Last month, Justice Antonin Scalia was politely quizzed by Norman Pearlstine, the outgoing Time Inc. editor in chief. The event, held in Time Warner's New York headquarters, was supposedly off the record, but so much of it has already been reported that it will not hurt to add Scalia's views on flag burning. He explained why it was constitutionally protected speech. It's a pity Hillary Clinton was not there to hear him.
The Bush administration has been in its typical mode of operation -- attacking critics -- since published reports surfaced of the domestic spying operation. President Bush confirmed Saturday that he had authorized the National Security Agency to wiretap calls to and from people inside the United States with known al-Qaida ties, when the other party is outside the country. Bush defended his actions during his speech Sunday night and during his news conference Monday. He claimed he was within his rights to do so.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Pre-procrastination Christmas booklist! Look at this, fellow procrastinators -- only a few days before the actual day, and here I am to solve all your shopping problems with the annual one-stop, hit-the-bookstore with less than 24-hours-to-go, all-purpose Procrastinator's List. Now, the only challenge is to hang onto the list long enough to get to a bookstore, lest we ONCE AGAIN wind up as the last customer at the Jiffy Mart at 11:45 p.m.
The city of Willmar is facing a decision on whether to hire a full-time or part-time manager for the brand new Willmar Municipal Airport. City Administrator Michael Schmit said he intends to hire a full-time manager unless directed otherwise by the Willmar Airport Commission or the City Council. Current airport manager Steve Wright is leaving after five years to take a position at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wis. The city should keep the airport manager position full-time and hire a replacement for Wright as soon as possible. If the city chooses instead to hire onl
I am puzzled by some of the articles I have read lately concerning the ACGC referendum. It doesn't seem to matter which paper -- the West Central Tribune, Litchfield Independent Review, or the Sunfish Gazette; I get all three -- the articles mention the "failure" of the district residents to pass the requested operating levy. I didn't realize it was the residents' responsibility to pass the levy.
WASHINGTON -- The entitlement mentality produces petulant insistence on an ever-higher ratio of rights to responsibilities. Unsurprisingly, this mentality flourishes on campuses, where tenured faculty and privileged students live entitled lives supported by the taxes and generosity of others. The mentality was on vivid display in the Supreme Court last Tuesday when an association of 36 law schools and faculties asserted an audacious entitlement.
SAN DIEGO -- The people invading your privacy are from the government, and they're here to help you. They just don't want you to know they're helping you. No one could ever accuse the Bush administration of not knowing how to keep a secret. Whether it is trying to keep under wraps the proceedings of deportation hearings, or hiding the existence of CIA-run secret prisons on foreign soil, keeping a lid on things is what this bunch does best. And don't fall for the line about how this is necessary with the country at war. Loose lips sink ships, and all that.
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?
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?
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.