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Legislative survey doesnt inspire confidence


Fri, Feb 24th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

In todays mail I received a 2006 Legislative Survey from Representative Greg Davids who says he appreciates my opinion. Lets hope he appreciates this.

1.Would you support an effort to use a portion of Minnesotas budget surplus to give property relief to Minnesota residents?

No, Greg! I would support fair property taxation and legislators, such as yourself, spending the money weve already sent you as prudently as you can. Then you wont have to come back year after year and raise the values on our properties all the while claiming youre not raising taxes. Were on to it!

2.Do you support legislation requiring that school districts target 70 percent of their funding to the classroom?

No, they are already confused enough. Cut the red tape, bureaucracy, and 700 metric tons of reports and paperwork the state requires on a daily basis. Then they might have time and money for the classroom.

3.Do you support measures to provide tax credits to assist immigrants toward becoming citizens?

No. Paying taxes is as American as it gets. Like most other Americans, if they want it they have to pay for it. Might as well get used to it right away.

4.Do you support measures to bond (borrow) money or increase taxes to build and maintain roads?

No. You have enough money. Quit spending it on bureaucracy and management and start spending it on what it was intended for. Neither a borrower nor a lender be. Good advice for politicians.

5.The federal Clean Water Act requires Minnesota to improve the surface water quality. Would you approve a water fee on homes and businesses to fund the $80 million state clean up program?

No. Divert the $79 million you currently spend on integration programs for Minnesota schools. This isnt the deep south. If a child lives in the district, he goes to school in the district unless he or she picks up the tab to go elsewhere.

6.Would you vote to limit Minnesotas definition of marriage to only between one man and one woman?

No. Any man who wants more than one wife doesnt need a vote, he needs his head examined. What kind of stupid question is that anyway, and how does interfering in a persons personal business help fix the highways, fund education, or remove Minnesota from the top fi .....
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A sustainable environment is not optional

Fri, Feb 17th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

A sustainable environmental policy is not optional. By definition if it is not sustainable, the earth as we have known it and the human race cannot live with it long term. To assure the survival of our children it is imperative that we realize our pl ..... 
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On second thought...

Fri, Feb 17th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

That was Minnesotas own Senator Norm Coleman watching the Administrations back in Senate hearings two weeks ago when he went after former FEMA head Michael Brown of youre doing a heck of a job Brownie fame.

Brown testified ..... 
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Desperately seeking new leaders

Fri, Feb 3rd, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Soft spoken, sometimes shy Sagittarius, a compassionate Midwestern middle-aged white male with brown hair and blue eyes, reasonably tall 6 1, 180 pounds (okay 190) country boy with city sophistication, a professional family man who likes travel and ..... 
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Eminent domain reform attracts wide range of legislative support

Fri, Jan 27th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Eminent domain has risen to the top of hot political issues being discussed since the Kelo vs. New London decision in 2005. There is much confusion surrounding this issue, and I would like to try to clear the air.

The Kelo vs. N ..... 
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Wandering alone in the communication desert

Fri, Jan 27th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

I have a personal beef with my telephone company, one I presume others in Preston Township might share.

For the past couple of years I have been asking CenturyTel when they will be providing high speed internet services to my r ..... 
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The Wrath of God

Fri, Jan 20th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

I dont care what people are saying uptown or wherever they are. This city will be chocolate at the end of the day, New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin said in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day speech on Tuesday. This city will be a majority African-American c ..... 
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The oldest profession

Fri, Jan 6th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

If we were in Washington, D.C. right now, we could probably hear the swoosh sounds of emails being deleted and the brrrr of faxes and other correspondence being shredded.

Those fat cats we elected are running for cover with the ..... 
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A call for help

Fri, Jan 6th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

At 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 15th Jacob and Sarah Byler looked out their window and saw flames consuming the roof of their farm machinery and furniture making shop. Immediately two of the oldest boys ran barefoot a quarter a mile to the neighbor ..... 
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