I would say to the Open Forum writer (...Pine River-Backus Amnesty International) that millions of "child executions" take place each year in the U.S. without any judicial proceeding!
Those of us against the executions call them "abortions." Hypocrites, for the executions, call them "choice."
Regarding the subject of "money and politics," I recently came across an interesting tidbit of information which I would like to share with everyone.
A study done recently by the Center for Responsive Politics shows that of those who gave $200 or less to politicians or parties, 64 percent gave to Republicans. Of people who gave $1 million or more, 8 percent gave it to Republicans while 92 percent gave to Democrats.
John A. Davis
Changing his mind
During the 2000 election, candidate George W. Bush responded to a question about gay marriages by saying he thought it was a state's right to determine for itself whether or not it would be allowed.
I believe anybody, the president included, can, and even should, change his mind on occasion. What I question is a candidate saying one thing in order to garner votes from progressives and moderates, and three years later change his views in order to kick-start a faltering campaign and appeal to the far right-wing element of the Republican party. If he changed his mind, then admit it, explain why he wants to tamper with the constitution, and accept the consequences.
You know, maybe it's not really his fault. Maybe he was just reading what Dick put in front of him.
From one end of Minnesota to the other this winter, motorists have been struggling with snow-clogged roads for days following any major snow event. Whether your child has been on a school bus, or you have traveled to work, or whether you're counting on an ambulance to make it to your door, one fact remains clear. Public safety has been endangered throughout this state -- a direct result of the Republicans' short-sighted management decision to cut nearly $1 million from the budget for snowplowing on state highways.
On Feb. 23, Democrats offered a way out of this snowdrift: A proposal that would have dramatically cut the overhead cost of state departments and put the money where it will give us safe roads again: Back in the plowing budget.
Unfortunately, there didn't seem be an willingness to tackle this problem on the other side of the partisan aisle. Republican legislators, using procedural motions, prevented even a discussion of the proposal.
Republicans are trying to pull a snowjob on Minnesotans. When given a chance to shrink the bureaucracy, which they claim to hate, and put money where it will enhance public safety and help every Minnesotan, they ran and hid behind rules that allowed them to avoid a recorded vote. But we Democrats are still hopeful that someday their opposition will melt. Hopefully, that will come before the spring.
Rep. Matt Entenza
House DFL Leader
Alan Greenspan has called for all of us to start putting away for retirement on our own. Not to rely on Social Security. The paper explains that there is no money. All of the funds you have sent in over the years have already been spent on government programs. Each time large corporations fail to invest the funds they are supposed to set aside for pensions, we call for a government investigations, and for heads to roll, and rightly so.
Who should we call on to investigate the people who have pilfered away all of the Social Security funds?
Social Security has not been a retirement plan to our elected officials. It was just another way to collect taxes to fund wars and other foolish programs. One they didn't have to be accountable to.
Leave it to George W.
Leave it to President Bush to use the 9/11 tragedy for his re-election.
Although I am surprised he took time away from looting our retirement and selling off our natural resources at taxpayer expense.
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