Open Forum for Oct. 12, 2017

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A polarizing environment

Reasonable people can disagree on how best to manage and protect our natural resources while responsibly using them for jobs and materials.

Congressman Emmer has earned a lifetime score of 1 percent and a 2016 score of 0 percent from the League Of Conservation Voters ( This is not an indication of nuance and reasonable deliberation; this is simply voting against every single environmental bill.

We are constantly reminded of the damage our highly polarized politics are doing to America’s democracy and national fabric. You can’t get much more polarizing than Congressman Emmer’s environmental voting record. If you care about our future and that of our children, don’t vote for Emmer. Let him know these extreme anti-environmental positions do not represent our values.

Martin Steitz
Forest Lake