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WASHINGTON -- Anthony, Anthony, Anthony. Welcome back to Powerful Men Behaving Badly, Weiner Edition. There's a lot of competition, but this episode may be the stupidest and most pathetic of all. Some of our contestants -- former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford mooning over his Argentine soul mate, former Nevada Sen. John Ensign lusting after his wife's best friend -- at least have the excuse of believing they were in love. Others can argue that discomfort, their own or society's, over their sexual orientation contributed to their downfall: former Idaho Sen.
Now is the time to huddle and make the call for a safe and sober ride to avoid driving impaired on Super Bowl Sunday. Super Bowl Sunday has the potential to be a dangerous night on the road as friends gather to watch the game and celebrate. In the last three years over Super Bowl weekend, there were five traffic deaths, of which two were alcohol-related -- and only one of the five motorists killed was belted. During that same time period, 1,405 motorists were arrested for DWI. A DWI is no five-yard penalty -- it's a serious crime that can put your life in very poor field position.
The Willmar City Charter Commission has recently begun to consider expanding the definition of residents eligible to serve on commissions and boards to include business owners that live elsewhere because they pay property taxes to the city of Willmar. If they are included in city government appointments and policymaking boards, I wonder how these absentee owners will vote regarding residential street maintenance. I wonder how they will vote regarding stormwater runoff solutions that will most likely cost more property tax dollars. If a business owner raises their own children in
Words cannot begin to describe the humble and most gratifying experience I had participating as a guardian in Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota's October 2010 flight. My involvement came by way of the Southwest Initiative Foundation's $25,000 grant made through the Paul and Alma Schwan Aging Trust Fund. This grant not only supported Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota, but also helped kick off our milestone anniversary, marking 25 years as a regional community foundation serving our awesome rural southwest Minnesota region. On Oct.
History is very clear about this. America was founded as a republic. However, over the years, it has morphed into the two- (or three- or four-) party system that we have today, except that now we now call it a democracy.
Thirty-three Chilean miners were trapped underground for 69 days. It need not have happened if the mine owners had followed the law concerning required escape routes, and the Chilean government had enforced the law. They were rescued because of a multimillion-dollar rescue effort from the Chilean government with help from foreign countries including the United States, especially in regard to technology. Rand Paul, Tea Party candidate for Senate from Kentucky, says we should reduce mining regulations. Connect the dots.
Joe Gimse can be counted on to walk the walk when it comes to protecting unborn babies, the elderly, and the disabled. Thank you, Sen. Gimse. Gimse has a 100 percent pro-life voting record. He has served our district well and deserves to be re-elected. Gimse attends the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life -- March for Life at the capital in January with his constituents.
Is Al Juhnke a conservative? Webster's New World Dictionary describes "conservative" as "moderate, prudent, safe." The Minnesota Farm Bureau Political Action Committee states in its Aug. 17 letter addressed to Rep. Juhnke: "On behalf of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Political Action Committee, I am pleased to inform you that you have received MFB PAC endorsement in your current election bid.
Our kids matter! As we vote for Willmar School Board candidates, let's look at folks with a record of working hard to benefit our region's kids -- Linda Mathiasen. Mathiasen has given her talents, time, and PR background to make a difference in the lives of our kids. She's actively guided PACT 4's kids programs, WCI's The Resource Center Program's kids/adults, and the programs at her church and children's schools. We need school board leaders with applicable experience and knowledge. We need school board leaders with experience in both balancing budgets and educational issues.
Four women recently received "Saved by the Belt" awards from the Willmar Police Department for buckling up. They had been riding in a car that was totaled in a crash, yet they walked away with only minor injuries because they had been wearing seat belts. As first responders, that's the kind of crash scene we want to arrive at -- one where the passengers are still buckled in their vehicles, instead of ejected into a ditch or oncoming traffic. Where no one's life is changed forever by a brain or spinal cord injury. Where no one loses a parent or a child, brother or sister, grandma or grandpa.