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“Necessity” is the argument of tyrants


Fri, Jun 16th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be King: and there ought to be no other.Thomas Paine This Congress has been missing in action when it comes to oversight and preserving the powers of Congress and the separation of powers. It now has its’ “knickers in a knot” over the kind of incursion of its’ powers least likely to be viewed sympathetically and understood by the public. It appears a Democratic Representative has been caught, more or less red handed, with his hand in a bribery cookie jar. Even the Republicans initially jumped to his defense to the extent of objecting to the methods used by the administration. The House Judicial Committee has had law professors testifying to the unconstitutionality of it all. Who can blame Bush and Alberto for thinking Congress would roll over on this blatant attempt at intimidation of Congress. They have been compliant on “detainee” torture, transfer of “detainees” to countries where torture occurs, overseas prisons, warrantless wiretapping, and domestic spying.Senator Arlen Specter, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has indicated he will conduct committee hearings in June on the little known practice, abused by Bush, the signing statement.Signing statements are not specifically mentioned or permitted in the Constitution or the amendments. They have been used properly, according to past Attorneys General, for four reasons. First, to explain the Presidents’ opinion of the likely effect of the act. Secondly, to direct subordinates in the executive branch how to interpret and administer the act. Third, to inform Congress and the public about provisions in the bill that may, under certain conditions, be unconstitutional if enforced and should not be enforced under those conditions. Fourth, to establish a legislative history to which the courts are expected to consider when interpreting the act. The first two are considered valid, the latter two more questionable. Until 1981 there were only 75 signing statements by Presidents signing laws. Reagan started the ball rolling and from 1981 to 2000 there were 247. In the next 5 years Bush attached 435 signing statements.Bush uses signing statements as line item vetoes. The Supreme Court has determined the only law that allowed line vetoes was unconstitutional. By using a signing statement B .....
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We all need to pay our fair share for services

Fri, Jun 16th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

I am writing in response to Rushford Village Clerk, Judy Graham’s letter in the Tri-County Record last week and to articles in the Fillmore County Journal regarding the tri-city (City and Village of Rushford and Peterson) meetings.    ..... 
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The War on Queers

Fri, Jun 9th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

It is the War on Queers clear and simple. Sounds ugly doesn’t it, in a white supremacist kind of way, with all of its shaved-head, boot-stomping racism. And if I have made you angry by using the pejorative, queer, then good. You and everyone in this ..... 
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In search of the historical Jesus

Fri, Jun 2nd, 2006
Posted in Commentary

In his commentary, “‘The Da Vinci Code’ and the Deity of Christ,” Mike Hopper attempts to prove that Jesus was divine, contrary to what Dan Brown implies in his book. However, Mr. Hopper fails to make his case.  First of all, ..... 
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“Da Vinci Code” and the Deity of Christ

Fri, May 26th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

The Da Vinci Code–fact or fiction? Since 2003, The Da Vinci Code has sold over 40 million copies, and a motion picture recently debuted. Let’s consider what the Da Vinci Code book presents in light of historical facts.

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Revenge: a cost benefit analysis

Fri, May 19th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Last Saturday I watched the movie Munich, Steven Spielberg’s beautifully crafted drama about the massacre of Jewish athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. On Sunday, I kept the DVD an extra day and watched the movie again with my son, a history buf ..... 
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The elephant in the room

Fri, May 12th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

I graduated from New Ulm Public High School way back sometime in the last century. New Ulm is a town of about 15,000 in south central Minnesota, surrounded by many small towns, most of them without their own schools by the time I graduated.
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Bondhus: “DNR has a strong bias toward closing fish farm”

Fri, Apr 28th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

(The following letter was sent to the Fillmore County Board for their April 25, 2006 meeting).

I understand the Fillmore County Commissioners will be deciding whether or not to be the RGU (regulating governmental unit) on the EA ..... 
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Broberg: “Trout farm didn’t follow the rules and now wants legislative remedy”

Fri, Apr 28th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Apparently, the owner and local supporters of Spring Valley Ponds think legislative action is necessary to finally get the permits for the fish hatchery and park. After so much time and money has been spent operating without the required permits, the ..... 
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