DL News Staff
Minnesotans, use your voice, don't lose it! In defining marriage we are doing more than merely stating its' meaning. The word "define" also means to "express the essential nature of a person or thing. The essential nature of marriage has, since the beginning of time, been understood to encompass a male/female union. Do you want an activist judge or our state legislature to have the ability to take such a far-reaching step as to change this definition without taking into account the voice of the people? Passing the marriage amendment will keep that important right with us, the people.
With the country overflowing with issues that need to be addressed we have a Senate who says "no" before discussions even start on any proposal put forth by the Obama administration, and a House that puts forth plans they know will be killed in the Senate or vetoed by the president. The word, compromise, has taken the "my way or the highway" turn, which also kills any chance of getting any meaningful legislation passed. It's possible the term, consensus, rather than compromise, would soften the hard liners, but maybe not.
Marriage is more than a union between two people. It is an institution made by God between one man and one woman. Civil law cannot change this. Before there was government, there was God. When we leave him out of the equation, we lose the whole meaning and strength of the institution. The state (man-made laws) cannot change the definition of marriage, only the regulation of marriage as it is already defined.
I am so sick of the people supporting the Republican party not giving President Obama credit for killing Osama bin Laden. Sure, a lot of background planning was done prior to this, but the fact is that he, President Obama, had to give the direct order or no one would have been able to go ahead with this plan. It was carried out by very adept men who were trained by our military to deal with situations such as this, and they did a remarkable job. But the main fact of this is that the president laid his job on the line to give that order.
County commission candidate Ben Grimsley's comments in the Becker County Record regarding the relationship between Becker County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) and the City of Detroit Lakes grossly misrepresented the outstanding partnership COLA has appreciated over the past many years.
We are writing to thank Detroit Lakes for the hospitality shown to us. We were in Detroit Lakes from July 22 to 28 with the Catholic Heart Work Camp group. We were busy most of the week, but when we did get out in the community, everyone was very welcoming and helpful. It was very generous of the high school to open their doors so we had a nice place to gather, pray and rest after each day of our service. You have a beautiful community. God bless. -- St. Catherine's Youth Group from Redwood Falls, Liz Mahal, Director of Religious Education, Church of St. Catherine, Redwood Falls
In order to divert attention away from the legitimate points brought up by those who support one man/one woman marriage, those who want to change the definition of marriage to include homosexuals often bring up other matters which obscure the point. They say, "Look at all the abuses of traditional marriage such as adultery and physical and emotional abuse within marriage." They point to the high divorce rates. They point to proponents of traditional marriage who go to the extreme and are physically and verbally abusive in their expression of their view.
The voters of newly redistricted 2B will be voting for unfamiliar candidates. Many Becker, Wadena and Hubbard County constituents have not met endorsed candidates Steve Green for MN State Representative District 2B and MN Senate Candidate Dennis Moser. Both candidates represent local rural farm, forestry and the trucking industries. Steve Green was raised on a Fosston area family farm. Steve graduated from Fosston High School and as a local self employed businessman of 31 years is aware of District issues.
I have heard it said, "A person who has nothing to hide, hides nothing." In Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney's case, in not releasing his past tax records, it seems this old saying may have some merit. I feel that hardly anyone begrudges him the fact that he has made a lot of money. It is how he made the money that some may question especially in the fact that businesses that were going bankrupt were taken over by his company and jobs sent overseas.
The job of the legislature is to decide who to tax, how much they are going to pay and where to spend the money. A couple of precepts should be followed -- the taxing should be fair and the money spent wisely. The first principal, fair taxation, should be of concern to everyone. It is certainly a concern to the rich. They have seen to it that they have not paid their fair share of the total tax burden for at least 10 years. The total tax burden includes all state and local taxes. We pay taxes all year long through sales tax, gas tax, etc. Most taxes are regressive.