When, our constitution was written the excesses of the religions, were fresh in mind, so the separation of the church and state was a natural. There was however a real question concerning whether the common man could maintain a democracy. Thought was fairly wide spread that only sons of the rich could receive enough education to be aware of the potential national problems, but the majority of the Founding Fathers thought they should give the common freeman a chance.
By the end of Thomas Jefferson's presidency, the elected decided that, the common man could be responsible for electing the more educated and responsible from their ranks, if all learned the three R's, in addition to world and American history. However, world history in the American school system has been mostly restricted to the English and European history. And, that sufficed in the days when transportation consisted of walking, the use of draught animals, and of sailing ships.
Today however, we are no longer an isolated country on a far away continent. Instead we are the world's leading nation in a time of nuclear-powered ships, both surface and submarine. And it is a time of surveillance satellites, supersonic planes, and intercontinental rockets with nuclear war heads. We are no longer isolated with our prejudices. Instead because of today's world, and our position in it, the prejudices of our minorities can often be forced upon the world without regard to religion, economics, ethnic difference, or population pressures.
If we, as a people, do not understand our historic differences, then neither will we understand our oneness. We recognized our oneness in Bosnia and Kosova, but we seem to be missing it in the near east. And, our bilateral lack of understanding, will only escalate terrorist type attacks.
Dennis G. Gordon
The C-I levy
This is the age of technology, prepared or not, it's here.
These are the governmental rebate years. Crosby-Ironton schools have cut staff, programs and administrators. Barebones in the technology age is
impossible. It's time for commitment behind the "Go-C-I-Go" chant for support. Vote "Yes" for the levy referendum
After listening to the obvious misstatements of the man who wants to be our next leader, I want to make some observations.
1)VP Gore continues to take credit for laws and initiatives begun and passed by the Republican Congress of the past eight years. He claims his party has brought welfare under control. Excuse me, Mr. Gore!! The Contract With America offered to the American people when Newt Gingrich was speaker began most if not all the reformed programs we see today in welfare. The Democrats listened to the people for once and began to adopt items in the contract that they saw the people wanted. In reality, Gore had little or nothing to do with their vision or inception. 2)VP Gore now is playing piggyback on another of Newt's concepts...Social Security Plus. Gore has stolen the term to identify his plan, which doesn't address the problem for the future generations. Gore wants the people to leave their money in the hands of big government to continue down the same path it has taken the people for all these years. He has the audacity to claim that he is better able to safeguard the people's retirement monies than we are. On the other hand, Gov. Bush wants to let the people decide what to do with our money. Mr. Bush's plan would allow the People to invest a percentage of our money in the kind of retirement program that all federal employees have the opportunity to use. Under it, a person can choose from conservative to high risk programs to invest a portion of his/her FICA taxes. Four years ago, when I retired from a federal job, the high risk program paid out over 30 percent interest, while the more conservative program still paid out over 6%. That beats the 2%interest Social Security monies have earned.
In this election year I have a deep desire to vote for a president and vice president that will provide the leadership I can admire and respect.
Don't make promises they don't intend to keep.
Will tell us the truth even though we may not like it.
Will use our hard-earned tax money wisely so we feel we are getting our money's worth.
Who truly know what is going on in our world and will not be dominated by the Washington Wonder Land.
Will not bash the oil companies who provide the fuel for our economy and transportation
Or the pharmaceutical companies that provide the life-saving drugs that save and prolong our lives and way of life.
Or the HMO's who for the most part are trying to break even financially
Will not try and create an enemy that doesn't exist.
Don't use "scare tactics" and advocate class warfare to divide us instead of unite us
Won't pass on our responsibilities to our grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
Will serve their country instead of themselves!
Don't forget to vote
Voting for Koep
I am voting for Mary Koep. She does her homework. She cuts to the chase and gets the job done. Double talk is not her way. She tells it like it is. We have experienced her persistence and dedication; she is not a quitter. We trust Mary. You can too.
Virgil L. Rubbelke
Save tax dollars
Time is close. It's a shame the commissioners chose to bury employment disagreements. Why not stand up for what's right? We need Mary back as she does work for the people. Why are Mary Koep's signs being torn down? Poor sportsmanship!
Vote Mary on Nov. 7 and save tax dollars.
As an avid sportsman, a father and a homeowner I wish to endorse Dale Walz for State Representative. I've known him for 11 years and trust his honesty, integrity and ability.
When you vote on Nov. 7 remember that Governor Bush has pledged to work with Rod Grams to double America's investment in our kids by doubling the Grams $500 per-child tax credit to $1,000.00.
Come to think of it, that's a pretty good reason for re-electing Rod
Vote for Muehlhausen
Having served on the Baxter City Council and having been mayor for two years, I had a chance to work closely with Gary. Gary is indeed a true leader and a good listener. A vote for Muehlhausen on Nov. 7th will be a positive vote for the city of Baxter.
Past mayor of Baxter
Concerned about better, safer roads and highways? I am. That's why I'm for Steve Wenzel. In this last session, Steve was an author of the law that provided $50 million for the new four-lane highway between Brainerd and Little Falls. Steve's efforts will reduce injury and deaths on this highway.
Mr. and Mrs. George Wetherbee
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