Cynics, who don't believe President Bush when he says his own name, will find his sixth State of the Union address full of lies and distortions. I liked most of it, especially the first 20 minutes that he spent on terrorism and domestic security.
After 9/11, Condoleeza Rice, then President George W. Bush's national security advisor, said on television, "Who would have ever thought that anyone would take an airplane and fly it into a building?" After Hurricane Katrina and the dreadful flooding of New Orleans, President George Bush himself said, "No one ever thought the levees would break!" Now, the whole administration, including Bush, is saying in regard to the Palestinian election in Israel, "Nobody ever thought the Hamas party would win!" Come to think of it, Bush's father, former President George H.W.
The Olivia Catholic church has a combination of chimes and bells that have turned into an annoying noise machine because of the high volume. These chimes are set to clang every 15 minutes between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Also, a set goes off at 5:30 p.m. for 15-plus minutes. Before the 8 a.m. Mass, it blasts for five minutes, disturbing the peace and quiet of people who are relaxing or resting. The priest and two committee members said this needs to happen because of tradition. Through telephone conversations, I was told my ears were too sensitive and I should adjust to this volume.
This letter is in response to various news articles and letters to the editor that have appeared in this publication concerning funding sources for the proposed Paynesville Highway 23 bypass. As mayor of Milan, I have legitimate concerns for the proposed funding source of this proposed Minnesota Department of Transportation project, which requires funding solely by Area Transportation Partnership 8 and none by Area Transportation Project 3, which is inordinately favored and rewarded by this project.
In reference to David Schlosser's "Christianity" (Public Forum, Jan. 24), instead of bantering about what he thinks it should be, let's see what Jesus Christ himself says about the issue.
WASHINGTON -- This week, the Republican Party hopes to escape its immediate past. House Republicans will elect new leaders. They hope the party's corruption scandal will be forgotten and that the names Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff will become as unmentionable in their world as Lord Voldemort's is in Harry Potter's. President Bush hoped for a new start with his State of the Union address Tuesday night.
The biggest surprise about the big win by the terrorist organization Hamas in last week's Palestinian legislative elections is that so many people were surprised. Worse than denial, is denying you have been in denial. Despite the Hamas and Palestinian Authority charters calling for Israel's destruction; despite unilateral concessions and actions by Israel; despite negotiated "land for peace" deals, which only Israel has kept; despite massive amounts of U.S.
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.
Willmar is rightly continuing efforts to develop a multicultural market in the downtown district. Like Mayor Les Heitke says, "(it is) the right thing to do." We agree. A multicultural market would be a great development for downtown Willmar, the city's diverse communities and visitors to the city. Market organizers are envisioning a cross-cultural marketplace where customers can eat, shop, mingle and socialize. The concept has the potential to become a shining star for the downtown and Willmar, as well as a major tourist attraction. However, some people in the community just don't get i