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A look at 'big things'

I thought that after a tough and divisive Legislative session in 2011 resulting in a shutdown of government for about 20 days, significant cuts to local government aid and very little help from the state to help Minnesota citizens recover from a deep recession that this year would be different. In the last session, regular working people including public employees that keep operations running throughout the state as well as teachers who instruct our future generation in those highly needed skills in Math, Science and Engineering found their wages frozen. Local government aid was cut while property taxes were increased through the elimination of the Homestead Tax Credit and business taxes were reduced.

On day one of this session, where the Minnesota Senate met for approximately 30 minutes, the Senate Rules Committee approved a new Senate budget that eliminated about 1/3 of the Senate DFL staff from 43 permanent members to 29 while the Senate Republican permanent staff was untouched remaining at 75 permanent staff members. An amendment was introduced to reduce both staff members equally in order to reduce the costs, but this amendment was defeated by the Republican majority.

Does anyone else see this is a divisive, partisan move that does not allow for bi-partisan representation of the views of both parties as they represent their constituencies? Government should be concerned about all Minnesota’s citizens, not just those who agree with the majority party which has temporary power.

Sen. Gazelka, can you please explain this move?

Terry Sluss


SLUSS formerly ran for the District 12 Senate seat.

We often hear the word “big” used to describe something we don’t like or feel is oppressive. Examples of this are “big oil companies,” “big pharmaceuticals,” “big banks,” and “big unions.” Unfortunately, this feeling is sometimes true because “big” organizations can wield a lot of power both justly and unjustly.

Perhaps we should spend some time, however, thinking about all of the good things that we have accomplished in areas that require “big” organizations. It takes “big” companies to drill for oil and gas and pipe it into our houses at a reasonable cost. It takes “big” companies, and the organization of thousands of people to make things like airplanes, electrical generators, computers, railroads, and the medicines that keep us living longer.

We should be thankful that these “big” organizations have been allowed to flourish. It is in countries that don’t have them where people are living primitively. Remember, if Government gets oppressive enough these can disappear, and if they ever do, we will all be in “big” trouble!

Chuck Hagberg


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