Can you imagine George W. Bush in the role of President Bartlett in the television program "The West Wing"? Neither could over half of the voters in the last presidential election. The Supreme Court apparently could envision G. W. B. as presidential material. Too bad they didn't pick Ronnie Reagan. At least he could act. Well, sort of.
Good night Bonzo!
Earlier this year a straw vote was taken by the public in regards to a state-run casino. Seventy percent of the voters contacted were in favor of such. We were told that it would be on the ballot this fall for Minnesota voters to vote on! Recently I was told that Sviggum and his Republican House and Means Committee did not bring this out of committee, therefore it will not be on the ballot for the voters of Minnesota to vote on! This to me is rotten politics to say the least. I feel our voting rights have been violated by this individual! When are we going to get Republican House members we can trust?
I was appalled at the letter to the editor on Aug. 6, Many "educated individuals" do not share her view that "pill contraception is abortion," that "any contraception interferes with God's Plan," and that "any organization that supports contraception is against God."
God's edict to "multiply" was given to the nascent world; it is not applicable to today's world where overpopulation is the biggest problem and the underlying reason behind war, terrorism, hunger, crime, family and social problems, poverty, water and land overuse, education, etc.
How can anyone in today's society feel that it is a "sin " to limit one's family, to perhaps not enjoy marital relations unless procreation is the desired result? Family planning is necessary for our society and especially for emerging nations.
If you study this problem and learn the facts on population, you should agree that rather it is a "sin" to deprive needy nations of monies (by not paying our assessment in multi-nation plans) because of the views of the minority who do not approve of any family planning and consequently deprive these nations of other needed health care. In the same way, those who condemn Planned Parenthood are trying to deprive our own people of needed care.
Today, holding anti-contraception beliefs is dogmatic and unthinking, and such rigid and unbending views certainly lead to the violence we've been seeing lately. It is certainly not intelligent to expect others to follow you and allow no room for dissension. In fact, any concerned couple today who study today's problems cannot in all conscience do more than replace themselves. To bring additional children into the world is selfish and irresponsible. Perhaps "God's Plan" would have us use the resources of the earth sparingly and not be profligate and overuse them, as we seem to be doing.
Question the candidates
The letter writer who questioned Lucy Nesheim's pro-life commitment is exactly right. Nesheim says she is pro-life, yet she supports single-issue pro-abortion Roger Moe for governor knowing that he will veto pro-life legislation. She supports Paul Wellstone's re-election knowing that he is single-issue pro-abortion; he votes against every pro-life bill that comes up in the U.S. Senate and he opposes any judicial candidate who is even the least bit conservative and may someday render a pro-life ruling. Can her pro-life commitment be trusted?
The right to life is a no-compromise situation. It is a life or death situation. Other issues like heath care reform, assistance for the elderly and disadvantaged, the environment, and labor policy are basically money issues and compromises can be reached which help everyone. Not so with pro-life legislation. The vote is either for life or for death.
It has been almost 30 years since the Supreme Court legalized abortion. In that time approximately 40 million unborn children have been killed by abortion. These children were never allowed to be born and develop into productive citizens. Their taxes could have supported Social Security and Medicare. They were our future mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses, doctors, legislators and maybe a president. One of them might have found a cure for cancer or AIDS. But they are lost forever.
That is why it is so important to be absolutely sure where a candidate or incumbent stands on the pro-life issue. Question a candidate; check an incumbent's voting record, not only how the incumbent has voted on pro-life bills, but also did he vote for pro-life leadership in his legislative body. All this indicates how committed they are. Then decide who you will trust with your vote on Nov. 5.
It's legal now
We saw on television the other night, that Paul Wellstone is authoring legislation (what politicians do best) to allow Minnesota and others to reimport prescription drugs.
Are these guys great or what?
At the risk of bursting a political ad bubble, someone should inform Paul that it's legal now!
We have been saving from 35 to 90 percent on our prescriptions for the last year by doing this.
Ron and Linda Olson
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