Having recently returned from a vacation, and catching up on my reading,I found the letter in the May 1 Dispatch. by a writer from Lake Shore, concerning "Gay Marriage" to be a breath of fresh air in a very polluted atmosphere. I agree with all that he had to say about how our "enlightened" society, locally, and for the most part, universally, treat our gay and lesbian, brothers and sisters. One thing that angers me is when someone, without reason, says that we all make a "Choice" as to our sexuality. How stupid! As to gay and lesbian marriages, I have yet to have anyone, specifically, prove to me how those marriages, or "comittments" would in any way threaten our marriage of 56 years! I'm very sad that our state Legislature finds the time to work on an amendment, to our state Constitution, banning gay and lesbian marriages!
How mean-spirited can those legislators, who propose such an amendment, get? For shame! Thanks to people, like the recent letter writer for speaking out onthis issue!
The cost of free government money
I could have saved a lot of people a lot of time if Rep. Oberstar had just asked me to record and report on comments made at his Hometown Values meeting in Wadena. The well-written Dispatch article on Jim's meeting contained the telltale phrase "by the panel he assembled." It seems Jimmy rounded up the usual like-thinking liberal suspects and sat around for two hours reciting the same old Democratically approved list of grievances.
One foul-mouthed Wadena City Council member crabbed about the lack of funds. Some judge with two last names crabbed about the lack of funds. (Apparently felons in the Wadena area have to hitchhike to court.) A retired schoolteacher crabbed about the lack of funds and blamed it on the "the right wing Christian element." And so it went.
And so it will always go. At the next Hometown Values gathering, you can simply change the dates and names around a little and you'll have the minutes of yet another nonproductive, woe-is-us, waste-your-time Oberstar meeting. Not one workable solution was found. Not one positive suggestion was offered. Not one constructive step was taken.
The least Jim could have done was explained to the overflow crowd of 50 that if they want more free government money, it's going to cost them a bundle.
On a brighter, more value-packed note, after sitting through the two-hour meeting, the Wadenites were credited by Jim "for sitting through the two-hour meeting."
Stephen A. Busch
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