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When government shuts down


Fri, Jul 8th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

There’s enough blame to go around in St. Paul. The inability for the governor and the legislature to get the job done and keep Minnesota running is a shameful lesson in how party politics has seized state government.

Somewhere between Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty’s pledge to the Taxpayer’s League to keep a lid on taxes and Senate Democrats’ vow to keep Minnesota Care in tact for the poor, is a $6 million budget problem that no one knows what to do about.

Regardless of how this impasse gets resolved, anytime the legislature ends without passing a budget bill, there ought to be an automatic recall of legislators - say, elections in 90 days, with a continuing resolution to keep government spending at previous levels.

The inability for the legislature to pass a budget bill is essentially a no confidence vote on the governor, as well as the leadership in the house and senate.

If a government shut down occurs, it should result in the mass firing of all legislators. That would remind them that they serve at the mercy of Minnesota citizens.

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

Both the right and left are clamoring for President Bush to appoint the right replacement for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who recently resigned from the high court. The litmus test seems to be about abortion.

The left wants someone who will keep in place Roe vs. Wade, while the right wants someone who will uphold conservative views on abortion and other issues.

Day O’Connor, who was appointed by President Reagan, was a swing vote on many cases before the court, opting to support a woman’s right to choose regarding abortion while taking more conservative stands on issues related to federalism and state’s rights.

Sandra Day O’Connor distinguished herself through her sound character and constitutional independence. President Bush would be well served to appoint someone of Day O’Connor’s integrity and judicial standing regardless of what activists on the right and left want.

The London bombings

The G-8 Summit last week in Gleneagles, Scotland, which focused on African debt and Global Warming, was overshadowed by the tragic bombings in London.

While we can all argue about whether the War on Terrorism has been carried out in the most strat .....
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Tom Cruise and Bozo the Clown

Fri, Jul 1st, 2005
Posted in Commentary

I am a strong supporter of people worshiping whatever and whomever they want.

You want to pray to your ancestors, the Kitchen God or Bozo the Clown, more power to you, I say. You want to put needles in dolls like practitioners o ..... 
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A vacuum of trust

Fri, Jun 17th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

The Vietnam era, from the war’s questionable beginnings in the late 1950’s and early 60’s to the climatic fall of Nixon with Watergate in 1974, helped to create skepticism about government for many of my generation.

No longer d ..... 
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Deep Throat: Traitor or hero?

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2005
Posted in Commentary

So, now we know who “Deep Throat” was.

W. Mark Felt, the number two person at the FBI during the Nixon Administration revealed last week that he was the source of information leaks to Carl Burnstein and Bob Woodward of the Wash ..... 
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Separation of church and state

Fri, May 6th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist recently appeared on a national television program which accused his Democratic colleagues of acting “against people of faith.” During the same broadcast, self-proclaimed evangelist, James Dobson, called the United ..... 
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Ag budget should slash waste, not life’s essentials

Fri, May 6th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

What is the main purpose of agriculture in this country? If it is to feed people and support rural communities, as we believe it is, then taking a serious look at funding cuts being proposed for the U.S. agricultural budget is critical. Congressional ..... 
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Keep God out of politics

Fri, Apr 29th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

When I was a high schooler in the 60’s playing basketball for a Catholic school it was quite common to step up to the free-throw line, make the sign of the cross and let fly. Of course, if you missed the shot it was also quite common to utter an oath ..... 
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Property rights - the case for freedom

Fri, Apr 22nd, 2005
Posted in Commentary

In the latter 1700’s our nation was formed on a foundation of personal freedom. In particular, private property rights were established. That choice resulted in the richest, most powerful political entity ever to exist on planet Earth.

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Peaceful trout streams pose dangerous consequences

Fri, Apr 22nd, 2005
Posted in Commentary

The new fishing regulations are not the only thing trout anglers have to worry about this spring. For the first time in my memory some of the streams are dangerous. The summer of 2004 saw three or four rain storms that climatologists would class as “ ..... 
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