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Does It Matter?


Fri, Sep 27th, 2002
Posted in Columnists

I don’t normally write about national politics, but I have been troubled by recent events in Washington, in particular the move by the Bush Administration to seek Congressional approval for the President to take military action against Iraq. This political effort is eerily reminiscent of what took place in this country nearly 40 years ago, just prior to America’s full engagement in the Vietnam War. The passage of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution on August 7, 1964, turned out to be a pivotal move toward the commitment of U.S. troops and the escalation of the conflict in Vietnam. This Congressional action came on the heels of an incident in the Gulf of Tonkin where North Vietnamese gunboats alledgedly fired on U.S. warships. On August 4, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson went on national television explaining that U.S. ships had been attacked without provocation. The resolution passed overwhelmingly in the House 416-0. In the Senate, only Senators Ernest Gruening (Alaska) and Wayne Morse (Oregon) opposed the bill. The passage of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution transferred to President Johnson Congress’ constitutional power to declare war, and gave the president the “right to take all necessary steps, including the use of armed force” to respond to North Vietnamese aggression.When the Pentagon Papers were published in 1971, it was revealed that the Johnson Administration had drafted the Gulf of Tonkin resolution several months in advance of the incident and that he used the events of August 4, 1964 for his own purposes. More than 50,000 American soldiers died and another three million Vietnamese combatants and civilians were killed during the Vietnam Conflict. Ironically, war was never formally declared against North Vietnam.In 1973, Congress passed the War Powers Resolution, over then President Richard Nixon’s veto. This action overturned the Gulf of Tonkin resolution and required that in the future the President would need Congressional approval before engaging the armed forces in extended military operations.All of this is background to what is presently happening between the Bush Administration and Congress regarding Iraq. The Administration is encouraging members of Congress to put aside the War Powers Act in order to give the President the authority to act unilaterally against Saddam Hussein in Iraq. [Read the Rest]

Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Sep 13th, 2002
Posted in Columnists

This is our invitation for us cousins that I talked about last week, up to my sister Dolly's in Goodhue. Chocolate is a vegetable!

Chocolate is derived from cocoa beans. Beans = vegetables. Sugar is derived from either sugar cane or sugar ..... 
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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Sep 6th, 2002
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Annabelle Kvam Monday, September 9, 2002

You won’t believe me, but I was gone again this week, two days in a row. Wednesday our cousins (ladies only) met up at sister Dolly’s in Goodhue. There was nine of us plus Dolly’s two girls. We chatted ..... 
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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Aug 30th, 2002
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Annabelle Kvam Monday, September 2, 2002

A tribute to teachers

God gave to you
the rarest gift
an understanding heart.
A gentle kindly manner
your wisdom to impart.
Oh, some men build
with steel and iron
to pave ..... 
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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2002
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Annabelle Kvam Monday, August 26, 2002

Well, I’m still alive, what a nice wedding we had last Saturday the 17th. My grandson was married at 4:00 p.m. and it was so pretty. I was there and was thinking, “lady your getting old, this groom was my ..... 
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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Aug 16th, 2002
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Annabelle Kvam Monday, August 19, 2002

What a fun day, don’t plan anything, just do what you want to. My friend Betty came the other day. She called me in the morning and said she was coming over at 1:00 p.m. When she got to my house we just d ..... 
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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Aug 9th, 2002
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Annabelle Kvam Monday, August 12, 2002

Do you have days when you wonder what and why you get up in the morning? Well I’ll tell you why I wonder.
The Joys of Aging

I have become quite a frivolous old gal. I’m seeing five gentlemen ev ..... 
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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2002
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Annabelle Kvam Monday, August 5, 2002

Still hot and humid, but then I guess it’s summer so we better enjoy it as time is marching on. Was out driving around the other day and when I seen a field of shocks I thought to myself, remember those ho ..... 
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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Jul 26th, 2002
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Annabelle Kvam Monday, July 29, 2002

Well has it been hot enough for you? Guess it wouldn’t be so bad if the humidity wasn’t so high. We did get our rain but we also got the terrible wind, which knocked our corn down here around Harmony and Ca ..... 
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