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I had to read and re-read the letter written by Mr. Rich Jabas regarding the slaying of the deer. He perfectly exemplifies why horrible actions like these killings happen.
What difference is it if the deer, as he stated, were “pets” or wild and the officer nearly hit them. I drive the area where the deer roamed and I have even seen the deer before and basically the only way one could hit a deer with a car is if they were driving too fast.
So saying that the officer nearly hit the deer is just stupid. In Minnesota the national past time is to kill — deer, fish, birds — and not always for food. Sometime this pasttime crosses over the line as in the case of the deer.
Didn’t know you had to call BIG BROTHER — DNR — when you see baby deer. Really, how foolish.
And really a tragedy that made a grown man slay a small animal. Heartless and sad — almost as sad as Mr. Jabas’ response.
Truly First Class
I took my four year-old daughter to Saturday’s Ranger basketball game at home against Duluth East. Even though we ended up losing the game, the team displayed tremendous hustling and basketball skills until the very end.
However, the most impressive part was how the coach and players were accessible to their fans after the game. After the game, my daughter and I walked off the bleachers expecting to just leave and go home.
Instead, we were greeted by the players and the head coach who all shook our hands and thanked us for coming to the game. This was my first Ranger game in any sport since my wife and I moved to Forest Lake in 2002 from the University of Minnesota.
The actions of the players and coach solidified my feeling of belonging to the Forest Lake community. This basketball program is truly first class and these kids will bring this maturity with them for the rest of their lives in whatever they do.
Enough of the Constitutional Amendments already! All Constitutional Amendments serve two purposes:
1. Amendment undermine the very purpose of the Constitutional process that states the legislators write and vote on said bills and the governor’s job is to pass or veto it.
I was watching a program that (R) Richard Day was on and he stated he was not in “favor of the constant use of a Constitutional Amendment, it’s not a good way of doing business.” It is our elected officials’ duty to put their man or woman pants on and start being held accountable for their votes.
2. Constitutional Amendments allow our elected officials the opportunity to wash their hands of the subject matter and push it off to the very people that elected them to make those decisions; does that make sense to you?
I say – Do your job or get out. Whether you are for or against a specific Constitutional Amendment is irrelevant, the fact of the matter is it is bad policy to continue down this road.
I urge all my fellow constituents to contact their respective representative and tell them to start doing their jobs and enough of the Constitutional Amendments.
Darrell J. Vincent
No Bypass Lane?
I am concerned and want to know why there is not a bypass lane on Highway 97 at the Hosanna Lutheran Church entrance in Forest Lake.
It is a very dangerous spot.
On Sunday, we hosted a public showing and discussion of the award-winning documentary, “Inside Job,” the story behind those responsible for our current recession that began in 2008.
Both Republican and Democratic administrations contributed to the problem primarily through deregulation of the banking and investment industry.
Wall Street banking and investment CEOs walked away with millions, while their companies and taxpayers were left with losses in the trillions.
I encourage you to watch the documentary “Inside Job,” draw your own conclusions, and then act.
We need to fight deregulation, the laws that created the “Super PACs,” and the so-called “right to work” legislation or the economic and political situation that results will destroy our democracy and increase poverty.
A recent KSTP poll showed that the Republican-led state legislature has its lowest approval rating of all-time – just 17 percent. And the poll showed that Democrats, Republicans and Independents all agreed that the Legislature was not doing a good job.
It’s not too hard to find the reason why – last year the Republican-led legislature focused on divisive constitutional amendments instead of jobs and the budget. They failed to get their work done on time and forced a government shutdown.
They also passed a budget that borrowed billions from our kids and raised property taxes on almost every Minnesotan and attempt to place the blame on our local governments and schools who long ago have cut all the fat from their budgets.
After a disaster like that, you would think Republicans would wake up and try to turn over a new leaf in 2012. But if you look at this session, it is just more of the same. Republicans are again pushing divisive constitutional amendments instead of trying to reach some consensus on jobs and the economy.
No matter our political views, I think many of us can agree the Republicans are pushing an agenda that is out of the mainstream. If they keep it up, we should vote ‘em out
Photo ID Right
The hot topic this past week was the proposal to amend the Minnesota constitution to require a photo ID for voting. Sherri Knuth, a public policy coordinator for the League of Women Voters, recently opined that this would clutter Minnesota voting procedures.
Which is less cluttering at the polling place: one universally recognized ID card or a strange array of signed oaths and dubious forms of non-standard ID cards? The Secretary of State’s office offers at least 10 different possible combinations of documents, witnesses, and oaths that a prospective voter could present at the polling place. Hundreds of people voting this way would be comparable to actually wanting to stand in line at the supermarket behind people writing checks without ID and having their neighbors vouch for their identity and creditworthiness!
And getting a photo ID is not expensive or unreasonably time consuming. So why is presenting a valid ID at the polling place really something we all ought to do?
In an age when identity fraud is increasingly common, allowing illegitimate or questionable persons to vote casts severe doubt on the results of the election and usurps the rights of legitimate voters — thus calling into question the accuracy of the vote. Recent closely-contested elections show how important a few votes can be. In other words, when voters’ credentials are questionable, then so must be the outcome of the vote. This is dangerous to democracy.
No one in favor of a requiring photo ID wants to disenfranchise true citizens, but everyone should want to deter voter fraud. Illegal persons, those trying to assume a second identity, or those still liable to justice possess no legal or moral right to vote, and this is exactly what a photo ID seeks to prevent. The best way to preserve democracy and sound voting is via mandatory photo ID.