A Kinship mentor
I have had the opportunity to be a Kinship mentor for the last seven years.
At first I was reluctant to take on an additional time commitment in my busy life, but decided to do so just to see if it would work out. The relationship I have developed with my Kinship partner has provided me with a multitude of positive experiences. It has been easy to do, and a lot of fun.
I believe there are many caring people who could have an experience similar to mine. It’s easy to do, and good for the health of our community. Just call the Kinship office for more information.
We are hearing a lot of class warfare rhetoric by the president and members of his administration as they have campaigned to raise taxes. The president and his staff are also practicing class warfare:
1. The president instituting a pay raise for federal employees while raising the payroll tax deduction on low and middle-income workers, thus shrinking their paychecks.
2. With record high unemployment, job losses and businesses struggling, the president spends $7 million of tax money on a vacation in Hawaii.
3. While instituting life-long Secret Service protection for himself, commanding the vice president to meet with advisers and formulate federal restrictions on firearms and self-defense equipment for law-abiding citizens.
Bow down Americans. Can you say, “King Obama?”
Defends DFL ag
Every two years voters go to the polls to elect 134 members to the Minnesota House of Representatives. The outcome of each election cycle determines which party has the majority of members, Leadership responsibilities, and determination of priorities. This most recent election changed the majority of the Minnesota House when DFL members took control with 72 members.
Optimism, cooperation, bipartisanship and working together are all words and phrases that describe my hoped-for experience in the 2013-14 legislative session. They exemplify a commitment to carry out the message voters delivered to us to end political games and partisan bickering. Constituents expect political leaders to work together in a serious and focused manner to find common ground and make responsible decisions.
That is why I was disappointed to read my colleague Rep. Rod Hamilton’s letter in this newspaper attacking specific DFL legislators over the issue of how the Agriculture Committees are structured and accusing DFLers of not representing our rural districts. The session is barely a week old, yet Rep. Hamilton would rather fan political flames than join together in working productively on important agriculture issues.
Traditionally, we have successfully advanced agriculture issues in the Legislature in a bipartisan fashion.
For example, in 2011 the agriculture budget was the only finance bill we passed with broad bipartisan support before the state shutdown. Rep. Hamilton’s negative tone is not the right approach. As chair of the Agriculture Policy Committee, I believe that we will present a stronger voice for rural Minnesota by working together as both Democrats and Republicans.
Challenging the advocacy skills or commitment of rural members just because they are DFLers and now are the majority caucus of the Minnesota House is not helpful in getting to the outcome we all desire.
The election is over and real work is before us. I urge Rep. Hamilton and his fellow Republicans to mend fences, not build walls.
Rep. Jeanne Poppe (DFL)
House Agriculture Policy Chair