A recent Merrifield writer reminds us of the "ancient Chinese Golden Rule proverb" about doing to others "as you'd like them to do to you." Those clever ancient Chinese. I wonder who wrote their material and where they got their ideas. Maybe there was one Chinese guy in Nazareth "almost exactly" 2,000 years ago that might have heard something from some Jewish Guy. Who knows?
Anyhow, the writer tells us that President George W. Bush is "despised and even hated" by half the people in America. A quick check of the numbers indicates that President George W. Bush captured more than 50 percent of the popular vote (Bill "Ah was tryin' to protect my family" Clinton didn't do that in two tries.) and is the first incumbent president in over six decades to increase his majority in both the House and the Senate. The majority of Americans has shown that they believe in President George W. Bush's character, vision and leadership.
Another letter writer tells of how the Holy Spirit changes a person for the better. The writer criticizes President George W. Bush for alleged name-calling during the campaign and promptly proceeds to call President George W. Bush a "hypocrite".
I read somewhere, maybe it was in the Chinese Catechism, that we hate the sin but love the sinner. So whether you love or hate and even despise our elected leaders, let's set side aside our differences and join President George W. Bush in building an even better America.
Stephen A. Busch
Response to animal lover
You're 100 percent correct and you have a heart of gold for taking in those animals who have been dumped off on your country road. I too have experienced the same problem with discarded pets. You shouldn't have to be physically, emotionally and financially responsible for someone's ill behavior. Unfortunately in today's society, personal responsibility and accountability is dramatically lacking. Is this because of the lack of parental upbringing, lack of education, lack of concern or lack of common sense? Who really knows? If I may suggest to you or anyone else in this position is to contact Don Hannas -- animal control officer for Crow Wing County (829-4749 ) to see if he could assist you in this matter. Mr. Hannas works closely with HART animal shelter. His concern and commitment to the welfare of animals is never lacking.
To the individual who dumped their house cat off on Oakridge Road. You don't have to wonder if it will survive in the wild anymore. It didn't. It met its demise by being torn apart by the talons of a hawk. "Please -- do not feed the wildlife ."
Iraq war is not about our safety
Excuse me, but what fairy tale have you been listening to when you opine "the soldiers fighting house to house in Fallujah" are fighting for "our safety?" (Our Opinion: BD, Nov 11). The latest 'white-wash' emanating from the White House and dutifully repeated by a subservient mass media?
Some independent newspapers have apologized for the "group-think" mentality that did not question more seriously the administration's original stated reasons for invading Iraq. Anyone remember weapons of mass destruction? Or Saddam's supposed connection to the 9/11 terrorists? With both of those having been proven false, we were then told it was for the "liberation of the Iraqi people." That mendacity became apparent when the resistance of the 'insurgents' and polls conducted among the Iraqi population indicated the overwhelming majority wanted the occupiers out -- ASAP.
At one point a high official declared the war was really about oil, probably as close as this administration will come to telling the truth. But now, we are told, the war is about "our safety." I'm not sure how many of us should feel safe with a policy that incites more hatred toward us in the Middle East as well as worldwide... and the creation of more terrorists bent on wreaking revenge. Perhaps that is the ultimate plan of the administration: to engage us in perpetual war, terror and fear for the political advantage of their sponsors. Coincidentally, it would make for an interesting economic plan -- outsourcing American youth via the military to counteract the outsourcing of legitimate jobs and dollars (four more wars and a draft?).
The Brainerd Dispatch and other darlings of "group-think" media do our soldiers and our citizenry no favor by repeating the lies of a pathetically stupid and self-serving government. This war is not about "our safety."
Liberal pundits get it wrong again
Once again the political pundits, most of whom are on the liberal side of the aisle, are saying that the homosexual/lesbian marriage issue is divisive and so shouldn't be discussed in our national debates over values. Once again, how wrong they are.
The election results are in -- and Americans overwhelmingly want marriage to be defined as the union between one man and one woman. Voters in several states decided by huge margins to preserve in their state constitutions this age-old definition.
Eleven states in all had marriage-protection amendments on their ballots -- and the measures passed in all of them, in most cases by supermajorities, as they were in a handful of other states in recent years, proof that Congress failed to heed the will of the people in voting down the Federal Marriage Amendment this summer.
Whether any of these amendments will really protect marriage, of course, is anybody's guess. That's because activist judges will now seek to negate the votes of the people, and as Louisiana found out after passing a similar amendment earlier this fall, there are no limits to some courts' ability to overreach when looking to foist a politically correct agenda on the rest of us.
That's why the only real remedy to efforts to render marriage meaningless is an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This would strip the judicial tyrants of their ability to thwart the voice of the people by their oligarchy. It would also send a message to Minnesota's liberal state senators that their refusal to allow such a marriage-protecting amendment will not be forgotten at the next election.
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