A cat? These guys actually and deliberately cloned a cat? As if there's a big shortage of cats. While the entire nation waits anxiously for that
elusive one-calorie beer, these guys are fooling around making more cats.
If ever a congressional inquiry was called for, this is it.
Why don't they clone the '48 Ford convertible or Harry Truman or the Ink
Spots? Something worthwhile. No, these clowns are manufacturing more cats when there is already an overabundance of feckless felines.
Perhaps if they could develop a highbred with a little more white meat on it, some useful purpose could be found. But to clone a cat just for the sake of cat cloning is totally irresponsible and should be punishable by law.
Stephen A. Busch
Just pennies a day
"One of the Chosen People" (wherever did you come up with that title?) on the front page of your paper irritated me. Why are children so excited about getting into Mississippi Horizons? Why the lottery? Could it be that these "Chosen People" are excited to attend a high technology school and state of the art building? We have quality teachers in all our schools, so that's not the reason.
I grew up on a farm and learned the value of repairing equipment. We did not throw something away because it was old and needed repair. However, after repairing the same piece of equipment several times, there came a time to replace it. It was costing more to fix the equipment than to buy new. This time has now arrived for Washington and Franklin schools.
Those of you who have toured these buildings may not understand that underneath the fresh paint and window curtains, etc. (which many teachers have spent their own time and money on to make their rooms more appealing) are repairs that would cost more to fix than the buildings may be worth, i.e. electrical service that can't handle today's technology, plumbing, crumbling walls that have been patched so many times you could have an archeological dig in some rooms. Who knows, maybe we'll locate Jimmy Hoffa? These repairs are a short term solution to a long term problem. Are you willing to spend millions repairing buildings only to spend more in a few years repairing again?
I have knowledge about these buildings. I have volunteered many hours at Washington trying to put a Band-Aid on a severed artery. It will cost you just pennies a day to help our schools. Vote "yes" on March 12, and let all children be "Chosen Ones."
The community's future
Our community has a big decision to make concerning the school referendum on March 12. So I am writing this as a concerned community member, teacher and parent in the Brainerd school district.
As a community member, I am very excited about the fact that our school district is looking to the future and planning for our children. Allowing our children to receive a quality education that stands out in our state will only benefit our community in the future. Are our children receiving a quality education in the present buildings? Yes, but in crowded classrooms and schools where air quality, water quality and space are serious issues. After all, today's children are our community's future and we need to invest in it.
As a teacher, I am thrilled that the new middle school will benefit all students, no matter if they are elementary age, in middle school or at the high school. Space has been an issue in our school system for quite some time, and it continues to get worse every year. A new middle school will help to eliminate, or at least improve, space issues at all levels.
As a parent, I will admit that at first I had mixed emotions about grades 5-8 being housed in one building. But after attending a couple of informational meetings and getting the facts about the configurations of the new school, I look forward to my own children being able to attend this school, and the educational opportunities they will have there. All fifth through eighth graders will have access to the same educational opportunities, without the split of Mississippi Horizons vs. Washington schools.
I urge all of you to vote "yes" for our kids and our community on March 12.
Why does Cheney want to give money to investors? Will that really help the economy, or would give another $300.00 to everyone with tax refund or lower tax burden help more. All of us at the bottom of the totem pole could use that money to buy things or even pay bills.
The money still ends up with the rich, just not directly into their hands. Groceries, clothes, and other necessities could be bought. Then those stores will pay their employees and suppliers who then can forth and buy more. So the cycle goes or did I learn economics
wrong in high school?
Gregory B. Gordon
The founding fathers
We're bombarded by history revisionists claiming America's founding fathers were not Christians and that George Washington was a Deist. Facts of history prove otherwise. His handwritten 24-page "Daily Sacrifices" include this prayer: "O most Glorious God, in Jesus Christ my merciful and loving father, I acknowledge and confess my guilt, in the weak and imperfect performance of the duties of this day. I have called on thee for pardon and forgiveness of sins...."
He was seen kneeling in prayer at Valley Forge, and God answered those prayers, helping this fledgling nation gain victory in its struggle for independence from the religious tyranny of England. He wrote, "The hand of Providence has been so conspicuous in all this, that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations" (letter dated August 20, 1778 to Thomas Nelson).
When he was inaugurated in 1789 in New York City, Washington fell to his knees and kissed the Bible, and next led the entire Senate and House of Representatives to an Episcopal Church for a two-hour worship service.
His lengthy farewell address upon leaving office included these words:
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness....And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion."
Religion and Bible Christianity played an important role in President Washington's life. He believed it and lived it, as did most other of our Nation's Founding Fathers. Why, it's enough to give the ACLU and other champions of revisionism collective apoplexy!!
Time to come clean
With the seemingly endless Microsoft antitrust litigation dragging on, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) - on behalf of our 20, 084 Minnesota members and supporters - filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Attorney General Mike Hatch inquiring what the state has spent on the case to date. As the clients in this matter, the people of Minnesota have a right to know the state's legal costs. Minnesota is one of nine states plus the District of Columbia that refused the settlement that has been accepted by the U.S. Department of Justice and nine other states in this case.
The last time CAGW asked the states to reveal their expenses, the responses were sporadic and uninformative. The expenditures in the remaining remedy phase of the case could be significant. Unlike the litigation's initial phases, when outside counsel apparently charged a reduced rate, no one knows what the states are paying for their current legal advice or any of their other expenses. Even though the states have generally refused to reveal their costs, they have issued subpoenas to non-litigating third parties, including CAGW, requesting thousands of pages of documents, claiming that somehow such activities relate to the remedies in the matter.
Citizens should be outraged at the amount of taxpayer money going into a case that stifles technological innovation and investment. It's time for Mr. Hatch to come clean with his clients, the way every other attorney in America is required to, by accounting for his time and expenses.
Citizens Against Government Waste
Referendum is about kids
As a parent of two small children just starting school and as a teacher in the district, I am able to see the needs of the children. As a parent I want my children to get the best possible education, and that can happen in Brainerd. I also know that facilities do make a difference. Which gives me a reason to write this Open Forum.
Every year parents of fifth-graders are asked to make a choice between Mississippi Horizons and Washington Middle School. It is quite clear what parents want: Mississippi Horizons. We have to ask ourselves why? It is not the staff that is overlooked at Washington, but clearly our building. Every year during open house I have parents ask questions, not about the curriculum, but about air quality, classroom size and technology. All valid issues, none of which I have control over. I am sure these issues are not being asked at Mississippi Horizons. With a new building these would no longer be a concern for us either.
It's time for the community to give a fair chance to all kids. How can we not do something that would affect every child in this district in a positive way? Aren't the kids of Brainerd our future? Don't you think we should give them all that we can, so they can blossom into successful adults? Let's make the playing field equal for all kids. I feel sometimes people lose focus. This referendum is about the kids.
WMS Science teacher
Our economy is in crisis. As many layoffs take place, there is greater competition for the jobs that do exist. Many United State families are experiencing homelessness and poverty.
During the current deep economic recession, the future appears especially grim for Minnesota's poorest families.
A moratorium should be placed on the current five year limit on welfare. After all, we surely don't want innocent little children tossed out on the streets on July 1, 2002, do we? That's the date many Minnesota families reach their five year lifetime welfare limit.
Urge your state legislators to continue survival assistance for Minnesota's poor and jobless. Please act now.
Elaine Jensen Chesley
Ears of an ass
I want to thank the writer from Staples on Feb. 12, 2002 for explaining why so many political cartoonists put such large pointy ears on George W. As the writer was told, "You can tell an ass by its ears."
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