9-13-12 Carver County News Letters to the Editor

Writer supports supports Weygand for state senate

To the editor:

Jim Weygand is the candidate I am supporting to represent those of us who live in Minnesota Senate District 47.

Others have written about Jim’s service with a number of organizations in the community that benefit us all, including serving on the boards of the Carver County Library Board and the Community Foundation of Carver County.  I had the privilege of serving with him on School District 112’s Beacon Council; I found him to be an engaged and active participant, always willing to explore methods to ensure an inclusive and lifelong education for all learners.  By education and profession, Jim is an engineer and has keen insights to transit and communications trends and issues, which are concerns for those of us living in a rapidly expanding metropolitan area.

As a leader in the community, Jim has the listening skills and the ability to reach across political boundaries to reach consensus with others.  He is committed to asking the hard questions, to reaching a collaborative decision, and to serving the people of Minnesota in a fair and equitable manner.  His theme of Jim’s campaign is “Move Minnesota Forward Again!”  I know that with his commitment to all of the residents of Minnesota, he will.

Please join me and support Jim Weygand at the polls on November 6.

Libby Fairchild


Democrats and Republicans still miles apart

To the editor:

Forcing myself to watch as much of the Democrat National Convention as I could handle, a few thoughts come to mind. While most of the speakers presented well, there was little I could agree with.  Former President Clinton did not disappoint with his usual re-write of history using at least a gallon of “whiteout.” President Obama was lackluster, no doubt because he already knew the latest “jobs numbers” were going to be devastating.

I also listened to a few dozen impromptu interviews with the delegates and was struck by how radical they were.  With much vitriol, they expressed views on abortion, gay lifestyles, women’s rights, taxes, profits, entitlements, global warming, energy, foreign affairs and more. There is absolutely no common ground to work with, if these delegates had their way. Oh, and it’s still Bush’s fault.

When the Democrats removed “God” from their Party Platform, they really drew a line in the sand. Well, it didn’t last for more than a day until word came down from the White House. God had to be put back in.  The Chair dutifully proposed a change with a voice vote. You’ve seen them. Each group tries to out yell the other. Well clearly the “no” response had it. The Chair paused and said he wanted to try it again. Same result. Definitely a louder “no” vote. Then a third time, an even louder “no” vote. The Chair, knowing he had to approve the amendment, just said in his opinion, the “yeas” had it and the motion was approved.

A very loud and boisterous clamor arose from the convention floor. “Wow,” I thought, “God is getting booed and the country is watching.” The Democrats had just denied God three times. Seems to me there is a Biblical connection here. Considering what he has bestowed on our Country, this is a very sad commentary.

The Democrat Party has changed dramatically in the past 20 years. They have an intense approach to various issues. Their Convention confirmed they are a conga line of radical thought. In the present clamor for the parties to “work together”, this will never occur. Both are light years apart in the direction they see for the country.  This election will chart a distinctly different course, depending on the victor. It would be fitting if a little Divine Providence lends a helping hand.

Joe Polunc


Piano students excel at county, state fairs

To the editor:

We hear all the stories of kids that get into trouble. I want to tell the story of some good (and talented) kids.

I am very proud of all my piano students. I tell everyone that I have the best kids in town. I want to point out two kids that did Watertown proud by winning a talent competition at the county fair, and Emma went on to the state fair and won a blue ribbon on her piano solo. Congratulations Emma and Nora Grant. Nora was too young to go on to the state fair.

May Lou Jirik