PARIS -- The French have had two months to sort out the lessons of last fall's riots in predominately Muslim neighborhoods. Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin says the rioting was caused by racial bias, lack of business opportunity and insufficient education for immigrant children. He vows tax breaks for business, better education for immigrant children and tougher enforcement of anti-bias laws. For this conclusion, the French media, which is more left wing than the American press, praised him.
WASHINGTON -- Before evolution produced creatures of our perfection, there was a 3-ton dinosaur, the stegosaurus, so neurologically sluggish that when its tail was injured, significant time elapsed before news of the trauma meandered up its long spine to its walnut-size brain. This primitive beast, not the dignified elephant, should be the symbol of House Republicans. Yes, one should not taint all of them because of the behavior of most of them. Why, perhaps half a dozen of the 231 Republican representatives authored none of the transportation bill's 6,371 earmarks -- pork projects.
WASHINGTON -- It almost makes you feel sorry for Jack Abramoff. Republicans once fell all over themselves to get his "moolah," the term used famously by the disgraced super lobbyist, and to get his advice on dealing with that warm and cuddly entity known as "the lobbying community." Suddenly, Abramoff enters two plea bargains, and these former friends ask, in puzzled tones, "Jack Who?" Over the last few days, politicians -- from President Bush and House Speaker Dennis Hastert on down -- raced to return Abramoff contributions, or compassionately sent the moolah off to charity.
I would like a response to this letter from Bush supporters. I've been trying to understand his actions as he claims to be a born-again Christian. Here's my problem. Jesus said it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus hung out with the poor and downtrodden and helped them. Compare this to President George Bush, who has given the richest of our nation huge tax breaks and benefits in the past. According to the Nov.
"The taxing power of government must be used to provide revenues for legitimate government purposes. It must not be used to regulate the economy or bring about social change." President Ronald Reagan State of the Union message Feb.
Hats off from Annette Meyer to all who made the Willmar Regional Treatment Center's Christmas a success.
Rev. Dan Croonquist's letter (Public Forum, Nov. 30,), "(Sen. Dean) Johnson is a courageous leader" made me realize how unimportant the marriage amendment is to some people. What is more important than God's divine plan? When the state found out we had a budget surplus again, the statement was made that the legislators could change current law and spend it wherever they want. As a law professor stated, the marriage law we have now, "as well written as it is," is just a law or statute.
It is time for the Republicans to stand up and permanently replace Tom DeLay as a party leader in the House. DeLay's legal difficulties are not about to end anytime soon, which hinders his leadership and damages the party's reputation. He had been awaiting trial in Texas on campaign money laundering charges. A Texas prosecutor subpoenaed records Thursday for a contribution to a nonprofit organization associated with DeLay and Jack Abramoff, a Republican lobbyist. Abramoff pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy and fraud in Florida and has agreed to testify for the government.
SAN DIEGO -- It wasn't surprising that the Mexican government would hire an American public relations firm to improve its image in the United States. Nor was it surprising that Mexican President Vicente Fox tapped my friend, Dallas-based political consultant Rob Allyn, to be Mexico's goodwill ambassador. Allyn worked on Fox's 2000 presidential campaign, after which a Dallas magazine dubbed the consultant "Mr. Mexico." What was surprising was that a simple business deal would result in so many people becoming so unhinged.
We are continuously bombarded with negative news about livestock in agriculture in this Northland. I wonder what causes it. Is it the cold weather that numbs the brain of our citizenship or is it the genetics of the people that live here? I just read an article in the Dec. 12 issued of FEEDSTUFFS magazine, and I would like to relate some of that article to you. State and local community leaders cheered Hilmar Cheese Co.'s announcement that it will build a new cheese plant in Dalhart, Texas, as it will bring thousands of jobs and dairy cattle to the region.