151st was yet another great Stiftungsfest
To the editor:
The Stiftungsfest Committee would like to thank all who made this year’s celebration a huge success! We were definitely blessed with great weather! All events were well attended, including Hairball and Rocket Club drawing great crowds. The way our community pulls together to work and support Stiftungsfest is wonderful. All should be proud of the good job everyone does.
All proceeds from Stiftungsfest go to the Norwood Young America Fire Department. The Fire Department has purchased many items over the years using these profits from Stiftungsfest which benefit our entire community. Records were not broken this year, but the numbers are good and the Stiftungsfest Committee will work hard to put on yet another great celebration next year.
We owe a huge thanks to the German bands who performed, and their host families who so graciously housed them during their stay. Thanks to the many volunteers and firefighters who put in a long week and weekend setting up and working at the park. Thank you to the City of Norwood Young America for its continued support of Stiftungsfest. A huge thank you to the many businesses that supported our fireworks — they were the best yet!
It’s great to see new people come to Stiftungsfest for the first time and also see people who have moved away from the area return each year for the celebration. We will see you all next year Aug. 23-25, 2013!
Consequences of upcoming election will be profound
To the editor:
As election day is just over two months, the political news is going to become fast and furious. While there are hundreds of other key races across the nation, nothing is as important as the presidential race. While other federal, state and local contests will help with supportive policy direction, they will be in vain if Romney doesn’t win. This election will either solidify the socialist direction of Obama or return us to a free market supply side approach. We are at a crossroads and must decide who will win: the producers or the takers. Is there still a spark of American “exceptionalism” left or has it been replaced by government handouts? We shall soon find out.
The economic policies of Obama have shown how “well” they work. We continue to re-invent the government stimulus approach in order to jump start the economy. Evidently it doesn’t matter that it fails everywhere its tried. Excessive government spending and easy Fed Reserve monetary policy comes at a cost to the private sector. Businesses now have less capital to invest, hence expansion and job growth suffer.
Failed government spending have no consequences while entrepreneurs have everything to lose. Business must answer to their stockholders while government merely writes another “iou.” Is $5 trillion of Obama spending enough of an example? Is $16 trillion dollars of national debt (yes, some republicans are at fault) a big enough number? How about 46 million Americans on welfare with the USDA encouraging more to sign up? How many times must we have this debate?
I am heartened that with the addition of Paul Ryan, the Romney campaign will keep the economy and jobs the central theme. Team Obama will have their hands full trying to debate reality. The democrats can only obfuscate the truth, engage in class warfare and revert to obtuse tabloid topics. The last thing the democrats want is a serious debate over the last four years. Yet that is what they are going to get! I fully expect Romney/Ryan to stay on point and deliver a clear road map towards a brighter economic future. When the democrats and their media allies demagogue, Romney/Ryan must artfully explain their positions once again. They must take the message directly to the voters.
I firmly believe that history will look back at the 2012 election as a benchmark where America decided to either return to sound economic policies or continue down the road to serfdom. The differences couldn’t be greater nor the consequences more profound.
Writer supports Weygand for state senate
To the editor:
Jim Weygand has my support for State Senate because:
I believe it is important to educate our children and Jim supports education. He is a Beacon leader for School District 112.
I believe in supporting our libraries and Jim is on the Library Board.
I believe in having strong, capable, competent leaders and Jim has already proven his leadership ability as former Mayor of Carver and a member of the Community Foundation of Carver County.
I believe that freedom is not free — therefore fair and equitable taxes are necessary and Jim will be a fiscally responsible leader.
I am proud to add my name to the growing list of Weygand supporters … check him out at www.jimweygand.com.