DL News Staff
Regarding the Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment: As a retired teacher and mother of four, I have experienced the importance of a Mom and Dad being involved in a child's life -- attending school conferences, musical programs, athletic events -- I've seen children's eyes search the crowd looking for their very own parents. I've seen the joy light up their face when they see them, and when eye contact is made, the enthusiastic wave (or if the child is older, a more subdued nod of the head).
I wonder if anyone has thought about what Paul Ryan's agenda would be if Mitt Romney were elected, and if something unforeseen happened to Mitt Romney, and Paul Ryan ascended to the presidency. The reason I am writing this is that I have not heard this spoken of in all the programs and commercials I have listened to. Would Mr. Ryan follow the same ideology that Mitt Romney is stating (although he, Mitt Romney, has stated varying explanations of what he himself would do if he were elected)? Would Mr. Ryan's agenda be pretty much to the far right?
I'm a senior citizen and I keep an eye on what goes on at the Minnesota State Capitol that could well affect me in the future. It troubles me that in the last session, the Republican controlled legislature implemented a 20 percent cut in pay for personal care attendants. PCAs are family members who provide services to the elderly or those who have serious disabilities. While we all hope to live long and healthy lives, none of us knows what's ahead and what our needs may be.
If laws were passed forbidding doctors to save the lives of an ethnic group, there would be tremendous horror and outcry. Why isn't there any horror over the anti-women laws passed since 2010 that mandate letting women die? H.R.1216 -- Withhold federal funding for medical schools that teach D&C techniques because they can also be used for abortions. (Women can bleed to death without a D&C.) Republicans voted 231 "Yes;" Democrats,181 "No." HR358 -- Amend current law to let hospitals deny women an emergency life-saving abortion.
As I visit with Minnesotans across the state, many are surprised to learn that they never get to see the actual language of the two proposed changes to our state's Constitution on their ballot. This seems odd to many voters, given the importance of the Constitution as our state's highest law but that is our current procedure.
On June 17, 2010, Wadena was struck by an EF4 tornado that devastated a large portion of the City of Wadena. It destroyed over 100 homes, 20 businesses, our high school, community center and many public buildings and infrastructure. Dan Skogen worked tirelessly next to me to ensure that our residents and business owners were assisted in every way possible. We walked door-to-door together visiting citizens, making sure they were OK and had the resources to recover from this disaster.
Many leaders in the ELCA in Minnesota (but perhaps not the majority of the laity) have come out in opposition to the MN Marriage Amendment and the natural/biblical definition of marriage. We wish to be clear that our Lutheran congregation, along with many others, unequivocally confesses otherwise.
Shaking hands and kissing babies: That's the old campaign adage. But politicians need to do more than kiss babies to make an impact on the lives of our young children. It's important for all of us to know where incumbent officials and candidates stand on issues of early childcare and education. For starters, you can go online and view national, state and local voting records at www.votesmart.org .
Rick Nolan will be accountable to us here, not to millionaires elsewhere who do not know us. He will represent us and our values in Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District. He has not signed an oath to private citizen Grover Norquist that would have tied his hands before taking office. Nolan's opponent Cravaack voted against common sense to redefine rape. Cravaack voted for Paul Ryan's budget that would slash Medicaid, cut Pell Grants for students, and substitute vouchers for Medicare. He says that Tea Party values are his values. What Cravaack supports, then, is not a free market.
The proposed Voter ID Amendment in front of Minnesota voters in two weeks is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Set aside for a moment the tremendous cost to Minnesota taxpayers in man-hours and in taxpayer dollars. This proposed amendment blatantly disenfranchises potential voters. Ask yourself, "Why do we need this amendment?" The purported unfounded reason is to seemingly get rid of voter fraud. My own Republican personal state representative-in-waiting claims that there have been thousands of fraudulent votes cast recently in Minnesota. Where is the proof?