As we watch the politicians and their interest groups continually attack other politicians, liberal, conservative or independent with outrageous, slanderous dribble I am reminded of two quotes by Lee Atwater. For those of you who dont remember who Mr. Atwater was, he was a 1980s political operative who was one of the most biting, ruthless operatives to ever come upon the American political scene.
My illness helped me see that what was missing in society is what is missing in me: a little heart, a lot of brotherhood. The 80s were about acquiring - acquiring wealth, power, prestige. I know. I acquired more wealth, power, and prestige than most. But you can acquire all you want and still feel empty. What power wouldnt I trade for a little more time with my family? What price wouldnt I pay for an evening with friends? It took a deadly illness to put me eye to eye with that truth, but it is a truth that the country, caught up in ruthless ambitions and moral decay, can learn on my dime. I dont know who will lead us through the 90s, but they must be made to speak to the spiritual vacuum at the heart of American society, this tumor of the soul. - Lee Atwater 1991.
I was wrong to follow the meanness of conservatism. I should have been trying to help people instead of take advantage of them. I dont hate anyone anymore. For the first time in my life I dont hate somebody. I have nothing but good feelings toward people. Ive found Jesus Christ - Its that simple. Hes made a difference. - Lee Atwater 1991.
Maybe we Americans should elect people with positive messages and hate toward no one.
Henry J. Padgett
Vote for Democrats
Comparing the 2008 voters guide sent out by the Minnesota Family Institute with other information sources, I find that the Democrats have the best future ideas, the best family attitudes, and the most balanced approaches to solve problems. Thus, I will be voting a straight Democratic ticket on Nov. 4.
M. Fritz Bertelt
Legacy Amendment is a sham
The Legacy Amendment might have the proper moniker after all.
Because this sham will, if passed, be around to haunt us for 25 years, if not forever, given the history of all previous tax hikes.
General taxes, then the State Lottery proceeds, were to fund what we are now being asked to pay for again. Our Legislature drained all that cash (hence the term budget deficit.)
Now they want another $11 billion for some as yet undefined vision of environmental protection and arts.
Without taxpayer oversight. What does that mean? $11 billion of our dollars spent without our approval or intervention for a minimum of 25 years.
Proponents are fond of calling it an investment. But would you invest long-term without well defined goals and measurements in place first? I doubt it.
TONY BAUER is campaign manager for David Allan Pundt, a candidate for Minnesota House District 12A.
Vote for McCain
Press reports that Obamas campaign has given over $ 800,000 to ACORN Organization. One person in Ohio testified he registered 176 times through ACORN. The FBI is investigating ACORN for possible voter fraud. Vote for Sen. McCain he stands for integrity,leadership, country first not class warfare.
Re-elect John Ward
Im writing to let 12A voters know what an effective, honest, hardworking legislator they elected when they sent John Ward to St. Paul. The energy he shows is real, and it comes from a true passion to do whats right for his district and his state. Re-elect John Ward.
Rep. Al Doty
Thoughts on leadership
A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
Which presidential candidate fits this character in his life? We have two candidates that even their V.P. choices show this quality. One chose a V.P. to mentor and the other to be mentored by. I hope people weigh all this in the big picture because what were going through now will pass. Protecting America will never go away. We need a long term leader. One whose been truly tested. Make your choice well. Well have four years of triumph or remorse. Live with God. Keep blessing America. Amen.
Stephen L. Heinecke
LeMieur will help rural schools
I support Mike LeMieur for District 12B. Mike has creative ideas on helping better our education system and leveling the playing field between the rural and metro school districts. As a parent of three small children, he is determined to make our rural schools competitive. Vote LeMieur on Nov. 4.
Welfare spending myths
Im tired of Republicans distorting the welfare spending issue. Lets look at the truth instead. Lets look first at that irresponsible claim that we could balance our state deficit by cutting human services or welfare. The ads and speeches of many of their candidates follow that old party line.
Consider this: 79 percent of the HHS budget goes to nursing homes, health care, and people with disabilities.
