You will never believe I got a Christmas card from someone who claims to be our lakes area ACLU lawyer. Of course the card was not signed and there was no return address so I feel obligated to respond through our reliable local newspapers. The ACLU member asked What are those basic rights they are going to step on?
For starts let's consider taking prayer out of our schools, taking religious scenes off public property, taking our guns away, intimidations of our school boards and local governments and many others. The vast majority of our people resent the ACLU and it's ridiculous interpretation of the constitution. We are not idiots! Our federal constitution and the constitutions of all 50 states refer to God in their constitutions. Why don't lawyers who are running for public office ever state they are a member of the ACLU in their campaign literature? Because they couldn't win a campaign for even a county dog catcher if the voters knew they were members of the ACLU.
The ACLU member went on to say Rather than cards to the ACLU, I think it would be Christian of you to encourage people to donate to food shelves, peace promotion organizations, the YMCA, etc.
Most Christians are already generous with donations to food shelves, the YMCA, etc. I bet the percentage of Christians making donations are much higher then atheist ACLU members. Thanks for the Merry Christmas greeting in spite of the stupid ACLU comments in the card.
Crow Wing County
Thinking of Brainerd
The new year is almost here; and with that a new election season starts. I am revved up for it. I've had a $5 bill pinned to the wall since last election for the next filing fee.
We know Brainerd is facing some hard times with deep budget issues, gigantic cost over-runs with the College Drive projects, etc. No one person is the solution to these problems. Six other conservative thinkers will help. Men and women who will actually read the material provided to them via city staff and get actively involved in dealing with these issues. This year we have the opportunity to put four new faces behind the bench. If you actually want things to change in Brainerd's government, then you the voters need vote for different people then who currently serve. People who aren't afraid to rock the boat.
Currently we only have one person like this representing us. Thanks Bob for having the sand to buck this business as usual council we have.
Setting the record straight
Appended to an article which stated that I had withdrawn my candidacy for attorney general of Minnesota, a few wisecrack artists called me a fruitcake on the basis of inexcusably misrepresented facts. I wish to set the record straight:
• It was said that my administration as county attorney did not prosecute sex crimes, or barely did so. Under my administration, we prosecuted two-thirds more such crimes per year by the end of the second year of my term than my predecessor during his last year in office. We increased felony prosecutions by 79 percent in only two years, as shown in records of the court administrator's office. As shown in a 1994 report of the department of corrections, our per capita incarceration rate reached the highest level in the history of the county up to that time, and was 76 percent higher in the county by end of the third year of my term than across the rest of the state of Minnesota. And, as can be demonstrated from records of the county auditor, we cut costs of running the office by 30 percent across the board over four years.
• I withdrew my candidacy for attorney general, but reconsidered for two days on request of respectable citizens, then confirmed my decision, because I think it is in the public interest for Norm Coleman to run for that office to clean up the mess described in the articles of Eric Black, published on MinnPost.com on May 28-29, 2008. Those articles accurately disclose appalling mismanagement and corruption in the attorney general's office, and should be of concern to citizens who want honest government.
John Remington Graham
St. Agapit, Quebec, Canada
Minnesota Bar (No. 3664X)
Newspapers and mail delivery
How come when a person subscribes to an out of state newspaper, that newspaper takes up to two weeks or longer to be delivered. With so many people e-mailing, and so many people laid off from work that can't afford to mail their bill payments, the post office can't be as busy as it once was. Yet advertisements and junk mail get through in a timely manner. Isn't a newspaper more important than junk mail? By the time the paper arrives, it isn't news any more, it's history.
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