Residents of the local area please take notice of the construction projects going on and who is building these projects. Is it a local contractor? If not, why would we as local residents want to patronize these businesses?
Our area is a construction-driven economy at this time. Think of the money we, as local contractors, spend within this area. We are more likely to give back to the local charities, sponsor your son or daughters youth activity or donate some time or money to your favorite organization. Do you see the out of town contractors being recognized for contributions? We have local contractors and subcontractors to handle any project that may come about.
The profit and pay is more than likely going to be spent locally. Just a penny for your thoughts.
Former lawmaker's title says it all
In response to Mr. Gazelka's chest-thumping rally cry for his brand of morality. His words were strictly written to get citizens incensed.
Was your comment about "departure from the Republican Party platform" meant to say that all Republicans that think like you or are our representatives elected to serve all the people in their districts?
You should really think carefully about the bashing and discriminating that you are doing for many of reasons. While Mr. Gazelka dreams of his vision of a perfect family, the rest of us are living in the real world. The real world has a variety of families; some formed intentionally, some formed by circumstances. Mr. Gazelka spouts off about same sex rights, but he also insults every person who is a single parent, lives in a blended family, adoptive and foster children. Your rhetoric that only children raised in homes with both biological Moms and Dads that are married makes a huge portion of the population immoral in your eyes. And lastly, it certainly did not bother you to take a pay check from these "immoral" people when you were an employee of the citizens of the state of Minnesota. I want my tax dollars spent to support loving relationships not hateful rhetoric.
People go to work, come home, and raise their families the best they can. Apparently they did not feel that they should be represented by someone so narrow minded and discriminatory. Life is hard enough without being called names Mr. Gazelka. Everyone deserves to be treated fairly, everyone. Your title in your letter says it all..."Former state representative."
Flawed logic about 'liberal drivel'
In response to the Fort Ripley writer's flawed logic about "liberal drivel" (3/8/07).
There are so many lawsuits pending against the world's largest retailer, I'm beginning to lose count. That' not a successful business model.
The writer may be among the minority in this country that still believes the Iraq War was a good idea. With Bush's approval rating at 35 percent, continuing to blame Bill Clinton for our country's problems is wearing a bit thin. Clinton left office with a 65 percent approval rating. Now the present administration has dumped our Iraq wounded into moldy, roach-infested rooms.
I believe that the United States has the innovation to lead the world in technological advances to not only retain industry, but also keep the planet inhabitable. His "transfer theory" should not affect our country's striving to eliminate dangerous pollution.
The United States has a $60 billion a month trade deficit with our Asian and European competitors. That should be enough to stress even a dedicated conservative.
The U.S. ranks near the bottom of the list of industrial nations for health care. Part of the problem is that America has the highest level of poverty and income inequity among all rich nations, and poverty affects one's health care. If we are to compete in the global economy, we need to offer all our workers decent, affordable health care.
Democrats were swept into office in 2006 because they promised to focus on health care, education, and the environment; and to correct the mistakes that have been made in our country the last six years. The minimum wage has already been raised, helping to lift people out of poverty. There is no "war against the poor" except by the present administration.
That's the trouble with throwing stones from glass houses. Something always breaks.
Ask me about my position on issues
Over the recent days, my office has received dozens of calls criticizing me for supporting a gas tax increase. To set the record straight, I don't know if I support an increase or not. I am still listening - to the opinions of my constituents and to all sides of the issue - before I decide.
What I do know is that our roads and bridges are in terrible shape. They threaten the well-being of our families and the economic livelihood of our district. We travel to work and school on our roads, visitors use them to travel to our lakes, and our businesses depend on them to transport their products. We need to find some way to fix our broken transportation system. Our resources are limited, and it's getting worse every year.
I talked to a few of the people who called my office. From what I can tell, they are receiving unsolicited calls from someone they don't know, telling them I want to raise the gas tax. No Caller ID is available, and no name or number is offered. Please don't consider calls such as these to be the truth without asking questions - first of the caller, and then of me. These calls are nothing more than a political ploy to mislead the residents of District 12A. Remember - they are untrue, uninformed and unfair.
Please remember, the best way to know where I stand on any issue is to ask me. You can call me at (651) 296- 4333 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and fill out my survey. I have been and will continue to be honest about where I stand on the issues.
State Rep. John Ward
Rep. Doty airs pro-life values
As a pro-life state legislator, I have made a commitment to advancing legislation that will benefit all life, from conception to death. I believe that while being pro-life certainly applies to ending abortions, there are other important ways to show leadership on pro-life values.
I believe the most effective thing we can do to reduce abortions is help prevent unwanted pregnancies. This week, a Family Planning bill I co-authored is being heard in the Health and Human Services Committee. This legislation will expand family planning services to residents in our state and increase the reimbursement rates to facilities that provide these services. Clearly stated in the intent of the bill are the words "prevent abortions".
I have also offered legislation for crisis nurseries for children who are abused or neglected, a bill to offer health care coverage to every child in Minnesota, a funding bill for Early Childhood Family Education and Head Start, and other legislation to benefit seniors and the disabled.
If we truly want a culture of life in Minnesota we have to consider the lives of all of our citizens, at all stages, and deal with health care costs, good education, property taxes and other issues. As your state representative, I will continue to provide leadership for a true pro-life agenda. I hope you share my belief that by working for legislation such as this, I am helping to advance pro-life and pro-family values. I also hope you'll share my belief that working together in a positive manner is the right way to accomplish our goals.
State Representative District 12B
Importance of true marital love
Like many modern people, a recent letter writer advocating the use of birth control to alleviate global warming appears to know very little about why those who hold traditional religious views are opposed to artificial contraception.
The reason for opposing artificial contraception is much more profound than a mindless following of the commandment "go forth and multiply." What is at the root of opposition to artificial contraception (as opposed to natural family planning, which is a morally acceptable manner in which to limit the number of children born to a couple) is the very nature and purpose of the sexual act, as well as the innate language of marital love.
True marital love is supposed to be a total reciprocal self-giving between husband and wife. Artificial contraception contradicts that total self-giving by closing the sex act off to its primary purpose, which is procreation. Using artificial contraception turns the inner truth of conjugal love, which is that each spouse should give totally of oneself, into a lie.
By using artificial contraception, spouses essentially say to each other, I love you enough to pleasure myself with your body, but not enough to have a child with you. How very romantic! Is it any wonder that the divorce rate skyrocketed following the widespread use of contraception?
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