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Letter about Cronyism...


Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

Letter about Cronyism...

To the Editor,

If you are a crony in Houston County, you are in hog heaven. Cronies rise to the top here like oil and fat and dead bodies.

Cronyism commonly flourishes in governmental settings due to no bottom lines, or boards of directors, or the like to answer to. But cronies are generally mere beneficiaries from the powers that be. Here, they are the power; ever present, and deeply entrenched. There is never a question as to the outcome of any motion that comes down to either what is good for the county or what is good for the cronies.

The fact is that the majority of Houston County residents don’t want to pay higher taxes year after year after year. They don’t want to build monuments in the form of government buildings. They don’t want an environmental nightmare shoved down their throats. And they really don’t want a controlling majority in county government having no more concern for the majority in their hold than three sprung bear traps.

Forming and then disbanding a citizen based study committee on the most important issue this county has ever faced and then replacing it with cronies is blatant waste and insult. Ignoring, and then practically eliminating public input is blatant waste and insult. Giving a raise in pay to a county attorney who engages in, and thus tacitly endorses, a secretive, woefully skewed, and unintended appointment process is blatant waste and insult. It appears we can expect no pillar of ethics or moral compass from that department.

All this notwithstanding, kudos are in order to Justin Zmyewski, Dana Kjome, and a lot of selfless others for exerting the binders on what would otherwise by now be a complete runaway train wreck.

Kent Holen

Houston, MN

Letter about SP/5 Kevin Kelleher’s rebuttal...

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Letter to the Editor

Letter about SP/5 Kevin Kelleher’s rebuttal... To the Editor, I would like to follow up SP/5 Kevin Kelleher’s excellent rebuttal to Col. Stan Gudmundson’s curious right wing extremist’s version of history and visceral hatred of our great p ..... 
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Letter about Stan Gudmundson commentary...

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

Letter about Stan Gudmundson commentary... To the Editor, In his article, “Lessons and requirements needed to defeat radical Islamic threat”, Col. Stan Gudmundson has touched on some valid points from a tactical point of view but has left out ..... 
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Letter about Greg Davids has supported broadband...

By David Bau

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Last Friday, I had the pleasure of co-hosting a town hall meeting with your State Representative, Greg Davids, to discuss broadband expansion in Spring Valley. I’d like to thank the city of Spring Valley, local telecom officials, a ..... 
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Letter about No matter how bad you think it is, it is worse...

By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Even those of us who are cynical about Houston County government were appalled by the actions of Judy Storlie, Steve Schuldt, and Teresa Walter at the board meeting on Dec. 22. Just two years ago, the County Board voted unanimousl ..... 
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Letter about Greg Davids has supported broadband...

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

Letter about Greg Davids has supported broadband... To the Editor, Color me unsurprised that DFL activist (and husband to a former Minnesota House candidate who was trounced by Greg Davids in the general election) Frank Wright criticizes our state ..... 
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Letter about Upcoming broadband listening session...

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

Letter about Upcoming broadband listening session... To the Editor, Rep. Greg Davids has announced a listening session about rural broadband internet service at 1 p.m. on Friday Dec. 18 at the Spring Valley Community Center. He has even invited an ..... 
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Ask the Expert 11.30.15 - How much money should a business spend on advertising to attract customers?

Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

Fillmore County Journal Jason Sethre Roughly 3% of the Gross Domestic Product is spent on advertising every year. So, if we take those macro numbers down to a micro level for the sake of any individual business in our region, that means that any ..... 
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Letter about Health Care: Get what you paid for?...

Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Letter to the Editor

Letter about Health Care: Get what you paid for?... To the Editor, It is often said that you get what you pay for. When you are buying equipment, this generally falls true, a purchasing decision that can be considered against your cash flow, profi ..... 
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