During a holiday week as well as a big race weekend, it never ceases to amaze me the volume of traffic we see fluctuate to our area. On a given weekend we see people from all over coming to Crow Wing County for our area's beauty, our lakes and for our welcoming people.
With all that said, it is truly remarkable to see so few problems as far as law enforcement goes. Certainly our volume of calls go up, however, our citizens are aware of the things they should avoid and work a day around just that. To our wonderful citizens of this great county ... thank you for your patience and certainly for your diligence in making this the greatest place to serve as your sheriff, to live and to visit as well.
Sheriff Todd Dahl
Crow Wing County Sheriff
The pot is boiling over
The threats and violent responses some members of Congress witnessed last week, as they went out to discuss health care, is just a warning sign. I for one don't believe frustrations with health care and the proposed legislation brought all this on. The pot has been simmering for a long, long, time and this is just the first signs of it boiling over. They're just plain fed up with the government. Period. For years people have been saying when is this all going to come to a head. When are we going to say to government - enough?
One senator exclaimed, Why are you doing this. I don't understand.
I'll tell you why senator. The reason they're doing this is they are fed up with government that represents best the people who fill your campaign coffers. For some silly reason they want you to represent them, you're constituents, and not some lobbyist. They are also fed up with the half-truths they have been getting - and that's not just in health care. They are also frustrated with the never-ending government programs, when the government is broke. Yes, senators and representatives. You have no money!
Your credibility - members of congress - is hitting new lows each and everyday. Skepticism is being replaced with cynicism and that's scary. Maybe all of you should get out of the hallowed halls of Washington for a few weeks and meet with people, and not just some hand-picked few from your party. The time to ask people about what they wanted in health care was before you pounded out a bill a foot thick. You're getting just a taste of the people's frustrations right now. Keep up business as usual and I am sure you'll get a much better picture painted for you.
Our best days are behind us
Some public opinion surveys report that Americans believe that this country's best days are behind us. This is true! Why?
A representative, the dictionary defines, is a person designated to act on behalf of somebody Those are voters who elected that person
What is lost is that these representatives, the President, and the House and Senate members, increasingly do not represent the opinions of the majority of persons who elected them. Just recently, two of these persons openly stated that he:
1) Didn't have the time to read an 1,100 page bill that he was to vote on. How can you vote for or against something you haven't read. This is not performing the job being paid to perform, and in any other position you would be fired.
2) Didn't care if sentiment in his district was 99 to 1 against (the healthcare proposal.) He would vote for it anyway because he agrees with it. That is not representation, and is contrary to his job description: to represent constituents.
Similar examples include earmarks, following lobbyist wishes, tax evasion and avoidance without punishment protected by their party, and criticism of constituents so fed up that they loudly protest (when that party's supporters do the same and worse without criticism.)
Our country's best days are behind us, and we need to return to days when elected officials did the job they were elected to. We need to insist on proper representation, proper conduct, proper attention to the job the person is being paid for, and to protest when they place themselves above the public they serve. This is just as true of Republicans as Democrats.
If we return to those better days in regard to our elected officials, we will have a brighter future.
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