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Small arms treaty is global gun control scheme Ron Jacobson in last week's paper said the Obama Administration has done nothing to curtail his Second Amendment rights. Maybe true, but as he told the president of Russia, "I will have more leeway after the election." Recently his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said the Obama administration will be "working hand-in-glove with the U.N. to pass a new 'small arms treaty.'" To be put it bluntly: This is a massive global gun control scheme. If passed by the U.N. and ratified by the U.S.
Westrom worked to protect life As our State Representative, Torrey Westrom has fought hard to preserve the sanctity of human life. While chair of the House Civil Law Committee, Torrey helped pass bills that would have reduced the number of abortions in our state. One of those would have prohibited abortions after 20 weeks, the point at which many physicians believe unborn children begin to feel pain. He also stood up for our values by voting for a bill that prohibited taxpayer money from being used to provide abortions.
Westrom supports education policies for rural students As the former Superintendent of Alexandria's Public Schools, I have monitored Torrey Westrom's support of education. Over the past two years Torrey supported education policies that help students, especially those in rural schools. In 2011, he voted to increase state education funding by $686 million over the previous budget. Importantly, for schools in our area, he voted to establish a fund to aid rural schools with fewer than 1,000 students.
Christians support a reasonable definition of marriage Pastor Main would have you believe that "Redefining marriage is an abuse of the estate of marriage that God has given mankind." But good Christians have always supported reasonable redefinitions of marriage. For instance, before the seventeenth century, arranged marriages were the norm. But with a growing sense of the importance of individual freedom, the culture redefined marriage as a matter of individual choice. Before the nineteenth century, fifty-year-old men could marry thirteen-year-old girls.
Marriage amendment is not a theological question The question before Minnesota voters of a constitutional amendment to forbid gays to marry is not a theological one. Heaven only knows that Lutheran communities have argued that one enough lately. The question is whether we want to use our state constitution to take rights away. The constitution is supposed to protect everyone's rights. Minnesota law (not constitution) already forbids gays to marry and any church is free to deny the rite of marriage. We don't need it in the constitution.
PlayRight Community Theatre bids farewell to community Due to many of our creative team moving from the Morris area, it is with great sadness that I announce that the PlayRight Community Theatre is going out of (show) business after 20 years. I want to take this opportunity to extend PlayRight's appreciation to the entire Morris area community for supporting our performances since 1992.
Speed limit signs needed on South Columbia I am a concerned home owner, living on South Columbia Ave. I am so sorry for not bringing this up sooner. I actually thought it would have been taken care of by now. This is the problem. I babysit my three grandkids every other weekend so, of course, I am concern about them and all the other children that play on this street. Did you know we have no speed limit signs? Between Jerry's and the four-way... NOT one. But from the four-way to Pizza Hut, we have numerous ones, even flashing ones with cameras...
Phil Krinkie's "fair" tax is not a fair solution Phil Krinkie (who is usually cranky about something), says that if everyone just paid the same amount of income tax, it would be a "fair" tax. He says that about 30 percent of Minnesotans pay no income tax. He's right -- as far as he gets. What he leaves out is that everyone in the state, no matter how poor, pays sales tax and local property tax. And all workers, no matter how poor, pay federal Social Security and Medicare taxes.
Flag missing, return wanted Each holiday, members of the VFW, Legion, AMVets and Sons of Legion place 50 United State flags along 7th street in Morris near the Veterans' Memorial, called the Avenue of Flags. Well, on Monday evening when we returned to take down the flags after Labor Day, one was missing, and the aluminum pole was badly bent. We'd like to know if someone stole the flag, if someone vandalized the pole and took the flag, or if someone accidentally hit the pole and then took the flag for safekeeping. If anyone knows let me know. We'd like the flag to be returned.
Thank you, Morris Throughout my life, countless students, with no small amount of pride, have told me about the various teachers they've "scared away" from their schools and careers. Although my absence this fall among the Morris Area High School faculty might come as a surprise to some of you, please know that this was definitely not the case with me. Over the course of this all-too-fleeting summer, I've had a number of students, parents, and faculty members ask me about why I had to make the decision to leave.