I am writing to respond to the Wardlow article. It was disappointing for the paper print such a one-sided story filled with falsehoods. The story presents Attorney General candidate Doug Wardlow as a non-partisan option for AG and Keith Ellison as an activist. A brief look at Wardlow's history and stated agenda, would have shown he is far from apolitical.
Tim Walz wants Minnesota to be a sanctuary state. Keith Ellison, ditto. Tina Smith, ditto. Amy Klobuchar, ditto. Joe Radinovich, ditto. With these DFL people in office, we could just tell the 7,000-plus "caravan" coming from Mexico to keep coming (with thousands more to follow), Minnesota will be open for business. Of course we will have plenty of social services to provide for all, schools, housing, food, jobs, health care, social security, and interpreters—we will have it all. But doesn't anyone ask who pays for it anymore?
I have known Pat Pickar to be a great citizen and leader in our community. As sheriff, Pat will lead by example as I have seen him do the entire time I have known him. He is a great representative of who the people of Crow Wing County are. Pat understands what issues we find important, and is always willing to listen to everyone. He will work hard to keep Crow Wing County a great place to raise our kids. He has run his campaign with integrity, and will carry that same trait into the office of sheriff. Pat Pickar is the best choice to be our next sheriff of Crow Wing County.
In carefully following the Crow Wing County Sheriff's race, I have appreciated Capt. Scott Goddard's transparency in making his personnel file readily available to the public. I have had the opportunity to review it and find it to be impeccable. I have also had the opportunity to review the other candidate's personnel file and have noted that it lists employment with the Lake Shore Police Department. Why hasn't he made that public in his campaign information? I find the discrepancy bothersome and would like him to address that lack of transparency in his campaign.
This election is about the future of Social Security and health care. Democrats will and always have protected and advocated expansion of Social Security and believe health care to be at the right of every citizen. Republicans at all levels continue to push for dismantling both. No matter what they are saying today, it is what they have done that must be considered when you cast our vote. Their actions and statements prove their intent. Their tax giveaway that is crippling the national debt is their excuse.
Right up there with death and taxes, nothing is more predictable than change. In the case of politics, it is inevitable in every party. But never have I seen the scope of changes that have affected the Democratic party in such a short period of time. For those of you who remember the likes of a John Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey or a Barbara Jordan, it must come as a complete shock to see what is unfolding before you.
This isn't an especially new thing, but our reputation for "Minnesota Nice" continues to erode as the years go by. Civility, which was the hallmark of Minnesota, and once even the entire nation, seems to have been traded in for some strange brand of political expediency. The competitive business philosophies of "win at any cost" and "take no prisoners" begins to be seen as a path to power. But, when one gets the power, knowing that he/she gained that power relatively unscrupulously, it is hard to truly believe that there is an actual mandate with that win.
Please join me in voting Pat Pickar for Sheriff on Nov. 6. I have worked with Pat in law enforcement since 2003. I'm most impressed with his passion for the job and our community. Pat leads by example, not by title—he is extremely hard working and expects the same from his team. He has been invested in our community for years—as a deputy, K9 handler and trainer, business owner, youth coach and community volunteer.
Ruth Nelson has been an integral part of the school district as a board member for over 12 years. She understands how the district works and has been a big part of leading us through challenging times while assuring our students of the Brainerd School District have an award-winning education. She has been a strong supporter of the need for safety and handicap accessibility in the changes to our upcoming building renovations.
I have known Rep. Josh Heintzeman now for a few years now since my husband introduced me to him and his family. I am so impressed by his family and their dynamics. It's great that he brings those strong family values to St. Paul, as he represents us here, in the lakes area. I know he listens to the people and as a father he does what's best for our children and their future. I'm happy to vote for Josh and send him back to St Paul. Nicole Toole Baxter