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.
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.
The Iraq War will likely have a significant role in the coming 2006 election. President Bush's warning Tuesday that his critics should watch what they say on the subject Iraq. Inappropriate criticism would only give "comfort to the enemy," said. The critics' response is that the president should listen to his own advice. With only 10 months to Election Day, the campaign debates have only just begun. The continuing death toll and bombings in Iraq are a concern for Republican candidates.
I am writing to express my disgust of a recent photo you chose to publish largely, and in full color. It was the cover of Vanity Fair magazine with a scarcely clothed Lindsay Lohan. Do you know how upsetting it was for me to discover that as I was innocently reading this supposed family-friendly publication, the West Central Tribune, I had an 8-year-old daughter opposite my paper with a look of shock on her face as this photo showed clearly in her direction? In my opinion, this was pornographic material not needed in our local paper.
I was shocked when I turned the last page of the sports section on Jan. 5 to find a large picture of a scantily, bikini-clad Lindsay Lohan. At best, this picture is indecent and immodest. At worst, it could be viewed as obscene and pornographic. I wonder what you were thinking when you made the decision to publish it? Did you think about the children who would be exposed to this picture? I believe you still have the Newspapers in Education program where you provide newspapers for our area schools.
Navy Lt. Bryan D. Black, a U.S. Naval Academy faculty member, thought he was just shooting the breeze when he told a midshipman that getting on a battleship turned him on. Such was the sentiment, at least, though the language was saltier than the Chesapeake Bay, where an inspired Black was serving as safety officer on an oceanographic cruise aboard a "yard patrol craft." Unfortunately for Black, among the midshipmen was at least one sensitive female.
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.