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Why I am a Democrat


Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Jon Pieper

There is one question I am frequently asked. Why are you running for the Minnesota House as a Democrat?

The answer is very simple. I want to be part of a forward looking political party that works to improve the quality of life of the people of Fillmore and Houston counties. This is a stark contrast to the alternative political party that wants to look to the past and dismantle current legislation.

Let me talk about a couple of current issues.

Our privilege to vote is sacred. Minnesota has one of the highest voter participation rates and lowest voter fraud rates in the country. The Republicans say let’s make it more difficult and costly to vote by requiring photo identification. Why break something that is already working.

Everybody deserves a quality education. The Republicans saw education as a way to balance the state budget when they controlled the legislature. The Republicans borrowed $1,300,000,000 (One billion three hundred million dollars) from our schools with no plan to repay the money. When Democrats gained control of the legislature, they promptly repaid the schools, raised per pupil funding and funded all day kindergarten for all of Minnesota. Why disadvantage the children of our state? Let’s give them every advantage we can.

Everybody needs and deserves health insurance. The MNsure exchange is now up and running with over 250,000 families enrolled. Yes, the original website was a dismal failure. But when those problems were discovered, we see the difference between the two parties. The Republicans called for dismantling MNsure. Democrats decided to do something positive. Health care advocates were sent into our communities to help our friends and families sign up for healthcare. They met with people in community centers, American Legion Halls and schools. Again, the Republicans want to dismantle something that is working.

Let’s continue to improve the lives of Minnesotans. Please join me moving forward. Together, we can do better.

Why government fails, and what we should do about it

By Lee Hamilton

Thu, Aug 7th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

As election season approaches, I’ve been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society. It’s that our government often fails — and that we need to address this. What’s odd is that while the frequent failures in govern ..... 
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Bullying in politics

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
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By Stan Gudmundson There has been a huge fuss about bullying in schools but people seldom are concerned about other menacing bullies. Bullying is a tactic often used by people holding “certain” political views. Though liberals tell us they a ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Keeping Houston County citizens informed and involved

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
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By Justin Zmyewski Houston Commissioner District #2 “The Big Picture in the Short Term” when looking at the construction of a new Houston County Highway Shop should have the following facts considered: FACT: Houston County had a 3.52 percent ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Running for office

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
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We’ve seen quite a bit of controversy revolving around some of our locally elected officials. Recently, in the past few months, we’ve seen a mayor get voted out of office by a city council exercising a collective vote of no confidence. This de ..... 
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Voting...

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
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To the Editor, Like most in my generation, I am reluctant to engage myself in the political process. In this era of big money interests and emotionally-charged rhetoric, it’s incredibly difficult to find a candidate that I can actually trust as a ..... 
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SMIF grant deadline approaching

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
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By Tim Penny Each year, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) awards approximately $1 million in grants to schools, communities, and nonprofits in order to strengthen early childhood programming and economic development efforts throughout ..... 
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The environment is the defining issue of our time!

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
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Thank you Karen Reisner for your comprehensive article, “Pay it Forward.” The word that jumps out at me is “responsibility.” We have been entrusted with the care of this planet. Sometimes I’m tempted to believe in providence, that the ta ..... 
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Guest commentary on Rushford-Peterson School facilities

By Brett Kues

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
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So here we are having a beautiful summer in southern Minnesota and facing another referendum in the fall. It’s only late-July and the community is already polarizing and lines are being drawn. People are coming out and making cases for and again ..... 
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