So our friendly Republicans are celebrating. They finally got something they call a tax reform bill through Congress. I haven't read it nor did most of the people in Congress, so until I know more I will reserve judgment on the bill. I know a lot of people didn't like it but I don't know if that was just the other side of the aisle who aren't going to like anything with a Republican stamp on it—or not. But putting that aside there was one thing that bothered me and that was the fact that the bill is not funded and will increase the national debt.
Our greatly blessed country was founded on ideas recorded in such documents as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, among others. Ideas of self-government that promote individual freedoms and responsibilities; that each citizen has the right to his opinion, and the opportunity and obligation to express and defend that opinion with logic and reason in a forum such as this.
Yes, I am guilty of wearing short skirts in the '60s and '70s. I own my behavior and put myself in situations that lacked sensibility, that was my behavior. This does not give another an excuse to abuse, mock or try to intimidate me. Nor does that give anyone an excuse to label me with derogatory terms, and this means women or men who both do labeling and only adds great pain to another's life.
As the year draws to a close we will no doubt see the stories of all the things that were accomplished by groups and by government. We will read about what this person did and what that person did in the name of progress. But will any of these stories have meaning to you? Will any of them touch your heart? As we reflect on what has been done let us not skip the fact that there is still time left to finish things off and to make a difference. Many groups and organizations still need your support so they can continue the work they do.
Romney spoke of honor and integrity. It seems there is a severe lack of both in Washington. Apparently, the Republican party has decided to condone sexual predators. Are the elected officials setting aside their honor, integrity, their oath of office in order to get one vote? If that is true, then they are betraying their constituents. I believe we must all be fearful of losing our democracy to partisan politics. Apparently, our elected officials can't think for themselves and do what their party masters tell them to think, feel and vote for. Jerry Thompson
It might be a good idea this year not to bring mistletoe to the office or the Christmas Party. Art Becker Pillager
Once again we find another opportunity to laugh in the collective face of the collective left. The newest attack-du jour is, of course, allegations of sexual harassment coming from every corner and walk of life in America, and Democrats have attempted seizing this as a weapon.
Recently I purchased a used vehicle at a Baxter dealer. Among the usual paper to be signed at purchase time I was to sign a paper that paid $20 that would go to the Baxter government center. Really? I strongly disagree with this charge, asking new customers, especially the elderly—I'm 93—to fund their city government. There must be a better way of funding than doing this. Think about this. Elsie Keller Long Prairie
Here's how the Islamic Resource Group seminar at CLC began: "We want to really discuss and hear comments and whatever questions that you have on your mind, are all welcome. We'd really love to hear your thoughts, your opinions ... this will be a discussion session." Following that terrific welcome, it's mind boggling how the Dispatch reporter twisted his story to suggest some audience members became contentious and took the seminar off script.
Republicans sold their souls to Donald Trump and Roy Moore. This is now the party of moral bankruptcy! We elected an authoritarian so we could outlaw abortion and the LGBQT community.