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Minnesota budgets

Minnesota budgets at all levels are now being developed. As responsible Minnesotans we need to take a closer look at the growth of certain segments of our government.

No doubt everyone has heard the screams from our liberals “We need to throw more money at education. Our children deserve the very best.” Would you believe the Minnesota State Government is one of the most corrupt of any state in our union!

According to a research article published by the Wall Street Journal, Dec. 30, 2012, the University of Minnesota was singled out with some very serious spending that contributes nothing to educating our children. I have maintained for the past two decades that there is more deadwood at the university than there is in the Chippewa National Forest!

Did you know the University of Minnesota has one administrator for every 31/2 students! The growth in the number of administrators over the past decade has increased 37 percent more than the number of instructors. What does that do to educate our students?

The University of Minnesota tuition and fees has more than doubled in the past decade to $13,524. That far exceeds the average at four year public colleges of $8,655! What does that do to enhance the education of our children? The entire Board of Regents should be fired for failing to oversee the university budgets. Also the education committees in the state legislature have been doing a terrible job of oversight. Our voters continue to show stupidity in who we elect.

I have a theory why our state government is so corrupt. If more public employees are added to the university staff the public unions will collect more revenue. They can feed back more money to campaigns of liberals who look the other way to the damaging effects the unions have on overall university performance.

Do you think we could get a state law requiring all public sector unions report publicly each year? The report would include the amount of money collected from dues and fees, the amount the unions contribute to election campaigns, the amount going to the MEA, and the amount going to the U.S. Dept. of Education.

We also need a state law requiring the union pay half the fine when contract dates are not met. The school district would pay the other half the fine. It takes two to tango. Will our local politicians introduce such a law? I doubt they will because the union might cut back their contributions to those legislators elections first children’s education second!

Let’s set our stupidity aside and put our kids education first!

Robert Olson

Ideal Township

Takes offense

I am a 50-year subscriber of your paper. In the reader opinion letter from Tom Lund of Longville Friday, Jan. 18, I was offended by what he wrote about our President Barack Obama.

You printed King Obama.

That letter served no purpose and was disrespectful of our president. We should respect the office and our president.

There are a lot of senators and congressmen and women who are to blame for the things passed in Washington.

Bashing our president was hurtful to me and my family.

You can call this free speech. I call it trash.

Please don’t print any more racial letters about our president.

Also that big picture of the assault rifles was offensive and served no purpose. It wasn’t even local.

After all the deaths of children and adults that is poor journalism. Have respect for the deceased and families.

I’m sure many people agree with these two subjects.

Please keep things positive. The world is full of non-positive things. News should have some good in it.

Marylou Ruff

Little Falls

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