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While watching the State of the Union speech, I was curious as to the reaction of the opposition party. When positive employment numbers were given, the Republican Party (members) sat on their collective hands as if to say “We don’t care.” When the reemergence of the automotive manufacturing of American brands was glowingly given, again the Republican Party sat on their collective hands and apparently didn’t care. Instead of being happy about the positives happening in our country, they instead chose to sit on their collective hands and show an apparent disdain of the President and any thing positive that’s happening in our nation.

Are you Republicans so intent in your hate of this president that you can’t give credit when credit is due? Are we not all part of the desire to see our economy and job situation improve for all that are having tough times at this moment in our history? When the Republicans are so into their dogma and can’t or won’t try to work together for all of us, then we all lose.

Finally, it is very apparent to me that the team work is evidenced by our Navy Seals getting Bin Laden and also the hostages in Africa. As Americans, of whatever political persuasion, we need to work together and stop being dogmatic about our pet projects. So Mr. Republican, are you part of the solution as Americans working together for our brothers and sisters that need a hand up, or are you going to just sit on your collective hands and do nothing? If the latter is your choice, then in direct opposition to what the vast majority of American citizens want from you, you are choosing to be a Republican and not an American. Shame on you.

Bob Hobson

Pine River

What caused the economic downturn we are now experiencing? When I ask that question the answers I normally get are 1) the housing bubble collapse, 2) the near collapse of our banking system, or 3) the failed policies of the Bush administration. These answers are what the liberal media would like you to believe. If you hear this over and over again unchallenged, voters tend to believe it. The first two answers are the result of what happened, the third answer could have caused the recession.But, look at the facts. When President Bush entered office our country was in a recession as a result of the .com bubble collapse. His administration’s policies, even after 9/11, led our nation out of a recession into a period of growth. From 2001-2006 seven million jobs were created, tax receipts into the treasury set records, and the unemployment rates were at historic lows.

What changed? The 2006 elections. Because of the anti-war sentiment the Democrats took control of the House and Senate. The new tone in Washington, coming from Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, signaled a new era of big government. National health care, carbon taxes, cap and trade, value added taxes, and increased regulations frightened corporate America. Not knowing what the future business climate would bring businesses tightened their belts, stopped hiring, and began laying off employees. Laid off workers unable to find other employment, stopped spending and eventually quit making their mortgage payments. This started the snowball rolling down the hill and the recession started.

Because of the current business environment companies are sitting on $2 billion. To put this money to work Washington must change! We need to get back to a pro-growth, pro-business environment so we can begin creating jobs and get this country back to work.

Denny Bollig


I have been watching the GOP debates and have concluded that they provide more entertainment than the reality TV shows. Is Mitt Romney buying or earning his votes? Is it all his money? Does any one care other than his rivals? Apparently outspending your opponents five to one on negative attack adds has influence on some people. The excess spending certainly makes the TV and ad-making folks happy.

Is this just the opening round after the supposedly unbiased, non-political Supreme Court decided to take away all spending limits? The big question! Does it, has it , or will it ever do the country any good? Maybe the aristocrats?

Stay tuned.

John Orr


The 2012 legislative session is now under way.

Minnesota still faces a number of challenges — first and foremost, creating jobs and strengthening our economic recovery. As always, I need constituent input on a variety of topics to help me make the best decisions for our community and Minnesota’s future.

You can find my 2012 Legislative Survey online by visiting my House website at and clicking on “2012 Legislative Survey. Please take a moment to fill it out and give me your feedback. And please contact me with your questions, concerns, and suggestions for legislation. I look forward to hearing from you.

If you would rather fill out a paper copy of the survey, please contact me at (651) 296- 4333, or 1-800-683-4205, by mail at 221 State Office Building, 100 Martin Luther King Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155 or via e-mail at, so we can send you a survey.

Rep. John Ward

District 12A


Marriage was instituted by God.(He created us.) The first couple was Adam and Eve. (Not Adam and Steve!) The concept of one man and one woman is spelled out for us. “Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. They record that from the beginning “God made them male and female.” And he said to them, “This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. Since they are no longer two but one, let no one separate them, for God has joined them together.” - Matthew 19:4-6

How much clearer can it be stated? What are we doing messing with the divine institution of marriage? Didn’t we learn anything by what happened to the Lutheran Church in Minneapolis on Aug.19, 2009, when they had just voted to ordain gay clergy on that very day, shortly before that tornado struck there? Perhaps you should go to to view the Miracle Tornado and decide for yourself.

Don’t you know that “everywhere marriage has been redefined, religious

persecution has followed?” With that in mind, we had better fully consider the consequences before taking action on this matter.

Jeanette Smith


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