DL News Staff
Many leaders in the ELCA in Minnesota (but perhaps not the majority of the laity) have come out in opposition to the MN Marriage Amendment and the natural/biblical definition of marriage. We wish to be clear that our Lutheran congregation, along with many others, unequivocally confesses otherwise.
Shaking hands and kissing babies: That's the old campaign adage. But politicians need to do more than kiss babies to make an impact on the lives of our young children. It's important for all of us to know where incumbent officials and candidates stand on issues of early childcare and education. For starters, you can go online and view national, state and local voting records at www.votesmart.org .
Rick Nolan will be accountable to us here, not to millionaires elsewhere who do not know us. He will represent us and our values in Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District. He has not signed an oath to private citizen Grover Norquist that would have tied his hands before taking office. Nolan's opponent Cravaack voted against common sense to redefine rape. Cravaack voted for Paul Ryan's budget that would slash Medicaid, cut Pell Grants for students, and substitute vouchers for Medicare. He says that Tea Party values are his values. What Cravaack supports, then, is not a free market.
The proposed Voter ID Amendment in front of Minnesota voters in two weeks is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Set aside for a moment the tremendous cost to Minnesota taxpayers in man-hours and in taxpayer dollars. This proposed amendment blatantly disenfranchises potential voters. Ask yourself, "Why do we need this amendment?" The purported unfounded reason is to seemingly get rid of voter fraud. My own Republican personal state representative-in-waiting claims that there have been thousands of fraudulent votes cast recently in Minnesota. Where is the proof?
In the Minnesota Senate race, Phil Hansen's side (the Republican Party) has been making false accusations against Kent Eken. Mass mailings are being sent out against Kent Eken saying he voted to raise the "granny tax" (a fee on nursing home residents) by 17 percent. This accusation is a bold faced lie. Eken has never voted for an increase in the "granny tax." In fact, the opposite is true.
When his great-great-grandfather settled here, he changed his name to Eken, which is Norwegian for oak tree. It symbolized his hope that the Eken family would stay and grow here for generations to come. His hope has taken root, because Kent and Lori are raising their four children on the fourth-generation Eken family farm, where Kent grew up and learned the value of hard work. Kent was elected by the people of western Minnesota to serve them in the Minnesota House since 2002 because of his passion for our communities and his strong work ethic. Eken has the knowledge and experience nece
In the debate of the definition of marriage, there are few things that make me grit my teeth more than hearing the phrase "traditional marriage." Marriage has always changed. In the debate of marriage there are three histories we must consider; those being the social, religious, and political histories. Marriage has always been a social institution. It has been used for peace, strength, to carry along bloodlines, to increase property size and wealth, and to bolster political and social power.
Congress is in gridlock -- nothing significant can be accomplished nor even discussed. What is the roadblock? There may be many but the major cause is the outspoken hatred for President Obama. Is it because of his success in stopping the free fall of the economy, restoring the financial sector, his passion for providing health care for millions, his stopping the war in Iraq and setting a schedule for getting out of Afghanistan? What about extending unemployment insurance and reducing taxes for the victims of the previous administrations economic policies?
Recently both candidates for the MN dist 4 wrote letters to editors regarding an issue in this campaign. Phil Hansen the Republican candidate wrote a letter to the Forum denouncing the mailings being sent out which attacked his opponent Kent Eken of Twin Valley. Hansen repudiated the group(s) that had sent out the mailers and expressed his disdain for such tactics.
Why would the CEO of a large corporation take a stand, any stand, on the question of how marriage should be defined? Back in the 2005 time frame, my employer, a large software company, instituted a corporate program which had a core cultural component of recognizing, acknowledging, and celebrating diversity, including sexual orientation. Such a policy meant the company would be eligible to bid on contracts (largely government) where recognizing diversity was a major factor. A high-level management diversity office was created to make sure there was 100 percent compliance.