Once again our Legislature has forced law enforcement officials to work overtime during the holiday season in order to turn otherwise law-abiding citizens into enemies of the state. What is the crime that must be eliminated? The "crime" of choosing to drive unbuckled. A defining hallmark of freedom is the right to make personal decisions about accepting risk. Government's role in a law-and-order society is to protect person A from harming person B.
It seems that news from Washington is a mixture of dishonesty, corruption and bribery. One is the resignation of Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.) along with his confession of having accepted bribes of $2.4 million from defense contractors. (After his public confession, Minnesota Congressmen John Kline and Mark Kennedy decided to donate to charity the money they received from Cunningham's PAC.) Texas Judge Pat Priest has upheld the charge of money laundering against Tom DeLay (R-Texas). If convicted, DeLay's sentence could be from five years to life.
President George Bush, the hero of the religious right wing, gave a speech, saying, "This economy is strong and people are working." Meanwhile General Motors is laying off workers and Ford Motor Company is closing plants and 9 million people is the figure I heard of people still out of work. Bush also said our involvement in Iraq was done as of May 1, 2003. Since then, over 2,000 Americans have died in Iraq. This guy isn't even a good liar. I always thought God-fearing people told the truth. Maybe I missed something and there are exceptions to the rule.
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Lord Impersonator is back again. This fella reappears every couple of years and causes no end of trouble. The jokester goes around persuading feeble-minded persons he is the Lord Almighty and that they are to do or say some perfectly idiotic thing under his instructions. One of the worst cases we've had in Texas was the time the Lord Impersonator convinced 20 people in Floydada to git nekked, get into a GTO and drive to Vinton, La., where they ran into a tree.
Minnesota's superintendents want to add five weeks to the school year over the next four years, while shortening the summer break. This proposal is one worth some serious consideration by the Minnesota Legislature. The Minnesota Association of School Administrators adopted a legislative platform Wednesday that calls for a gradual buildup to 200 days of school per year. Teachers would work a 230-day schedule to provide additional development and student evaluation time. The current school year calls for 170 to 175 days per year.
I find it interesting in this day and age of computers and data-base management systems, that Mr. Horn, Wal-Mart's company spokesperson, is unable to specify how many of the Montevideo Wal-Mart's employees are full-time as stated in a Dec. 3 story in the West Central Tribune. I would also be interested to know what specific percentage of Montevideo Wal-Mart employees make the company's stated average wage of $10.53 per hour.
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BOSTON -- Some years ago my husband was a last-minute draft pick to play the role of godfather at a young friend's naming ceremony. Admittedly, his relationship to organized religion was a bit dicey, but you know how it is in the understudy business. In any case, at the end of the home ceremony, he leaned over and stage-whispered into the ear of the infant the promise that her training as a Druid would now commence. You may be relieved to know that Laura was raised in a somewhat more traditional church. But now it appears that her few homilies on Druidry may come in handy.
The Pentagon is investigating allegations that the military paid to have positive stories about the war published in Iraqi newspapers. Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, a military spokesman in Iraq, believes the program is "an important part of countering misinformation in the news by insurgents." Johnson said in an e-mail, "This is a military program initiated by the Multi-National Force to help get factual information about ongoing operations into Iraqi news.
WASHINGTON -- Feeling, evidently, flush with (other people's) cash, the Senate has concocted a novel way to spend $3 billion: Create a new entitlement. The Senate has passed -- and so has the House, with differences -- an entitlement to digital television. If this filigree on the welfare state becomes law, everyone who owns old analog television sets will get subsidies to pay for making those sets capable of receiving digital signals. If you think America is suffering an entitlement glut, you may have just hurled the newspaper across the room.