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Saturday, October 23, 2004

Renaming the VA Medical Center

An attempt to rename the VA Medical Center after Paul Wellstone has been derailed by (here comes a shock) three Minnesota Republicans. Representative John Kline, along with Mark Kennedy and Gil Gutknecht, say that it should be named after a "real war hero." This is despite the fact that veterans themselves want the name changed.

Despite what Republicans think, the country doesn't stop owing a debt of gratitude to veterans once the war is over and the soldiers return home. Senator Wellstone was a tireless advocate for helping veterans in terms of housing and medical care. Far, far too many of our homeless are veterans, and it is sad that the government hasn't done more to help those that protected our country. It is even more sad that Republicans can't get past petty partisan bickering to honor somebody who did stand up for veterans.


At 12:45 AM, October 24, 2004, Blogger ThaLeena said...

Wellstone got his dues when he got a community center named after him. He didn't even buy insurance for his staff, how good of a man was he???? I am a veteran, and Wellstone did nothing for me. Wellstone was no hero. Martin Luther King was a true hero, so name the building after him.

HALF of MINNESOTA did not like (and maybe even hated) that man. If he had overwhelming Minnesotan support, yeah then maybe name it after him. But a divisive political partisan is not a hero--it's called a politician. Wellstone may have fought for some Vets, but he was also known as a flaming liberal who disgraced the name of Minnesota, and he should not be able to disgrace a federal building for an eternity. Why not bronze his bus and put it in Loring park somewhere.

Wellstone is dead, and just as everybody is born, everybody dies. Get over it.

At 9:16 AM, October 29, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cant believe anyone would think of naming the VA after Wellstone. How obsurd is that. I agree with the other commentor that we should name it after someone a little more significant than Wellstone.


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