A concern I have is that the hunting in Minnesota is not very good compared to South Dakota. I know how the hunting is in South Dakota because I used to live there. One of the reasons the hunting isn't as good is because most of the prairie has been plowed and wetlands have been drained. Wildlife needs habitat to live and it has been destroyed. I hope some day we will be able to restore the habitat in Minnesota so the hunting can get better. Matt Glup Willmar
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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).
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.