I am writing in regard to how fallsradio.com reported the Little Falls School Board write-in election dispute.
On Nov. 11, 2010, they stated that Todd Kosovich, Little Falls School Board write-in candidate, was going to dispute the election results. Fallsradio.com also reported that Cathy Adamek, another write-in candidate, won the election, but worked as an election judge during the Election Day, and violated the election laws. What fallsradio.com did not do, however, was allow Mrs. Adamek to defend herself regarding these allegations. It was also reported that Rod Grams, owner of fallsradio.com, was offered an interim position with GOP Rep.-elect Chip Cravaack in the Brainerd Dispatch newspaper.
As far as I am concerned, this radio station violated quite a few rules and regulations not only when reporting the news, but profiting at someone else's expense, especially when Mrs. Adamek has done an awesome job when working with the Minnesota Democratic Caucus.
I used to be proud to tell people that I am from this community. I used to enjoy listening to the programs from this radio station that is broadcast from my hometown. But now, thanks to their affiliation with the GOP, and to their ownership of the radio station, and their sponsorship of reporting stories regarding the defamation of character of people in the community, I will no longer be able to do that. As far as I am concerned, I am holding the GOP caucus accountable for hiding through a masquerade when reporting the news.
No place for secret money
The League of Women voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government. The LWV has many men as members.
The LWV reported, Nov. 17, RE: "Special Interests":
"In this year's election, secret money ran rampant. Corporations and unions were able to spend unlimited amounts, without having to disclose their expenditures, to support or oppose candidates.
If we're going to scrub our democracy clean with a strong dose of transparency that eliminates this kind of spending in our elections then we need action before Congress quits for 2010. There is a small window of time for Congress to pass the Disclose Act in its "lame duck" session that ends in just a few weeks. The Disclose act would empower voters, by forcing groups bankrolled by anonymous donors, to disclose the source of their funding and their political spending. Take action to send a critically important message to your Senators."
The defeat of Congressman Jim Oberstar is seen as a crushing blow to the future of transportation in America and the jobs high-speed rail would create.
We need urgent legislation to restrict corporate power to buy elections with unlimited funds from anonymous donors. Attack ads full of lies should be illegal. Secret money has no place in democracy.
The New York Times reported there was supposed to be a bipartisan summit at the White House Thursday, but only the Democrats showed up. The Republican leadership in the House and Senate somehow couldn't find any time in their schedules to meet with the President of the United States. So the meeting was pushed back until Nov. 30. If this is what cooperation and mutual respect is going to look like over the next two years, then settle in for more trench warfare and less progress.
Brainerd Dispatch ©2013. All Rights Reserved.