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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DAWSON -- Dawson-Boyd moved back into a tie for the Camden North Conference lead with a 64-54 over Lakeview Tuesday. The Blackjacks (8-2, 13-3) led Lakeview, the No. 4 team in Class A, 36-27 at halftime. Lakeview knocked Dawson-Boyd out of first place with a 57-43 win on Jan. 24. This time, Dawson-Boyd shot 53 percent from the field and cashed 19-of-24 free throws. Two players posted double-doubles for the Blackjacks; Nikki Swenson with 20 points and 10 assists and Chelsie Kurtenbach with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Kelly Swenson chipped in 15 points.
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
SAN DIEGO -- I've had Mexicans tell me that they really don't understand Mexican-Americans. For one thing, they can't figure out how it is that a group of people who think and behave like any other group of Americans still consider themselves Mexican. Well, we're even. As a Mexican-American, I don't understand Mexicans -- especially about la politica (politics). I mean, if you're going to create political reform then, by all means, go ahead and create political reform. More power to you.
Some politicians take the high road by appealing to the desire for a fair, just and unified community. Others take the low road by appealing to the dark side of our nature, to racial and ethnic prejudice and hatred. There is political gold for a politician who can figure out how to mine the underground vein of prejudice within the present norms of political correctness, while appearing to be quite virtuous. The key is to package an appeal to prejudice inside of what appears to be a serious policy debate. Gov. Tim Pawlenty has obviously decided to take the low-road strategy.
It concerns me when our own school board even considers selling one of its schools so that a business can demolish it and use the space for more parking. Affiliated Community Medical Centers has gotten so much influence in this city that they have been able to do many things that other businesses would not, such as the building so close to First Street -- what happened to the setbacks? Now we are considering selling a school that serves many of our younger children with disabilities and many other community services. Where would these 3- and 4-year-olds go?