When a young person wants to understand what's happening in that war-torn part of the world they've been hearing about, they could pack up a suitcase and head overseas. When they want to get inside the head of the pitcher who threw last night's perfect game, they could get him on the phone and ask how it felt. When they want to know what the Dow Jones is all about and why it matters, they could visit the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. When they want a personal briefing on what's happening at the state Legislature, they could have lunch at the Capitol with the House and Senate leadership.
They could do all that -- if they're extremely well connected. Or, they could simply pick up a newspaper.
March 6-10 of this year is designated as National Newspaper in Education Week. As a former journalist, I know that a good newspaper brings the world directly into the hands of its readers and makes for a powerful educational tool. Through a newspaper's international coverage, business stories, political reporting, and sports section, young people are encouraged to explore their world -- without ever needing a passport, an MBA, a direct pipeline to the political pros, or a locker room pass.
It's in the newspaper. Read all about it!
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Government has become a system where those in power do all they can to preserve their hold on power. Voters are becoming increasingly alienated from the political process. Only 2-3 percent of eligible voters turn out for the caucuses in Minnesota.
Pat Buchanan has become a serious contender for the Reform Party presidential nomination. This has resulted in the Democrat and Republican Party people colluding to try to deny him the opportunity to participate in the national presidential debates. We are now in a one-party system that has two wings heading in the same direction at different speeds.
What has the Republican ("conservative?") party done to reverse the unconstitutional growth of big government and reign in the imperialistic Supreme Court? Many voters are fed up with politics as usual and are turned off. It was the turned-off voters who, for good or bad, elected Ventura governor.
Minnesota has four major parties. Besides the dominant two there are the Reform and Constitution parties. The Constitution Party is the only one that puts principle over politics. It is the only party that really wants to work within the Constitution. It believes in limited government, sensible taxing, the inalienable right to life, and an environment that promotes liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The national party has a platform and the Minnesota Constitution Party will write theirs at their state convention this summer.
The Constitution Party of Minnesota will caucus at the old Bertha city hall at 7 p.m., March 7. It is open to any eligible voter from anywhere in central Minnesota. If you are tired of politics as usual and believe in principle over politics then join us. A vote cast on conscience and principle is never a wasted vote.
I feel that Elian should stay in Miami, Fla., with his aunt and uncle. My thoughts are this way because his mother and stepfather gave up their lives to get him there. His aunt and uncle could probably give him a better life. Not to offend his father, I'm sure that he could provide his son with a good home, but, he is in a war-torn country with poverty-stricken people. Living in the United States, his aunt and uncle could provide him with better opportunities, to learn and advance in education and careers.
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