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Michel's Letter To the Editor,


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

Election time for me is usually a time to complain about campaign ads and simply vote for candidates I like, or dislike the least. Not this year! Tim Penny is running for Governor, and I know about this man because my son, David Smutny, worked in Tim's congressional office in Washington as a college intern in the summer of 1986. Dave was awed by Tim's work ethic and tireless personal drive to do what was right for the people of Minnesota. Dave told us that no matter how early he arrived at work, Tim was either already there working, or was hosting a breakfast meeting of members from both political parties to try to reach consensus on some legislation before the House of Representatives. Likewise, Tim would invariably still be there working into the evening after his staff left. He worked hard for the people of the 1st District of Minnesota, but also for everyone, by trying to balance the budget and reduce the deficit. He worked tirelessly for education, agriculture and social justice. He returned unused dollars he received to run his office and refused his pension because he thought it only encouraged people to stay in Congress too long. The 2002 legislative session here in Minnesota was a mess! Most people didn't want the tax rebates, and now we've got a huge deficit. When Dave's father and I finished school in 1964 we chose to stay in Minnesota because the "quality of life" was so good. Taxes were higher here than in most other states, but education, social programs, and cultural life were better and that was important to us. Now our education and social welfare programs are suffering, and the arts (which are proven brain-builders for kids) have been cut to the bone. Transportation in the Twin Cities must improve, but we in rural Minnesota need road improvements, too. Who's going to create priorities and gather leaders together to make our state great again? Several years ago, my son predicted -perhaps "hoped" is a better word -- that Tim Penny would run for Governor in Minnesota when the time was right. It's right now! We helped elect Tim to Congress by margins as large as 78% for 6 terms. Remember those days, and give him your vote, because we need his ability to compromise and his honesty and integrity now!

Paula Smutny Michel

Harmony, MN

Murphy's Letter To the Editor,

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

We have an opportunity to elect someone to the legislature with the type of experience to really serve our area (House District 31B) well. He's Al Hein. Al is a small business person and a grain farmer. He's milked cows and raised beef and hogs.[Read the Rest]

Baker's Letter To the Editor,

Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

I recently received a campaign brochure from State Representative Greg Davids and I was pleased to see the diverse groups of people backing his re-election

It's individuals who go into the voting booth and "pull the lever," but ..... 
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Biel's Letter To the Editor,

Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

As a dairy farmer, I was glad to hear that Sharon Ropes was endorsed by the Minnesota Farmers Union. I know that she will make an outstanding State Senator. She came out to visit our dairy farm and several other farms around Preston and Harmony. Many ..... 
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Borgen's Letter To the Editor,

Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

We are so fortunate in Lanesboro to have Carla Noack running for Mayor. Her qualifications are outstanding and she is willing to give of her time to the position. We need unity and Carla has the skills to do that and she would make a great ambassador ..... 
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Erding's Letter To the Editor,

Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

My heart goes out to the Canton family being victimized by Fillmore County Zoning. It is very discouraging to know that rights which have been purchased by patriotic blood, guaranteed in the Constitution, and affirmed in numerous court cases are stil ..... 
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Erickson's Letter To the Editor,

Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

We are a county that depends heavily on agriculture as an industry, and in talking to our farming neighbors with the issues they face, it would seem that they should be represented at the state level by someone who understands these challenges. Al He ..... 
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Hein's Letter To the Editor,

Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

I'd like to ask my opponent Greg Davids, "Greg, whose bus do you ride on--Houston and Fillmore Counties' or the Twin Cities' suburban bus?"

In 1999 I testified in St. Paul three times on property tax relief--for Rep. Michelle Ri ..... 
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Horner's Letter To the Editor,

Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

On October 21 we attended a city council meeting in Preston to listen to Bob Maust propose the building of a tire disposal plant, Heartland Energy and Recycling. Over 150 concerned citizens attended the meeting. It was quite obvious that the people w ..... 
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