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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.