There is a reason they're called the Greatest Generation. Facing economic hardships and a growing national isolationism, they fought a world war, and came home to fight off the Depression. Over 300,000 Minnesotans fought in World War II, and thousands more men and women stayed home and kept the American economy growing.
Never has a single generation of people contributed so much to our society.
Last Sunday, ground was broken for a World War II memorial on the Capitol grounds. The $1.3 million memorial is being built to honor the veterans of World War II and their fallen comrades, but it is not built solely for them. It is built for the sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of these brave veterans. It is built for our youth, so they may walk among the pillars and be inspired by an awesome sense of the accomplishment and sacrifice that was made in the name of freedom.
I was lucky enough to be able to attend this groundbreaking ceremony with my mother and father, both of whom served in World War II. My father pressed through the desert in Africa and stormed the shores of Sicily under General Patton. My mother served with the Red Cross all across Europe and helped comfort thousands of soldiers. I am so thrilled that my parents were able to come to the ceremony and meet with Gov. Pawlenty.
I am honored to be a state senator, and humbled to be ensconced in the democratic process. The American Dream lives in the whispers of the wind that blows through the gravestones of Fort Snelling. I encourage you to honor our fallen heroes by visiting the completed memorial in the fall of 2006. Bring a child, and explain to them that freedom isn't free.
Is 'intelligent design' intelligent?
In a recent letter to the editor (8/18/05), a writer stated "intelligent design has been discredited by 99-plus percent of the world's scientific community and is academically worthless"
This claim, even if superficially investigated, will be found to be utter nonsense.
What "intelligent design" attempts to do is to simply open up for discussion the many scientific breakthroughs of the last five years or so. The preponderance of evidence strongly points to a blueprint for life and indeed the whole universe rather than the outcome of some hodgepodge workings of random chance.
A short list of some of the scientific questions that the random chance theory never adequately address are:
1. Irreducible complexity
2. Molecular motors in cells
3. Biochemical information systems
4. The genetic code
5. Genetic fine tuning
6. Complex designs that take preplanning
7. Molecular convergence
8. Complexity of cell membranes
9. High precision quality control
10. The ribosome/protein matching systems
11. The expanding universe
This list could go on and on and on.
These kinds of questions are just starting to be asked and the list is growing.
While "intelligent design" opens the doors to the philosophical possibility that if there is a design -- is there also a designer? This conjecture, however, has nothing to do with the original "intelligent design" premise which is -- did the amazing, mind boggling, complexity we observe in the universal blueprint happen by pure accident -- or is there a verifiable underlying organizational structure behind it?
What is a shame is that the examination of the possibility of an ordered process, rather than happenstance, can appear to be such a threat to some peoples "closed minded" bias that they don't even want it open for discussion, no less investigation.
East Gull Lake
Give police the proper authority
As a lifelong pet owner and passionate animal lover, I am appalled at some of the recent animal attack stories and a seeming lack of police protection. The north Brainerd incident disclosed about 40 complaints in about a year with no permanent solution until a puppy was killed. Very sad.
David Deziel nearly lost his life and probably will have permanent disabilities from his experience with several dangerous dogs. There had been several calls to authorities previous to his attack. Police say they are following the law, yet dangerous cases keep falling through the cracks. People and dogs are falling prey to faulty laws and police protection.
I call on our legislators to consider stricter laws to protect us from bad pet owners. Hold them accountable and keep us safe. Pass laws with stern penalties and allow more police enforcement in earlier stages. It is ridiculous hearing of dozens of complaints against an animal or residence resulting in a tragedy. Prevent it. Give police proper authority to enforce the law and prevent needless human or animal injury and death.
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