A new form of Republicanism is spreading across the country and in Minnesota as well: the ultraconservative, no-saying-to-anything-progressive, only-protecting-their-upper-income-wealth, and get-elected-and-re-elected-at-any-price type of GOP or Independent Republican.
Norm Coleman tried switched from Democrat to Republican, thinking he could fool the people. Now he needs to put on his big-boy pants and get over it! Fortunately, most citizens will remember what he cost Minnesota and will never vote for him again even if he was at one time hand-picked by the White House Bushies.
Tim Pawlenty is the ultimate No-sayer - he is only trying to further a political career nationally for himself and his wife - also a lawyer. His goal is to parade as the do-gooder governor with policies that threaten all health care, hospitals, nursing homes, education, and other infrastructure. He hates public employees, especially teachers. Instead, he would sooner say yes to more fees than say yes to progressive (fair) revenue enhancement that his rich constituents would have to pay to support this economy, one they have reaped the benefits from. In short, he can't stand the word taxes - would rather use fees.
The result of the phony actions of such Republicans is that they are losing ground (nationally only 21 percent dare to claim to be Republicans), and more of them will be bounced out of office in the state Senate-like Koering, governor's office (Pawlenty and his successors), state House representatives like Seifert, and one of the worst examples of such Republicanism- Rep. Michelle Bachman in the Congress.
We wish the election for more change were tomorrow.
Fritz and Judy Bertelt
Bike or walk to work
May is National Bike Month. The week of May 11-15 has been designated as National Bike/Walk to Work Week and Friday, May 15 is Bike/Walk to Work Day.
Improve your health, reduce pollution, save money and have fun! If you live too far to bike or walk all the way, do part of it. Find co-workers who live near you and bike/walk as a group. Bicycle commuters and walkers are healthier and more alert at work. Biking and walking to work is a great way to squeeze regular exercise into your schedule. Ride at an easy pace and in a few months you will be in great shape.
Get into the habit of biking or walking for errands close to home or work. Trips under three miles can be quicker by bike. There are many types of racks and bags for transporting your purchases. Regular walking/biking will improve your heart, lungs and blood vessels in just a few weeks and is a great way to lose weight.
So get your bicycle and walking shoes ready. Better health and a brighter outlook can be yours with a minimum of effort. Give it a try!
For more information about bicycle commuting check out bikeleague.org.
Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota
MnDOT Region 3 representative to the Non-Motorized Transportation Advisory Council
Vox Pop in church bulletins?
We appreciate getting the Dispatch and really feel that our community would be a far poorer place to live without it. The Letters to the Editor section gives us all a chance to add to the knowledge of the paper and take ownership for our part in it too. The Vox Pop section is just as valuable as the rest of the paper.
The paper competes constantly with all kinds of media that are seeking our attention and ultimately our advertising dollar. It does not seem possible that they would have anything to worry about. Very recent news has been about the numbers of same-sex couples heading to Iowa to become married. It used to be, the purpose of marriage was to have children. Any two adults should be allowed to form a legal contract to live together. What is required to make a viable marriage is a changing concept in our minds, and so what, in the future, what might make a viable paper changes too.
Recent news articles have indicated major changes in attendance numbers at some of the leading churches in our culture. Most churches get caught up in the bigger is better syndrome when it comes to buildings for schools and churches. And like the public schools does not necessarily lead to a more rounded capable student. Churches should never compromise on the basic beliefs of Christianity; but some form of letter to the editor, safe-guarded with Vox Pop might do wonders in their weekly bulletins!
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