With lawn signs popping up, it seems everyone has a solution to our many problems. Unfortunately, two of those posing solutions are the same candidates who created the issues in the first place. Whether it’s “Carlie” for our Minnesota State House or “Cwod” for State Senate, neither wishes to take responsibility. Two issues that are important to Minnesotans are education and public safety.
“Carlie,” as she likes to be called, tweeted profusely her support for “re-imagine” the police. Her position has made it impossible for my family to enjoy an evening in downtown Minneapolis for fear of violent crime. Her policies and her support of “de-funding the police” made it worse – not better! Yes, it pains me to say it, but it’s true. Our favorite restaurant Zelo has three bullet holes in the window to prove it. Now, it and many other great businesses are closed.
“Cwod,” an endearing name he prefers, promotes the teacher’s union and acknowledges “all” of their public initiatives as the best for our children. After all, who could not vote for children! What has this achieved for us?
According to a recent credible study, only a third of our Minnesota students perform at grade level. When we ask why Minnesota ranks No. 5 in national taxation, according to a Turbo Tax ranking, the answer invariably is the strength of our public education. According to a U.S. News and World Report ranking, Minnesota ranks just 29th in college readiness and a measly 34th out of 50 states in graduation rate. I think they need to find a new excuse. Not only do we all need to get involved and vote, but we need to be wise! Wise enough to recognize rhetoric when we hear it. Wise enough to actually make a difference this year, if you care about children and crime. Wise enough to say enough! Otherwise, endorsing the usual platitudes sung by “Carlie” and “Cwod” again this year will give us more of the same!
Having spoken to both, I must vote for Thomas Knecht for state representative and Marla Helseth for state senate as both have a plan for education and safety!
Roger Hoy, Eden Prairie
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