I am very distressed when I listen to the news about all the criticism directed toward President George Bush. People may not realize it, but they are looking at a man who will go down in history as one of our great presidents. Our history of presidents is colored with the actions of many great leaders. George Washington was asked to resign twice. Abraham Lincoln was also asked to resign twice. Teddy Roosevelt was the most colorful of our presidents. He took over the Panama Canal project when the French abandoned it and completed the project against all odds.
WASHINGTON -- "You can only help people if you have sufficient resources and they have sufficient political unity and will to be helped," declared Anthony Cordesman, the well-known military analyst.
If you're the sort who enjoys those giant jigsaw puzzles that consume consecutive summer vacations, have we got a scandal for you! Corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff may be the biggest piece of the puzzle, but there are scores of others that, once pieced together, form an almost cartoonish picture of greed and corruption.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty took a kinder, gentler tone Thursday with his latest immigration proposals for Minnesota. It is a step in the right direction for west central Minnesota. The latest Pawlenty proposals seek to encourage legal immigration, while his earlier proposals aggressively moved against illegal immigration. Among his proposals are providing tax credits to encourage immigrants to become citizens and another to assist immigrants in learning English. Pawlenty is seeking more foreign doctor visas to help recruit doctors for rural Minnesota.
A new era is about to dawn in Willmar Monday. A real estate closing is expected, selling the majority of the land and buildings at the Willmar Regional Treatment Center to a private Willmar company. MinnWest Technology of Willmar will purchase 95 acres and 37 buildings on the WRTC campus for $900,000. MinnWest is a partnership of Nova-Tech Engineering and Epitopix, two Willmar companies with roots in Willmar Poultry. Kandiyohi County will purchase the remaining 18 acres and seven buildings for $1. MinnWest Technology intends to house Nova-Tech and Epitopix on its new campus.
SAN DIEGO -- I took an early liking to Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito Jr. I thought it was charming that he had said that the life story of his Italian immigrant father was much more interesting than his own. But now I've seen something I don't like.
Samuel Alito felt he had to appease the liberal gods during the early stages of his Senate Judiciary Committee hearings by declaring he has "no agenda." Conservatives are supposed to say such things, whether they mean it or not. Liberals have an agenda: to change the culture of the nation by judicial edicts. Sen. Charles Schumer, New York Democrat, summarized the left's agenda.
As the debate concerning a constitutional amendment for marriage winds up prior to the upcoming legislative session, I have a couple of points of fodder for this discussion. Personally, I support an amendment declaring marriage as between one man and one woman. I believe in this understanding of marriage on biblical and moral grounds. But listening to the debate on this issue, I have a broader concern.
When did the word "monopoly" become just the name of a board game? At one time our government was the watchdog, the sentinel at the gate that protected us from big corporations with their consuming greed and lust for power. No more. Now we are marching to their drumbeat and have become less the individual but more like the sameness of creatures born in a petri dish. The biggest glutton of all is Wal-Mart. Our city is welcoming them with their new superstore and they in turn will be destroying every independent business in the area.
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- Now that Mexico has hired an American PR firm to improve its image north of the border, the Bush administration should borrow that playbook and hire a Mexican firm to improve its image in Mexico -- and, for that matter, the rest of Latin America. Americans and their idiosyncrasies are not held in especially high regard south of the border. Cynics might claim the only reason the Mexicans are upset is because a growing number of Americans are tired of having an open border and want Congress to do something about it.