One trait of being a leader is having the desire to be a coach with a passion for developing people. Pat Pickar is devoted to public service and our community by coaching youth sports and by being engaged with numerous civic organizations, just to list a few.
If you want an independent voice in Washington, then vote for Joe Radinovich. He is not beholding to anyone, other than to the people of the 8th District. Joe is a fourth generation Brainerd lakes resident and will never vote to cut Social Security or Medicare. He believes affordable health care coverage is for all, even those with a pre-existing condition. Joe is a hunter and will never vote to take away your guns. Joe believes in a fair, living wage and tax benefits that will promote a strong middle class.
I am writing to support Amy Klobuchar for Senate in Minnesota. With all the embarrassing chaos going on in Washington DC, Amy is a breath of fresh air for unpolluted politics. She has worked harder that anyone I know and is pushing for principles, projects and programs that I support. Climate change, renewable energy, water quality, insurance for all, limit terms of elected officials, limit budget for politicians so we have a level playing field, and many more. Please lend your support to Amy, thanks. David Winkelman Brainerd
I have worked with/known Pat Pickar for over 10 years. Beginning as a young intern with a local police department while in college to working at different agencies in my career. Pat has been my teacher, training officer, partner and supervisor at one point or another. I've watched him react to tense situations on the street and watched him handle internal issues as a supervisor. Regardless of the situation Pat handles each item with professionalism, tact and with a great ability to remain objective.
I have worked with Mayor Kevin Egan for over five years and he has shown a deep interest in Lake Shore and its future. Kevin is a clear thinker and a leader who has always considered what is best for our city and its residents. Kevin and I have participated together on various committees in Lake Shore, the Board of Adjustment/Planning Commission for Lake Shore, the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation, and the Gull Chain of Lake Association Board. In all cases he has demonstrated a strong, fair and engaged leadership style that is always respectful and civil.
Our family is relatively new to this area. We met the Goddard family within a week of moving into our new home and have been impressed with how open, caring, and compassionate they are to everyone. Over the last couple of years, we have become friends and I am truly impressed with Scott's leadership and commitment to our community. This is apparent in his work with the sheriff's office and his countless hours of volunteering with our area youth. Scott Goddard is a person of high standards and will ensure all of our families are safe.
We have seen the testimonials and support in many letters over the past weeks. Bill built this reputation through the relationships that prompted the support. Everything expressed in writing is a result of a personal and business life well lived. We know, we have been privileged to share work and life's challenges with Bill and Jane and their family. Vote for Bill Brekken on Nov. 6. Mike and Kathy Burton Nisswa
I have supported Goddard since his announcement. I believed he would be our sheriff. Klang could have been a good choice, too, but lacked county support. Pickar, I think, is a good salesman. He has a lot of signs. He chose a running mate who is far and above his own, again lots of attention for him. There are a few things in his closet though that have not really been aired out. He has a past pattern of do as I say and not as I do. This has cost him more than one job. While he seems a nice guy, I question the truth. With Scott, it is more positive than not.
Over this election cycle, I've been reading letter to the editor in support of one candidate or another but I've been surprised we haven't seen more discussion about one of the most important issue facing not just our state but out nation—abortion.
Lots of candidates out there preaching the same old stuff about "fighting for you, fixing Washington" and new this year, "pre-existing conditions." So before you cast your vote on Nov. 6 for any congress or senate candidate ask yourself (better yet, your candidate) this simple question: "How ya gonna pay for that?" Universal healthcare? "How ya gonna pay for that?" Tax cut? "How ya gonna pay for that?" Free college? "How ya gonna pay for that?" Expand Medicare? "How ya gonna pay for that?" Open our borders? "How ya gonna pay for that?"