Open Forum for week of Jan. 16

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Lucky to Have Him

Everyone pretty much agrees that the Congress in Washington D.C. is dysfunctional. However, here in Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District we are lucky to have Congressman Rick Nolan, who has been able to get bills passed and signed into law, work with federal agencies to expedite projects and highlight Minnesota manufacturing.

Congressman Nolan has the unique experience of having served in Congress for six years in the 1970s and with this experience he has been able to hit the ground running. His bill, the Small Airplane Revitalization Act, will help companies like Minnesota-based Cirrus Aircraft design and bring new planes online faster.

Congressman Nolan sits on the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and helped write four important amendments to the Water Resources Reform and Development Act: First was to close the Upper St. Anthony Lock to prevent the spread of Asian carp farther north; second was to expand the definition of “invasive species” which is now limited to plants to include Asian carp and zebra mussels; third to require the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund to be used just for harbor maintenance; and fourth, to treat the Great Lakes as one system.

These are some of the reasons we are lucky to have Rick Nolan as our congressman.

To keep up with Congressman Nolan’s efforts in Washington D.C. and his activities here in the Eighth District, please sign up for his weekly email, The Monday Report, at

Jill Sicheneder


Support Life

Jan. 22, 2014 will mark the 41st anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy in all 50 states.

The tragedy is far-reaching: 10,000 human lives lost annually in Minnesota alone and the resulting saddened women.

As a concerned citizen, you can help build a culture of life by attending the Prayer Service for Life at the St. Paul Cathedral at 10:30 a.m. and the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life peaceful March for Life at noon on the State Capitol steps.

Carpooling will take place at 9 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church parking lot. All are welcome to attend these life-affirming events.

Diane Paffel
Forest Lake

Robbin’ the ‘Hood

Personally, I like the old Robin Hood better. He took from the rich and gave to the poor.

Only in Columbus would Planning and Zoning:

– Favor one like property owner over another

– Destroy the residential property values and commercial growth in one zoning change

– Use 1,800-plus feet of valuable highway retail frontage (needed for future business growth) for a business that needs none

– Use 60 choice acres to park up to 12,000 junked vehicles

– Bring 13,000-25,000 transients yearly to a quiet, residential neighborhood

– Clutter the streets that serve existing businesses and community access with a continual parade of junked cars and tow trucks

–Run out the wildlife and change the natural, open beauty of this gorgeous setting with unsightly fencing

– Court an out-of-state business (Insurance Auto Auction Inc.) that does a majority of its business out of the city, state and county

– Refuse to recognize the concerns of the adjoining community

– Fail to demonstrate one advantage to the community in public forum.

P&Z members are voluntary; you get what you pay for!

I fail to believe that out of four councilmen and a mayor there aren’t at least two that either get my point or have their own vision for a better Columbus and have the strength to vote their conscience.

City Council votes Jan. 22. To petition a “No” vote, see

Please support your neighbors.

Frank Wagamon

  • anonymous

    Has anyone else missed Phil Fishman lately?