Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2008 13:52:58 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Fri, Sep 26 2008 4:52 pm
Subject: 9/26/08 MN news article: the Save-A-Life Foundation, Sen. Norm Coleman, and $40 Homeland Security appropriation
Commentary: More Questions Than Answers Over Odd Coleman Bill
by Scott Wente, St. Paul Bureau
Detroit Lakes Tribune (MN) - 09/26/2008
ST. PAUL -- In the world of politics, the public often needs to hear
Silence can breed skepticism, sometimes unwarranted.
Take the example of a recent news tip about little-known legislation
ďThis legislation gives us the opportunity to support an initiative
On its surface, the episode hardly deserves a skeptical look: A
Supposedly, that was the end of it. The feds and Coleman moved on to
Yet, reporting yielded interesting facts. An emergency training
Additionally, there was no detailed explanation for why the Coleman-
Calls were made, including to the foundation, Homeland Security
-- Did Coleman author the legislation with the foundation in mind?
-- Since lawmakers like to talk about how they help their
-- Did Coleman or federal officials make sure Save A Life did not get
Homeland Security officials responded to an initial inquiry, but
The foundationís leader, Carol Spizzirri, would not return repeated
Even the office of Coleman's Democratic opponent, Al Franken, had
Surely Coleman, a Republican locked in a fierce re-election battle,
The senatorís press secretary, LeRoy Coleman (no relation to the
The spokesman would not grant an interview with Coleman, arguing there
That may be, but itís hard for the public to decide that when left
@2008 Forum Communications
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