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Ropes' Letter To the Editor,


Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

The week following Election Day has given me quiet days to reflect. My campaign for the District #31 Minnesota Senate seat has been an exceptionally positive life experience for me. I am deeply grateful to each of you. The lessons you have taught me were powerful and the regional needs so great that we must not give up. I will not forget the personal stories you've told me at your doorsteps, in your churches and at your community meetings.

More than ever, I am committed to serving the working families and seniors of our tri-county area in an effective capacity. I will continue my service on the Attorney General's Task Force on Consumer Rights and Health Care. And, I will voice your concerns about improving our quality of life in rural Minnesota in whichever leadership roles I may have.

With the election behind us, I feel encouraged by the thousands of you who supported the issues of affordable health care for all, strong schools, clean environment and rural economic growth. We must continue to speak out for farmers who are being squeezed out, for senior citizens paying outrageous prescription costs, for rural schools forced into unfair cuts, for small businesses struggling to compete, for nursing homes suffering a staffing shortage, and for families who see hundreds of dollars each month drained from their budgets due to out of control insurance rates.

Looking over our Senate district voting results, you can be assured that your voices were heard! With almost 30,000 district votes cast, a mere 1800 votes separated the incumbent and me. My hope is that the current Senator will include the concerns of all district voters in his future policy decisions, and not exclude the nearly half who voted for his challenger. I genuinely wish him well for the next session, the four years ahead will be difficult ones.

It was very satisfying to me that our Senate race was characterized by civility and issues-focused campaigning on both sides. I have personally thanked him, and I'd also like to thank his supporters across the district for conducting an honorable race. My team did awesome work, and I am so proud of them!

Now it is time to work together to solve problems with fairness and multi-partisan consensus building. I would also encourage each one of us to stay in touch with our elected officials as they make decisions about our daily lives.
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Gutknecht's Letter To the Editor,

Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Permit me to express my sincere thanks for the vote of confidence last Tuesday by the good folks of the First District.

Our nation faces many challenges. I will apply my best judgment and continue to vote my conscience.[Read the Rest]

Bremer's Letter To the Editor,

Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Caring for a relative or friend with Alzheimer's disease is a difficult task and can require an enormous amount of patience. As the number of older adults who suffer from Alzheimer's disease increases and more individuals remain at home with the illn ..... 
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O'Connor's Letter To the Editor,

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Congratulations Lanesboro Voters!

The citizens of Lanesboro should be proud of the community's results during the 2002 election campaign. First, voters had several choices for Mayor and City Council positions. Second, a very suc ..... 
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Noble's Letter To the Editor,

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Family farmers in Minnesota and throughout the nation lost a champion of economic justice in rural America when Senator Paul Wellstone was killed in a tragic airplane crash on October 25th.

Paul Wellstone gladly waded into the f ..... 
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Handmacher's Letter To the Editor,

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

I think I may be eligible for a refund! For what, let me explain. I recently gave my annual donation to the Lanesboro Community Chest a fine organization. But a letter to the editor in last week's Journal now has me concerned that perhaps I am not pa ..... 
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Gudmundson's Letter To the Editor,

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

I was very troubled by an editorial a few issues back about a possible war with Iraq. It invoked up the specter of Vietnam as if our experience there ought to be rationale for not confronting Iraq and its murderous regime.

I can ..... 
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Preston Ambulance Service Letter to the Editor,

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Thank you Greg Davids for supporting the rural ambulance services and the following accomplishments:

•Co-author and one of the key advocates for the legislation that created the Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board i ..... 
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Colbenson's Letter to the Editor

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

The concerned people of the district spoke last spring and sent a strong message. Now let's get behind these candidates and vote for Chuck Eidenschink, David Boe, and Jon Peterson. These candidates are concerned about the future of the R-P Schools. < ..... 
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