Notes from all over

by GDA


The "American Dream" is possible because of those who served. Remember that this coming Memorial Day weekend when we remember those who served our country to guarantee those freedoms. We should especially remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms, giving their lives.
Just think, the citizens of this country are guaranteed freedom of speech, freedom to bear arms, the right to equal protection under the law, the right against self-incrimination in a criminal case, the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, the freedom of religion, the right of freedom to peacefully assemble, the freedom to pursue a livelihood and happiness, the right to a jury trial, the right to an attorney and, the most important right of all, Freedom itself.
Now, what do all those freedoms cost us? Well, you have to pay taxes owed and remain law-abiding. Now, that is a great deal, one that every citizen of the world would love to have. Thanks to those brave Americans who have served this country since 1776, the freedoms are as good a deal as they were back in 1787 when our Constitution was ratified and 1791 when the Bill of Rights was passed.
Just think, in WWI we saw 116,000 Americans make the ultimate sacrifice, in WWII we lost 400,000, Korea saw us lose 37,000, Vietnam saw this country lose 58,000 lives. The number lost in Iraq and Afghanistan adds several additional thousands of brave Americans.
We should never forget the sacrifices made for our Freedoms.
This Memorial Day weekend, enjoy this special holiday, but remember those who made it possible. Take time to go to the cemeteries and thank those resting there. There are special ceremonies on Memorial Day, try to make it to them.
Finally, a big Thank You to those who have served this country.
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The 2017 Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton are hopefully working hard to pass the $46 billion, two-year budget. They have had 4-1/2 months to do it. Of course the two parties and the governor wait until the end to decide how to spend our $46 billion. If they don't come to an agreement, a special session will have to be called and that will cost the taxpayers more money.
Maybe if we cut the size of one of the largest legislatures in this country down to a workable size, the budgets and bills could be passed on time. Of course a lot of political hacks would have to find jobs.
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The only news the mainstream media seems to come up with is about Pres. Trump and the Russians' effect on the election. Yes, Trump did fire FBI Chief Comey, but that is his right. The problem with the ex-FBI honcho was he tried to play politics, too much. There will probably be a special investigator or prosecutor for this and they won't find anything, but that is all right. Hopefully, Pres. Trump will choose a professional to head up the Federal Bureau of Investigation, someone who is not so concerned about politics.
Now, I would think they would do the right thing and appoint a special prosecutor for the Benghazi mess where our ambassador and three Americans were killed and Obama and Clinton did nothing except blame some obscure producer of a tape. Then we need a special prosecutor to check into the former head of the IRS who tried to stop a Republican group wanting a ruling on their collections. Oh yeah, how about a special prosecutor to check into the billions Hillary Clinton collected for her failed run for presidency. Much of that money came from countries overseas. How about a special prosecutor to investigate Obama's bugging of the cloak room at the Senate? Oh yeah, how about a special prosecutor to check into the classified data that Hillary let go through her use of private e-mails?
The idea of special prosecutors sounds great. Let's do it and when they find something, then really prosecute those who are guilty, no matter how high up they are.
Meanwhile the mainstream media keeps trying to blast Trump and failing to find anything. Just think, there are something like 3,300 counties in this country and Trump won over 3,000 of them. Yes, Hillary won New York City and Los Angeles County while Trump won the country.
Is it not time for those crybabies to accept the fact that they lost the presidency and it wasn't close? Obama should go to one of his mansions that he somehow acquired while president. Hillary should go into hiding along with Bill. The Congress should start doing their job of running the country. These attempts at a coup of type to remove President Donald Trump should be stopped or a special prosecutor should be picked to check into them.
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As a USAF veteran, I want to thank all who have served our country in the Armed Forces or those who are now. Happy Memorial Day.