A letter from Norm Baker in the Tribune on Dec. 8 stated that since 1945 the United States has paid the United Nations $30 billion. That is a period of 60 years. I just looked up on the Internet the current cost of the Iraq war. The figures kept changing in front of my eyes -- it was a running total. The total? $225 billion and counting! Somehow, the cost of war dwarfs the cost of trying to attain peace. The U.S. is underpaying its fair share to the U.N.
This is the season for peace on earth. This is the season for goodwill to all. This is the season to make peace. This is the season to spread goodwill. We all need peace; we all need goodwill. Only we can make peace on earth. Only we can extend goodwill to all. June Nelson, Spicer
Aspiring stateswomen have few role models on American soil. Thus, it's an invent-as-you-go process for people such as Hillary Clinton, one of only a few women in the U.S. Senate and the most likely Democratic candidate for president in 2008. Can she become the first female commander in chief? A year ago, I would have said "no" simply because she's not a woman most men -- rationally or not -- can stand.
I don't know if anyone does time capsules anymore, but if they do I suggest that a DVD of the George Clooney movie "Syriana" be included. I'm not sure it tells you much about today's America -- not as much as an iPod, for instance, or a clip from "Entertainment Tonight" -- but it sure tells you something about Hollywood and how it never made the transition to color. When it comes to politics, many of its people -- including movie critics -- still see things in black and white.
When the discussion comes up about companies who don't pay fair wages to their workers, Wal-Mart seems to be one of the top topics, along with Jennie-O and more. But what some people don't understand is there are families who look to shop for lower prices to stay within the budget. When you look at your paycheck after every payday, it is obvious that we as consumers are not faring all that well and many of us know that. Thirty-five percent of the U.S.
I am outraged at the West Central Tribune's lack of discretion in printing the picture Dec. 6 of the grieving relatives of a Palestinian suicide bomber who killed five and wounded 40 innocent Israeli civilians. The article goes on to tell how an Israeli security guard saved many lives by quickly hustling the terrorist away from the crowded shopping mall before detonating his bomb.
SAN DIEGO -- The minute I saw the harrowing video of the scaffold caught up in high winds and crashing into a Denver office building 12 stories above the ground -- with two terrified window washers hanging on for dear life -- I just knew that when the time came to get the men's statements, we'd need a translator who spoke Spanish. Maybe it's because Denver is one of those U.S. cities with a substantial immigrant population, both legal and illegal.
For more than a century, many authorities have generally argued against the authenticity of the Kensington Runestone. A Swedish immigrant farmer Olof Ohman discovered the famed runestone in 1898 in a field on his farm near Kensington. The farmer claimed the stone was found as he uprooted a tree. The rock contains carved runic characters.
The effort by some cable TV hosts and ministers to force commercial establishments into wishing everyone a "Merry Christmas" might be more objectionable to the One who is the reason for the season than the "Happy Holidays" mantra required by some store managers. I have never understood why so many Christians feel the need to see and hear "Merry Christmas" proclaimed to them at stores by people who may not believe its central message.
The people of rural Minnesota who shop at Wal-Marts puzzle me. At a bare minimum, if you like shopping at "big box" retail stores, could you at least do it at Target, which is a Minnesota-based business? Secondly, when you bypass local stores in your community which already have the same products as the Wal-Mart that's 30 miles away, you are not doing your local community any favors.