Open Forum for week of Feb. 21

EDITOR’S NOTE: Letters will be accepted for the Open Forum for publication in the next available issue after receipt. Letters may be sent to Forest Lake Times, 880 SW 15th St., Forest Lake, or by e-mail to [email protected] Letters should not exceed 250 words and must be signed with the writer’s name, address and telephone number. Deadline is noon Monday. The newspaper reserves the right to edit letters and assure that rules of libel and good taste are not violated.



Back At It

Minnesota Republicans are up to their deceptive practices again. They are claiming they turned a $6 billion state budget deficit into a $1 billion surplus. That is wrong. The perceived change to the budget happened in spite of the Republican-controlled House and Senate!

Because these Republicans reduced state revenue sharing, our county commissioners had to reduce the money they give to our cities and townships, causing our (the 95 percent) property taxes to balloon while our home values dropped. These same Republicans, after shutting down our government for weeks, also withheld $2.4 billion from our schools, making our administrators have to severely cut budgets, increase class size and cut programs. All this was done to save the wealthiest Minnesotans from paying one more cent in state income taxes, even though it has been proven they pay a much smaller percentage than we, the 95 percent, do.

They said they would refuse state dollars but the Republican House used the federal money to contribute significantly to their so-called surplus. This shifting of money shouldn’t be a surprise after reading how the state Republican party couldn’t keep up with the rent of their own office space.

These Republicans are again telling our new Democratic leaders they will not support tax increases to the wealthiest 5 percent. They are still not listening to we the people. Now is the time to call your Minnesota state representative and senator, because they are deciding how to balance the budget for the coming year!

Jim Pavlicik
Chisago City


End the Monarchy

As the City of Forest Lake has grown through development and annexation of the former township it appears evident the present City Council composed of one mayor and four council people is no longer adequate to represent the people of Forest Lake.

The spending and taxing power now rests in the hands of just three people. The majority of the council vote determines the outcome. I believe the city needs to expand the council positions to at least two more seats, maybe even four more with the mayor voting only in the case of a tie. It is true we do elect our city officials to represent us, but it is obvious this is too small a group to represent the diverse needs of the citizens.

The issues the city is now facing would never have happened if the council were larger.

I think it’s time the citizens are represented. The other city commissions are composed of more members for this very reason. Let’s end the monarchy.

Ed Eigner
Forest Lake

  • Samuel

    A decent idea Ed. However, if the council had 7 seats, wouldn’t a 4-3 vote irritate you every bit as much as a 3-2 vote? A lot of Supreme Court decisions seem to go 5-4. It’s because the country is divided in their thinking. You should know that as well as anyone. In the last election one could argue that you and then councilman Jim Dufour were polar opposites on most every issue yet you two received essentially the same number of votes in the election.

  • Simmer Donna

    Monarchy? Let’s just quit blowing everything out of proportion in this town. The use of Monarchy by Ed is an obvious attempt to equate this with the overthrow of the British Empire. Because, lord knows, it’s just outright tyranny around here! Help me, help me, I’m so oppressed!!! :) To say “the issues the city is now facing would never have happened if the council were larger” Based on what? Is a 4-3 decision somehow better than a 3-2? You can’t even find hardly anyone to run for council now because of all the grief they receive from a small group of naysayers who twist every issue to feed into their “the world is against me” mentality. The “issues” of the city are simply a clash between a group of people who would like to try to make this city better and a group of people who stymie those efforts just for sport. That issue will never go away even with 101 people or dalmations, if you prefer, on the council.

    • Sally

      Donna, that is spectacular, well said.

    • Steve


  • Eric Langness

    Jim Pavlicik –

    You must not have read a newspaper following the election last year. I’ll update you: The democrats now control the Minnesota House, Senate and Governors office. Nothing is stopping your party from ‘fixing’ the problems except your own party.

    The Republicans did get SOME control over the budget in the two years they had control of the house/senate and even managed to get a 1 million dollar surplus they pushed into public education. This was “in spite” of the actions of the democrat governor rejecting good policy and finance at the state level.

    My question to you however is topically different. Why do you advocate everyone to call their current Republican state representatives and senators when they don’t control a single committee, rule, policy decision or ultimately law that the democrats will pass? It appears quite clear your partisan views are more spiteful toward Republicans more than anything close to common sense.

  • Phil Fishman

    It is somewhat troublesome that even when a certain party gets into full and complete power, whether it be on the local, state or national level, they continue to blame the previous party for all of the ills for political gain. Perhaps it might be time to show some true leadership and move forward the initiatives and changes that are being claimed to have put you in power and give you control. On the national level, I think perhaps Pres. Obama can now stop blaming Bush for everything, and I mean everything. Job growth is stagnant despite the stimulus spending and resulting trillions in additional debt accumulated. On the state level, Dayton has done nothing but increase taxes and ignore calls for spending cuts. Very quickly, people are going to realize that there is no compromise – the only answer is more taxes and ignore the big problem – spending. More government spending and taxes aren’t going to get us further ahead – we’re only running up a bigger tab with little to show for it. The Democrats need to stop whining and blaming – they have the power now. Get to work and show us that your policies do indeed bring the results you have promised.

  • Pot Calling the Kettle Black Eric

    Hope for Failure with Anything to Do With the Democrats Eric Langness said

    “It appears quite clear your partisan views are more spiteful toward Republicans more than anything close to common sense.”

    Pot Calling the Kettle Black