I believe Stewart Mills owes an apology to Rick Nolan and the DNC. How dare Mills be born to a successful hard working family that created several thriving businesses that employ hundreds and hundreds of Americans. The gall of that man. I hope that the pays his fair share in taxes. Do you ever wonder what standard of fairness says the top 10 percent of earners pay over 70 percent of the federal tax burden while 47 percent pay none. Ron Olson Pequot Lakes
In response to an Oct. 1 letter titled "Democratic rhetoric," the bipartisan ritual of raising the debt limit is not about spending more money.
This November I will again vote for Rick Nolan. I have known Rick since the 1950s when we were both kids growing up in Brainerd. Thus, I know Rick is intimately familiar with Brainerd and the surrounding area and has the best interests of its citizens at heart. Like most of us who grew up here, Rick is and has been a sportsman. While he favors keeping firearms out of the hands of those who may use them irresponsibly, he also champions the rights of legitimate hunters and sportspeople to own firearms. Like me, Mr. Nolan urges our government to be cautious in entering into foreign wars.
Polls show voters are giving elected officials a very low approval rating. There are too many career politicians in all units of government, local, state and federal government. Our taxes continue to increase, very little concern for the voters, promises are made and not kept. James Wallin, Brainerd's mayor, is a prime example of a career politician. He has held an elected position as alderman and mayor for 36 consecutive years. Has voted and supported all tax increases, also supported the purchase of the hydro dam for over $6 million dollars.
Paul Thiede stated: "We (I assume the county board of commissioners) simply want our VSO helping our returning vets with his office time, not running a volunteer effort while on duty." Being a vet myself serving three years in the Army 50 years ago I have had the opportunity to speak to Bob Nelson on numerous occasions about my issues and veteran related programs, etc. Bob has always been very professional, knowledgeable and pleasant. Never have I heard him say, "Wait a minute, I have some volunteer work to do before I see you." Bob is the go-to guy for vets.
Minnesota students deserve a world class education. A great education begins with quality teachers and setting high standards for students. Recently, Democrats, in their typical partisan effort, lowered the bar by allowing teachers to enter the classroom without passing a basic skills test, delaying the implementation of teacher evaluations and removing the GRAD exam for students. Forty-two states require teachers to pass a basic skills exam before entering the classroom and 29 states require passing a skills exam even before enrolling in teacher prep programs.
It's almost hilarious what comes out of the Lueck campaign letters to the editor. Last election it was the Republican Party committee staffer who wrote a letter saying he was a Democrat and wanted to vote for David Strand. Then they tried to deny they even knew who the letter writer was, even though Dale spent most of the summer introducing him to folks. Now they write a letter saying Joe Radinovich has another job working for the union. The fact is, representing area is so important to Joe that he quit his $70,000 a year job he had in 2012.
I read the paper and watch daily the local/national news. I have often wondered why someone would write a letter to the editor of the paper to express one's views. Recently, I have been reading about the upcoming election. I'm dismayed by the negative perceptions of many of the endorsements and advertisements. I always thought that running for an elected office was fulfilling a desire to help your town/district/state/nation, an activity that should be admired.
I have never known why some people think that to make themselves look good they must make someone else look bad. This practice seems to be political campaigning 101. Let's just take two examples. Stewart Mills is rich. That neither qualifies him nor disqualifies him to run for office. Stewart has long hair. What's that all about? Do we judge people by the length of their hair? Why is it being used against him in ads? Nolan was criticized for a picture of him, casually holding a rifle with his finger on the trigger. How does that disqualify him for public office?
Instead of focusing on the comparative wealth of the 8th District candidates, I focus on their positions on the issues I am concerned about. This might be helpful to some of your readers. So, in a series of 'yes or no' questions: • Does the candidate believe all Americans should be entitled to the same standard of medical, dental and optical care, regardless of their income? • That the U.S.