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Since Sept. 11, 2001, almost 8,000 Minnesota National Guard soldiers and airmen have served on active duty supporting operations in more than 30 countries around the world. Minnesota has an average deployment rate of about 60 percent, leading the nation in recruitment and retention, while both Air National Guard units are at over 100 percent of their authorized strength. The courage and dedication these men and women exhibit is truly commendable.
As American soldiers continue to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan, Veterans Day this year takes on even more significance. This annual observance serves as an opportunity for all of us to publicly say "thank you" for the sacrifices of activeduty military, their families, and the 430,000 living veterans in Minnesota who served in wars past. We must show our support for veterans in both words and actions. This session, I worked to make Minnesota friendlier to veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families by helping to pass several provisions that will make their lives better.
RICHMOND, Va. -- The ecstatic crowd gathered to celebrate Democrat Tim Kaine's election as governor of Virginia was ready to shout its assent Tuesday night to absolutely every applause line. But you could feel the extra jolt of electricity when Gov.
Paris, Baghdad. Paris, Baghdad. As winter looms, the savvy traveler begins meditations on spring break and summer vacation. Naturally, I'm torn between springtime in Paris or ... Baghdad, the world's newest and unlikeliest fun spot for those who like a little adventure mixed with their relaxation. If you like paintball, you'll love the Green Zone! Coming soon to a brochure near you is a five-star, 23-story hotel in central Baghdad. With a new constitution under way and more elections down the road, tourism is freedom's inevitable offspring.
Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad: On fixing gas shortages: With motorists fuming in hours-long lines for fuel, a law requiring all gasoline stations to install electric generators sounds good at the moment.
The Department of Human Services once again has shocked local state employees and officials involved in the Willmar Regional Treatment Center and the state's initiative of community-based adult mental health programs. In a recent letter from Department of Human Service's State Operating Services, employees were informed that as of June 30, 2007, the state "will cease the practice of employing state staff to serve in the adult mental health initiative." So the 70-plus state employees who have supported the state's new adult mental health initiative by transferring to new off-campus in
Here are some excerpts from recent editorials that appeared in Minnesota newspapers. On political campaigns: Minnesotans will elect a governor and senator next November.
"So was the feminist movement some sort of cruel hoax? Do women get less desirable as they get more successful?" Columnist Maureen Dowd posed those questions in Sunday's New York Times Magazine in an essay adapted from her forthcoming book: "Are Men Necessary: When Sexes Collide." Entertaining as usual, Dowd explored her premise that many women end up unmarried and childless because they're successful by reviewing women's evolution since her college days, which happen to have coincided with my own.
The same blogs that registered extreme opposition to the nomina tion of Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court are overjoyed by President Bush's selection of Sam uel A. Alito Jr. to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
WASHINGTON -- Has anyone noticed that the cover-up worked? In his impressive presentation of the indictment of Lewis "Scooter" Libby last week, Patrick Fitzgerald expressed the wish that witnesses had testified when subpoenas were issued in August 2004, and "we would have been here in October 2004 instead of October 2005." Note the significance of the two dates: October 2004, before President Bush was re-elected, and October 2005, after the president was re-elected.