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 Muslim-Danish cartoon controversy has provided an excellent teaching opportunity in which the West demonstrates to the Arab world how even insulting/silly/opportunistic/sycophantic speech is allowed expression in our world in the belief that Truth ultimately will prevail. Exhibit A: Al Gore. The former vice president spoke in Saudi Arabia earlier this month at the 2006 Jeddah (not to be confused with Jihadist, though we're not sure why) Economic Forum, where he bashed the U.S. and made Kumbaya noises about all just-getting-along. Which is fine.
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.
The West Central Tribune seems to have nothing but praise for the Willmar Public Schools for holding public forums regarding increased funding for operation and bonding for a new building. I wonder why the paper has not asked more questions? Since 2001-2002, when the district went from severe debt to a fund balance, enrollment has decreased over 250 students (6 percent), revenue has increased a projected $4.5 million (13 percent) and expenditures have increased a projected $8.5 million (26 percent increase).
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.
BOSTON -- My professional tribe has long followed the motto best expressed by a former editor of mine: "If you have a fish in a barrel, shoot it." Of course this time, the target wasn't a fish, it was a quail -- or, to be more precise, a person behind a quail. It also wasn't in a barrel. It was on a Texas ranch. But you get the idea. After the vice president of the United States shot a hunting companion, it was open season on Dead-Eye Dick.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Maryland borders Pennsylvania, which borders Ohio, which borders Michigan. In that swath of America, extending 950 miles from the shores of the Chesapeake Bay to the shores of Lake Superior, this year's politics could produce a remarkable quartet of Republican victories -- black U.S.
No one answered my challenge of President George Bush's religious hypocrisy regarding policies favoring the rich and opposing the poor. They couldn't! It's obvious. Now I'd like veterans that support Bush to explain why. I believe someone serving their nation deserves fair treatment. Bush extols the virtues of the military. Why then did he attempt to cut salaries of those serving in Iraq? Why did his VA budget cut construction money? Why is he calling for increased co-pays for veterans? Why is he attempting to make it harder for vets to access the VA medical system?
Those of you who think your vote doesn't count are just dead wrong. The fact is, people are either too lazy or they just don't care. You've heard how our elected officials are influenced by special interest groups? Well, the most important "special interest group" is the voting public! We, the taxpayers, are the ones who are paying for everything, so attend your local caucus. You need to be involved in the beginning of your local, county, district and state levels in order to completely exercise your right to vote.
Minnesota is facing its largest influx of immigrants in nearly a quarter of a century at the same time immigration is becoming a political issue. More than 11,700 people immigrated to Minnesota in 2004, according to Homeland Security Data released this week. The leading group -- totaling 1,445 -- of new wave immigrants was from Somalia, according to The Associated Press. There are many reasons why immigrants come to Minnesota. Some are the same reasons as in the past when many Norwegians, Swedes, Irish, Germans and others immigrated to the state. The state economy drew new immigrants.