DL News Staff
I didn't always vote as a Democrat. I am a retired Navy combat veteran. My extended family is large. Its members work regularly and hard. Many are veterans. Some own businesses or are self-employed. Some are wealthy. Most are not. We all pay taxes. We don't all understand our need to protect what we have. Without Social Security, Medicare, the VA and Medicaid there would be no health care available to most of the elderly and working poor. Without Obamacare, insurance companies will commonly deny health coverage.
When the Voter ID amendment was first introduced earlier this year, most people thought this issue was a no brainer. A recent poll suggests otherwise. A recent Star Tribune Minnesota Poll reports that 52 percent of Minnesotans support Voter ID, down from 80 percent who supported the amendment several months ago. Why the huge drop in support? I think it's because Minnesotans are beginning to learn more about the weighty implications of this amendment.
There comes a time when a people must dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and get back to basics. The American two party system is cancerous and it is killing America. When cancer is malignant there is only one treatment, cut it out! It is time for a new American Revolution and the grass roots of America must rise up and remove any national, state, county or city elected official that is a member of any organized party -- then only elect people who have no association to any political party to represent them in these offices.
Two weeks ago my opponent publicly admitted that his side was using unethical campaign tactics when they made viscous and dishonest attacks against me. This week they continue to make the same attacks in the form of mass mailings. They are also using a strategy called push polling where they call voters and ask misleading questions that imply horrible things about the person they are attacking. It has been discovered that the calls against me are coming from Utah. A lot of money is pouring into this race from powerful special interests that have no connection to our area.
What I can't figure out is why more and more celebrities are "coming out" to let the public know their sexual orientation. Why can't they just be known by their personalities and what they are like as a person? Do I as a private citizen need to know if anyone is heterosexual or gay or whatever? Another point I can't understand is why people who are of the same sex need to call their union a marriage.
Halloween hazards are scary indeed for cats and dogs. We can ensure that fall festivities are a treat, not a trick, for animals by following these tips: Keep animals indoors. Animals can become lost while fleeing the commotion and strangely dressed people, and people with evil intentions may be prowling for easy targets. Stay with your animals in a quiet room, away from the door. The constant stream of costumed visitors is stressful for animals and provides an opportunity for them to slip out or even bite a trick-or-treater whom they mistake for an intruder.
House District 2B candidate Brita Sailer wants rural businesses to get a fair shake at the State Capitol, and she knows what it takes to move rural Minnesota's economy forward. Brita is a strong advocate for policies that spur job growth -- she supports initiatives like the Minnesota Investment Fund that provides grants to help Minnesota businesses add new workers and retain high-quality jobs. She backs improvement to workforce development, training for workers, and repairing infrastructure like road, bridges and water systems.
We were disappointed to see a "church" leader in our community supporting gay marriage, or more specifically, opposing the proposed marriage amendment on the ballot this November. Part of his reasoning was that if it passed it would "mix religion and politics in our constitution." We would encourage people to read the constitution.
Brita Sailer knows firsthand the importance of education. She educated herself, then her children, then spent time in schools teaching about recycling and the environment, and finally moved to defending in the legislature the right of everyone to have a quality education. She understands that education is perhaps the best way (other than coming from a rich family) for individuals to improve their living conditions, that with education comes innovations necessary for a strong economy, and that without it, people are more easily manipulated by those with money and power.
If President Obama and Governor Romney are serious about stimulating job and economic growth, they need to start by presenting their ideas on shoring up housing, which is the biggest financial asset of most American families. During this presidential campaign, housing has been the elephant in the room that to date has not been addressed, even though the health of the nation's housing is directly linked to job creation, consumer confidence and a robust economy. One need look no further than here in Minnesota where residential construction collapsed to 21 percent of normal production and