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.
BOSTON -- We are taking my grandmother's china out for a spin. The plates, cups and saucers, wrapped carefully like ancient artifacts, will make their annual pilgrimage one doorway and one generation down the street from my aunt's house to my own. On Thanksgiving, four generations will eat off the dishes of a fifth, although this year the people finally outnumber the place settings and the youngest quartet will be safely relegated to plastic plates and sippy cups. I am not a china kind of hostess, but I was awarded temporary custody of these dishes when I inherited Thanksgiving.
Along with such creations as American POWs still being held in Vietnam and the Bill Clinton drug-smuggling operation at a remote Arkansas air strip, the unhinged right wing has now invented the myth that Democratic members of Congress have called President Bush "a liar" about Iraq. An insistent computer search by myself and a Washington Post researcher can come up with no such accusation. That's prudent. After all, it's not clear if Bush lied about Iraq or he was merely the "useful idiot" of those who did. The term "useful idiot" is not a reflection of IQ.
WASHINGTON -- Let's be good cosmopolitans and offer sociological explanations rather than moral judgments about students, The Washington Post reports, having sex during the day in high schools. Sociology discerns connections, and there may be one between the fact that teenagers are relaxing from academic rigors by enjoying sex in the school auditorium, and the fact that Americans in public soon will be able to watch pornography, and prime-time television programs such as "Desperate Housewives" -- and, for the high-minded, C-SPAN -- on their cell phones and video iPods.
You have to wonder -- about a second or two -- what Senate Republicans would be saying if polls showed that most Americans overwhelmingly support the war in Iraq. Would they be scrambling toward the defeatist, anti-war side of the political aisle, as they did Tuesday by passing a resolution that suggests a weakening of resolve? Not likely. Instead, they'd be elbowing each other for talking-head time to reiterate all the reasons they supported the war in the first place.
The debate over the Iraq War reached a new level this week. Washington was rocked Thursday as long-time hawk and influential Democrat John Murtha called for the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq. The Pennsylvania congressman simply said "it's time to bring them home." President Bush and Vice President Cheney spent the week assailing some Democrats for accusing the administration of manipulating pre-war intelligence on Iraq.
WASHINGTON -- This will be remembered as the week that President Bush lost control over the Iraq War debate. His administration has perhaps six months to get things right. If the situation in Iraq fails to improve significantly, public pressure for withdrawal will become irresistible. There was a political thunderclap across the capital on Thursday when Rep. John Murtha -- Marine veteran, defense specialist, longtime hawk, and traditional supporter of presidential prerogatives in foreign policy -- called for pulling American troops out of Iraq.
It's time for West Central Minnesota citizens speak up to fight proposed federal budget cuts in social programs. All the counties in the region would feel the impact of the $50 billion in cuts proposed under a bill in Congress.
Today is the Great American Smokeout -- it's a great time for smokers to take the first step of quitting. The Great American Smokeout is a unique Minnesota-originated affair, inspired by the late Lynn Smith, editor of the Monticello Times. He founded Don't Smoke Days in 1974 in Monticello and Minnesota, which led to the widely observed November day that has raised awareness of the health hazards of smoking. The Great American Smokeout encourages smokers to quit for a day -- and then take it one day at a time.