Victory is the new Clintonian "is" word. As in, it depends on what your definition of "victory" is. Does victory in Iraq mean when every single insurgent is dead? Wait, no, we don't say "insurgent" anymore. The new preferred 'n' improved words are "Saddamist" and "rejectionist." So ... when they're all dead? Or when every single adult Iraqi is a registered voter and participant in the democratic process? When Iraqi security forces have total control over every town and byway? Or does victory mean when the U.S. can claim to have kept her word to the Iraqi people?
As our local guard troops return from their deployment to Iraq, it is time for us to realize some of the positive things happening in that country. I have heard many of the positive things that are happening there and I would like to share them with others. The following facts can be verified on the Department of Defense Web site. Did you know that 47 countries have re-established their embassies in Iraq? Did you know that the Iraqi government currently employs 1.2 million Iraqi people? Did you know the Iraqi navy is operational?
Congress may finally be returning to its rightful Constitutional oversight role over the Bush administration. Senator John McCain of Arizona has stood his ground until President Bush blinked Thursday. Under intense bipartisan pressure led by McCain, Bush reluctantly backed the senator's call for a law banning degrading, cruel, and inhumane treatment of prisoners in U.S. custody.
I was disappointed by the results of the ACGC referendum. I hope that the School Board looks for cuts across the whole curriculum, not just the elective portions. As an elective instructor by trade, I know the value these classes hold for students. Due to state mandates, districts emphasize the core curriculum while ignoring the impact of electives, especially vocational education. If you look around all three of the communities the alumni who stayed are primarily those who chose more technical paths.
Who the heck is Joe Raines and how can he be so misguided? In his Dec. 13 letter to the editor, he seems to be praising Wal-Mart while under the impression that price is the only issue at hand with no regard for the business that was here that made this a community in the first place.
WASHINGTON -- It has been a cliche of American politics for more than two decades that those poor, tired liberals were bereft of big thoughts and wallowing in a swamp of old commitments, old ideas and old promises. In 1989, a headline in the Outlook section of The Washington Post confidently rendered this diagnosis on the liberals: "Tired and Defensive, They're Out of Ideas." In 1997, Charles Bray, who was then president of the Johnson Foundation, argued that liberal anemia had created the opening for a conservative jolt.
I heard President Bush's Annapolis speech describing what the United States is funding in Iraq. We are training an Iraqi army, navy, air force, special forces, police, border patrol and even a military academy. Considering the needs of our nation, we can't afford policies of destroying and rebuilding other nations. Especially under false pretenses and not realizing we'll be stirring a hornet's nest. Haste makes waste. We could use that money for our underfunded border patrol, Bush's No Child Left Behind, our national parks system, preschool and school lunch programs.
This in response to the letter by Lavonne Halloran Reller published on Dec. 8, "The hypocrisy of conservatism." She says: "I see that conservatives, Republicans and Christians are, once again, carrying on and on in protest about the theory of evolution (survival of the fittest) being taught in school." She also complains of having received anonymous calls assuring her she will be going to hell for having spoken out on similar issues. In this regard, I do sympathize with her. I submit that only cowards do this kind of thing -- regardless of what religion or non-religion they belong to.
Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company in Benson is again leading the way -- this time turning to farm biomass to provide steam and thermal energy to operate their ethanol production plant. The company first began turning farmer-raised corn into ethanol to power Minnesota cars.
A letter written by Brad Nordby in the Dec. 10 paper was ironically titled "Untruths from the president," when the entire basis of his letter was untrue. President Bush was quoted to say, "This economy is strong and people are working." Nordby responded to this by pointing out the fact that General Motors is laying off workers and the Ford Motor Company is closing plants. The statistics as of Dec. 2, 2005, can better tell us about unemployment rates than the downfall of a few companies.