I am so disappointed with our governor.
He refuses to talk to the state employees.
He refuses to talk to the media.
He refused to talk to most legislators.
We teach conflict resolution in our schools.
He certainly missed that class.
He is getting a 16 percent raise over the next four years.
The lieutenant governor is getting 34.7 percent raise over next four years.
The attorney general is getting 37.6 percent raise over four years.
The auditor is getting 56.6 percent raise over four years.
The secretary of state is getting 51.3 percent raise over four years.
The judges and justices are getting 26.4 percent raise over four years.
He goes to New York to shake hands with Union workers but can't look us in the face.
Minnesota is 29th in population of the 50 states, yet we are sixth from the bottom in the number of State employees.
Maybe Mr. Ventura needs to find another state to govern -- where he will be comfortable talking to folks -- then he won't have to worry about "Sour Grapes."
This is in response to the recent Open Forum. I am just one of the "goldbrickers" he calls the state employees. I wish he could have seen me goldbricking when I was down at Buckman Corner in 60-degree-below windchills, trying to get a frozen up snowplow truck running or on 371 South in 40-degree-below windchills, repairing a motor grader with a blown hydraulic hose. I had a hard time seeing much less repairing it. A snowplow lost one set of rear duals that we repaired at night in a snowstorm on 27 west of Pierz. Another time a truck in Long Prairie with the same problem needed repairs on a Sunday morning in a snowstorm. Or there was the mowing tractor in a ditch bottom with the front wheel busted off and buried in the ground. The list can go on if needed.
These are all jobs that needed to be done. This is one phase of my job. I accept this as part of my employment. We have eight mechanics taking care of 500-plus pieces of equipment. We also do preventive maintenance and commercial vehicle inspections and get our equipment as ready as we can for winter. In our other jobs, we fabricate and build special needs equipment. This is not intended to be self serving, but when a person calls us goldbrickers he doesn't know what he is talking about. We do Minnesota's work and we get the job done.
Now that the holidays are drawing near and many groups are requesting funding from the organizations with gaming, please consider the timing and the validity of the requests. As the chair of the Nisswa American Legion Donation Committee I wish to avoid any situation that the requesting party demands immediate payment. A bit of preplanning would benefit all concerned.
The Nisswa Legion installed a screening committee about 15 years ago. This helped eliminate marathon General Meetings and prevented "axe grinders" from attempting to push through pet causes. There are some situations where we need more data and to check the eligibility of the cause. Our committee has been meeting on the first Monday of the month which gives us time to collect needed data for our General Meeting on the third Tuesday. The committee then brings the recommendations to the General Meeting. Before any money can be given, it must be approved and in the minutes of the General Meeting.
Each organization with gaming funds has their own policy but must adhere to state regulations. Before making a request please check with someone from that organization as to what must be done and by when. Also please do not be angry if your request is turned down. Maybe the donating organization felt that an item for the law enforcement was needed more than feed for your pet horse.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Scott Mike Thurlow
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