard-working citizens and families.
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.
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?
As I sat watching President George Bush make his State of the Union speech the other night, I kept wishing he would say what he should have said from the start: We've got this catastrophe on our hands because of the hurricanes that have been hitting our shores and whether the Iraqi people are ready or not, we are ending our three-year stay in their country. We are bringing our troops home to help in recovery from these disasters.
Who is he? Does he rue the day when he picked up the phone, dialed the number, waited a ring or two -- and then quickly hung up. He called later that same day, this time getting a voice, and in panic hung up again. He had stuff to tell a reporter about how the Bush administration was distorting intelligence about Iraq, but he worried: Could the reporter protect his identity? This person of my fervid imagination surely exists.