Less than one percent of the overall HHS budget goes for welfare. If we completely eliminated welfare spending (a lot more kids would be in poverty) it would provide only a 0.6 percent increase in K-12 education. In reality, theres no possible way for those Republican claims to do any more than play on our emotions at election time. Using those in nursing homes, those who need health care and our disabled for cheap partisan politics is repulsive enough; now we see that it wouldnt even make economic sense. Its time to expose their tactics for what they are; cheap campaign tricks.
Even so, no one wants to waste any of our tax dollars, so lets look at an example of a real waste in the welfare system. A new program passed by the DFL during the 2007 legislative session increased work participation rates in order to qualify for welfare in Minnesota. However, because the Pawlenty administrations Department of Human Services delayed implementing the new program, the forecast shows Minnesota will lose $12 million in federal funds during the fiscal 2010-2011 biennium. Thats from the Minnesota Department of Finance, Non-general funds, Nov. 2007 forecast, page 3. (Nov. 30, 2007).
So...the real truth is you cant balance the budget by cutting welfare, and Rep. Gov. Pawlenty increased Minnesota welfare costs. Thought youd like to know at campaign time.
Vote no on amendment
If the proposed amendment to increase the states sales tax passes, it would take another ballot question down the road to reduce or eliminate it. As a farmer, I am in favor of protecting our water and wildlife but this is not the right way to do it. Vote no.
A new kind of leader
Mike LeMieur believes in our area. He understands that metro solutions do not always work for central Minnesota values or economy. Mike is a new kind of leader. He listens and cares about how government serves us. Hes willing to press for new solutions. Im voting for Mike LeMieur.
Vote for the right people
Every election is important. This one is very important! If you vote for the wrong people we could move much closer to becoming a true dictatorship. Last Aug. 19, 2008, the Brainerd Dispatch printed a story on the Crosby school board that stated our Minnesota Legislature passed a bill in May giving the Crosby school board the ability to levy post employment benefits (extra tax) on the people without a referendum. This was kept quiet for three months. I bring this up because District Rep. John Ward has stated on Mary Koeps radio program and the Dispatch newspaper that he would co-author or sponsor a bill to keep the people from voting on school referendums. This is one of very few rights we have left. Our county board denied our right to vote on the ugly Laurel Street complex. The city council denies your right to vote on many important issues. One by one the peoples rights are being taken away by those we put in office to represent the majority. Now, in his debates John Ward states he has co-authored a bill, No. 4178, on school issues but wont say what it contains.
Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or an Independent Party member please vote Nov. 4.
Praying to end abortion
There is something very important gong on in Walker, in a little white tent on the Cass County Courthouse grounds. It is called 40 Days For Life. Many are coming 24/7 to pray for an end to abortion. As people of God we need to stand up for life and for the most vulnerable, the unborn babies. People are coming together for pray for an end to greatest evil of our times, the slaughtering of innocent unborn children, as well as those who perpetrate this greatest of evils. Prayer and forgiveness are so very important and we pray for all. Come join us - everyone is welcome. Any questions contact Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put Ward and Doty back to work
I just wanted to encourage people to vote for John Ward. John is a hard-working, honest man and will make us all proud in St. Paul. He and Al Doty make a good team, lets get both of them back in there to work for all of us.
Ward will work for you
John Ward deserves re-election. John is hard working, experienced, and a caring person with people skills allowing him to be effective across parties in St. Paul. When you need help, John will work for you. He truly cares about all people, not just contributors or his party. Vote for Ward!
LeMieur know what it takes
Mike LeMieur is the right candidate for our district. He understands that this area needs small businesses to survive. As an owner of a small business himself, he will bring his experience to St. Paul. Mike understands what it takes to create and keep jobs in our rural area.
Ward is honest, caring
It is not often we have the opportunity to elect a candidate with the passion and work ethic of John Ward. We have known John for several years and could not find a more honest, caring person. His outstanding communication skills get results in St. Paul.
Mike and Ruth Zauhar
Dont be undecided
On our money it says, In God We Trust. Who did more for Gods world to be preached freely than John McCain? I was a soldier and so was he. Dont be an undecided voter anymore.
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