When it comes to the issue of abortion, the race for the U.S. Senate between Norm Coleman and Paul Wellstone is very clear.
Wellstone has voted three times in favor of the gruesome partial-birth abortion procedure. Used from the fifth month on, it involves pulling a live baby feet-first out of the womb, except for the head, then puncturing the skull and suctioning out the brain. The great majority of partial-birth abortions are performed on healthy babies, for entirely non-medical reasons.
Coleman wants to see this brutal abortion procedure stopped.
Wellstone has also voted against the Child Custody Protection Act, which would assure that states' parental consent and parental notice laws are obeyed. Coleman supports this act, because he rightly believes that parents should be involved in their children's lives.
The race for the U.S. Senate is very clear.
Al and Rose Speldrich
Vote Dick Ross
Sheriff Dick Ross exemplifies the finest law enforcement traditions. He's honest, trustworthy and has experience to lead a department with a huge budget. Dick teaches a women's firearm training class and will issue permits to firearm trained women. His opponent? If it isn't broken, don't fix it. Vote Dick Ross.
Linda J. Thoe
'Mind made up'
In response to the Open Forum regarding the motocross racetrack issue. I too noticed the "Mind made up" attitude of the appointed chairman. Especially on the motocross issue.
Here you have someone willing to give our kids something to do that won't cost us taxpayers anything! The board certainly wasn't listening to that though. I don't often attend these meetings, I have actually been at two, both times I noticed the same type of attitude! I thought it was pathetic how the chairman found that he should keep doing his nails, rolling his eyes, and looking off into the crowd during the public comments part of the meeting! At the beginning of the hearing, he stated that all comments must be kept under five minutes. This rule must not have applied if you were against the issue. By my watch, the representative that was there from Baxter took over 15, and Terry McGaughey from the State Park took closer to 20. But I guess that is okay since the chairman, Roger Landers, serves on the county park commission with the Baxter representative Todd Holman.
I think it is definitely time that we the people of Crow Wing County look at how this office works, or does not work.
Our rights as landowners are certainly in jeopardy with what I have seen at the two meetings I attended!
The track issue
As a resident of Crow Wing Township I would like to comment on the KC Race Promotions racetrack.
My family and I don't personally race motorcycles or ATVs. We are though in total support of the proposed facility.
I am confused as to the people who are opposed to it, most of whom it doesn't effect whatsoever, an Emily resident, a Baxter city planner (shouldn't he be working on Baxter issues?) and a stock car racer!
I have attended the last three meetings of which two were at the Crow Wing Town Hall and here it was almost unanimously voted in favor of.
It is just too bad a few people are trying to ruin it for the rest of us!
If the township wants it, and our great commissioner is supporting it, shouldn't we be able to have it?
Knowing as I do several of the people in the editorial argument about Bob Olson's outburst, I want to share my opinion.
First of all, the superstore argument is an empty debate. Given the timing of the recent activity concerning such stores, I suspect the real motivation by a certain council member was to draw attention away from the council's indifferent handling of the Potlatch fiasco. Many local Green Party types are suckers for this issue, and as we have seen, nobody's talking about Potlatch since they started screaming about superstores.
Since it's an election year, I'm sure the council would like us to forget about a lot of things. Like how they told 3M and Hunt Technologies to take a hike when they wanted to locate in the shops. (It didn't stop them from giving money to that swindler who claimed he wanted to build busses in the shops, though.) What about the months we have endured torn up streets? Or how the council stood by while a co-worker of one of the council evicted an entire trailer park he purchased because he'd make a killing building luxury homes on the same land. How about the way downtown in particular and the city in general have been circling the drain these past few years? Let's not forget the budget deficit in a time of recession, when resources are stretched thin as it is.
This is the "work" of our wise and compassionate city council. If I were Bob Olson, I guess I would be yelling too! Bob isn't always the nicest person, but at least you know where he stands. Like him or not, he always comes to council meetings sober, serious, and skeptical.
The worst thing about this debate is the confusion and friendships broken over it.
Penny and schools
Gubernatorial candidate Tim Penny has stated that he would give local school boards more authority to raise property taxes without voter approval.
During a recent debate Penny said, "I think we ought to give school boards discretionary authority to raise their taxes." He added, "we shouldn't have to go to referendums just to meet operating costs."
Why does Tim Penny want to deny voters a voice in how their local schools are funded? That would be a major blow to education accountability.
Penny needs to tell voters the specifics of his plan and voters should reject any attempt by candidates to strip them of their right to vote on school district levy referendums.
Minnesota Education League
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