Congratulations to Crow Wing County Auditor Deborah Erickson, and her staff, as well as the election judges.
As an observer for the recount in the U.S. Senate race I was proud to see the extraordinary work of all the officials. They made you feel that every vote was counted fairly and accurately. In fact some of those who came here from other parts of the state to represent the candidates said Crow Wing County was one of the best prepared to handle this important and historic process.
The fact that so few challenges were made also shows that the election judges at the polls on election day do a great job in instructing the voters on the process. Finally, the dozens of observers on both sides were civil and reasonable in this hotly contested race. A job well done.
Whats in a name? Bond, stock, loan, insurance? Risk, faith, truth, greed? Sure thing, slam dunk, piece-of-cake?
The more words it takes the murkier, the shakier, the weirder it is. We are told the creators of "credit default swaps" put together "securitized" loans and insurance until their bosses knew little of what was done, but approved and now, suckers, we know.
How times change
I was sitting here thinking about the really, really nice service my church had for veterans on Nov. 9. It made me think how so many things have changed. We used to call it Armistice Day, now it is Veterans Day. In high school - at Washington (1941 graduate, 16 years old) we would have a minute of silence and maybe the choir would sing - I dont remember, because at 11 p.m. is when the Armistice was signed for World War I. I wonder if they have auditorium calls now, what they call them?
When my husband worked at the Gull Lake Dam he was in charge of the waste water treatment plant, I didnt dare call it the sewage plant. Recently I mentioned to my 15-year-old grandson that when people get to know me better they realize that arithmetic isnt one of my finer points and he promptly told me it wasnt called arithmetic anymore, it is called Math. Well, I guess all I can do is get along the best I can.
As a senator, Barack Obama was a co-sponsor of the Freedom of Choice Act. This legislation supersedes previous restrictions on abortions passed during the Bush administration. We know any unborn baby more than 20 weeks old can experience pain before death by abortion procedures. We also know that abortion is the leading cause of death in Minnesota.
The new president-elect has promised supporters he will sign this bill. How can God bless America after the Freedom of Choice Act becomes law?
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