Wal-Mart provides jobs and low prices to a lot of people in our communities. CBS Sunday Morning reported that Wal-Mart currently receives 15 cents of every consumer dollar. Wal-Mart is the largest corporation in the world. Wal-Mart seeks to dominate our own communities by building supercenters in Montevideo, Willmar and Litchfield. Wal-Mart Supercenters already exist in Hutchinson and Marshall. Are our communities going to welcome Wal-Mart's plan to take over more and more of our local businesses? It is the season of peace on earth, good will to all.
BOSTON -- Somewhere along the way, the dividing line over gay issues picked up and moved. It's no longer between red and blue states, or left and right wings, but between nature and nurture. Or to be more precise, between those who believe that homosexuality is a choice and those who believe that homosexuality is innate. Remember the moment in the 2004 debate when CBS' Bob Schieffer asked Bush and Kerry whether they thought homosexuality was a choice?
If, as Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill once said, all politics is local, I direct your attention from President Bush's speech on Iraq Wednesday to the District of Columbia and its police department. Back in 1989 and 1990, the city of Washington was under orders from Congress to quickly hire 1,800 police officers or lose a substantial amount of federal aid. The city did what it was told -- and crime on the police force went way up. Within four years, the police academy classes of 1989 and 1990 comprised about one-third of the police force.
A lure in the shape of a dollar sign has been dropped, selectively, into the Spicer City Council.
Avidigm Capital Group took a positive step in deciding to go back to the drawing board on its Spicer condominium proposal. The Lake Elmo-based company declined Wednesday to appeal the Spicer Planning and Zoning Commission's rejection of a height variance for the proposed 13-story condominium. The company wants to develop a condominium where a grain elevator is located, just west of state Highway 23 on Second Avenue. The current elevator is 134 feet in height. Avidigm originally sought a height variance to build up to 190 feet.
On Nov. 10, my husband was on Highway 71 South and was hit by a car traveling on 26th Avenue Northeast. She crossed two lanes on Highway 71, ran a yield sign and hit our van broadside and pushed it into the ditch. Both vehicles were totaled. The other driver was ticketed for failure to yield.
President Bush has rediscovered illegal immigration as a political issue. After previously focusing on "welcoming" all who come to America by whatever means, the president spent most of his recent speech in Tucson, Ariz., sounding like Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican, who has been the most vocal proponent of sealing U.S. borders to illegal aliens. Ninety percent of the speech was about the president's new "get tough" policy. The rest focused on his "guest worker" program, which is amnesty by whatever name he calls it.
President Bush, speaking before a supportive audience at the U.S. Naval Academy, said Tuesday that the U.S. military presence in Iraq is about to change. Facing growing dissatisfaction on Iraq from within and outside of his political party, Bush all but admitted to mistakes in Iraq Wednesday in his latest defense nearly 2½ years after he declared victory. Bush acknowledged Wednesday that U.S. has suffered setbacks and less than desired results in training Iraqi forces.
SAN DIEGO -- Democrats, especially those with presidential ambitions, think they're being so clever. They have devised a line of argument they believe will help them benefit politically from President Bush's troubles in Iraq. But it turns out they aren't so clever after all. What they've come up with stands a good chance of backfiring and doing Democratic candidates more harm than good. Even though Iraq seems to be a huge liability for the president and the Republicans, it's possible that the war will eventually hurt the Democrats as much as anyone. That's a shame.
If politicians were responsible for the money that they wasted, maybe they wouldn't be so wasteful. Another fine example was the Beechcraft plane that the state of Minnesota bought. Were Beechcraft and Cirrus the only two companies that make small planes? Is Beechcraft a Minnesota-based company? According to Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau, also the Minnesota Transportation Commissioner, we (the taxpayers) should chalk it up to a misunderstanding. Maybe we should pay her half her wages and half her benefits and she can chalk it up to bad politics.