We are continually bombarded with the minority in our population trying to change the establishment of Christianity and the worship of God in our society. Many large retail stores no longer advertise "Merry Christmas" in their ads and in their stores. They replace it with "Happy Holidays." Such businesses should be boycotted by the majority of us who still like to have Christ in Christmas. It is the birthday of Christ and that is what Christians celebrate. Our small-town businesses need support. They contribute to the strength and welfare of our town.
I enjoy ice fishing as much as the next guy, but I am becoming concerned about the debris that is washing up on shore each spring after the ice is out. We are lucky to have so many outdoor recreational opportunities in the area and we should do what we can to keep them clean. Our lakes are an important part of the quality of life in Kandiyohi County. I spend a lot of time on our beautiful lakes and I would like to keep them that way for the next generation.
I wish to respond to Judy Raske's letter of Nov. 19, wherein she appealed to the citizens of Atwater, Cosmos and Grove City to vote for the general operating referendum. I agree with her. As a teacher here in the New London-Spicer School District, I have had the opportunity to teach German to ACGC students for the past 15 years, and have found them to be wonderful representatives of these communities, as well as good, inquisitive, well-disciplined and earnest students. They have shown me they have earned and deserved the best we could give them in the past.
The question is: Do Americans really want to live in a world without newspapers? If you're reading this, chances are good you don't. Yet almost daily we read reports of more buyouts and budget cuts at America's papers owing to fewer readers. Newsrooms, now cubicled and corporatized, have become the morgues they so closely resemble, filled with ghosts of the departed and those who await the next ax to fall. Who's next? A copy editor here, a columnist there, or -- most endangered of all -- a cartoonist?
We don't do torture, according to President George Bush. Then why did his good friend Alberto Gonzales as White House counsel go to the Justice Department in 2002 to get a ruling as to the extent of the president's authority to permit "extreme interrogation practices"?
Uncle Sam got shot in the foot by one of his kids. It was little George W. Bush that did it. The little stinker got hold of a real gun and was playing war with it. The wound didn't look too bad at first, but then it turned worse. The healing process is slow. The doctor bills are mounting and I don't think Sam is feeling very good. This incident has caused quite a stir in the community. The neighbors are saying it serves Uncle Sam right. His kids are out of hand. He shouldn't let them run loose like he does. They're getting to be regular nuisances around the whole neighborhood. It's too bad.
WASHINGTON -- In his 40th anniversary toast to his Yale class of 1950, William F. Buckley said, "Some of us who wondered if we would ever be this old now wonder whether we were ever young." Those who were not young 40 years ago, in 1965, can have no inkling of what fun it was to be among Buckley's disciples as he ran for mayor of New York vowing that, were he to win, his first act would be to demand a recount.
WASHINGTON -- Perhaps we should redeploy the democracy experts we have sent to the Middle East and ask them to work on our Congress. The last few days have confirmed that our national government is dysfunctional. It wasn't just the nasty Friday evening "debate" over Iraq policy in the House, set up by Republican leaders to score political points after Rep. John Murtha's call for immediate withdrawal received so much attention. What happened hours earlier, at 1:45 a.m., symbolized all that is wrong with Washington.
YMOND -- Kameron Dean Hanson will receive his Eagle Scout award at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bethany Reformed Church in Clara City. The Eagle Scout rank is the highest honor awarded by the Boy Scouts. To earn it, the scout must earn 21 merit badges and plan, develop and give leadership to others in a service project that is beneficial to the community, church or school. Hanson, a senior at MACCRAY High School in Clara City, built 60 replacement keyboard covers for the MACCRAY Elementary school computer labs.
America's celebration of Thanksgiving arrives Thursday. It is a holiday of many meanings and also marks the "official" start of the Christmas season. Most Americans assumed that the first thanksgiving occurred in 1621. The Pilgrims had much to be thankful for following their arrival in 1620. They had traveled for 66 days on a tough voyage, signed the Mayflower Compact and started a settlement at Plymouth. They survived a long and tough winter and, with the help of American Indians -- the Wampanoags, planted and harvested their first crops the following year.