Opinion

Later this month, I will be joining my siblings at the family plot in  a southern Minnesota cemetery to bury my dad’s ashes. He died two years ago, gave his body to medical research, and we have recently  received the ashes. It will be a quiet, little ceremony. In preparing for this occasion, I have [...]

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To the editor:  Most Catholics have probably heard about Mary, in Her Scapular Promise. July 16 is the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and July 13, 1917, Our Lady of Fatima told the three children Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco, that she would come on Oct. 13 of that year also as Our [...]

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To the editor:  It was a sad day when President Bush gave us the wars in Iraq, and don’t forget the killing of our service members in Afghanistan also. It was a sad day when General Colin Powell ended up telling a big lie to the United Nations about the “weapons of mass destruction.” There [...]

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Being an editor in these parts during election season is a little like being the referee in a professional wrestling match. One never knows when one of the participants is going to body slam you instead of their opponent. We are often accused of editing the letters from only one side. It gets a little [...]

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To the editor:  It must be very difficult for members of our military to have any respect whatsoever for their commander-in-chief, especially those who captured or had brothers die, capturing the five terrorists our president recently set free. How anyone could possibly trade two Attila the Huns and three Genghis Khans for one Jane Fonda, [...]

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On Friday, we will be celebrating the 238th anniversary of the United States’ experiment in self-government. It was an experiment then, and it remains so today, perhaps even more so. In many ways, we are testing the rule of law and the limits of self-government. When an increasing number of citizens decide to shoot up [...]

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To the editor:  It is a sad day to see what is happening in Iraq today after our men and women and others fought for them. Now the terrorists are taking over the bases our military built there and are using tanks and all military equipment against the Iraqi people and soldiers. We can thank [...]

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To the editor:  Common Core started in the Bush administration with the “No child left behind.” It is a set of standards that all schools must use on how to teach grade by grade without the consent of the parents. Bill Gates is the big push behind Common Core. He was a huge donor to [...]

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