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Cravaack's "third man act" must stop

Dear editor,

One of the best Cold War movies was The Third Man, starring Orson Welles and Joseph Cotton. Harry Lime was the shadowy secret agent who kept disappearing and reappearing throughout the story set in Vienna. It seems Congressman Chip Cravaack is our modern day Harry Lime. Now you see him, now you don’t.

Recently, the Duluth News Tribune (“Chip Cravaack critics are wrong”, April 29) lauded Cravaack for his frequent presence in our 8th District. As one of Congressman Cravaack’s constituents who attended a town meeting of his, I register my strong disagreement with this approval. The Tribune is flat wrong on this one.

Cravaack’s office does not disclose the time or place of these town halls with enough notice. His town hall in Aitkin wasn’t advertised until 48 hours prior to the meeting. Then on May 15 we were called to join a Cravaack tele-town hall immediately. Caught in the middle of a project, I could only hang up.

C’mon Chip. Drop the Harry Lime imitation and let us know in advance when and where you will be in the district. You will be surprised in the interest you will generate.

David Strand


Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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