10-11-12 Waconia Patriot Letters to the Editor

Walter would get the job done as commissioner

To the editor:

I know Jim Walter has been out in the area meeting people, listening to their complaints and frustration and clearly hearing the message that the people of Carver County are fed up with the way things have been going. They have had it with politicians promising everything but delivering on nothing. They are angry that officials don’t seem to understand that parks, trails and ballrooms aren’t high on the priority list when a family is having a hard time making the house payment or putting food on the table for their family. They are being overly taxed and have watched their home values hit the cellar.
These officials seem clueless that communities are angry and disgusted at having to watch their local businesses fold up because small business is being taxed so heavily they can’t compete with pricing that still allows the financially squeezed community to shop locally instead of the big box stores.
Jim bought a small business a few years ago, a bar and grill, when it was barely functioning and turned it into a very successful operation. His philosophy was simple, “Provide a great product and excellent service and word-of-mouth takes care of the rest.”
What is the word-of-mouth for Carver County as far as business growth and development? Jim knows that if we want to develop a reputation for being a great place to start up a small business our administration needs to stand behind them. Jim says as it is right now, why would anyone choose to start up a business here when all they have to do is drive around the area and see the many empty buildings of those who tried and didn’t get the support they needed to stay in business? They are taxed to death and the remaining businesses are left holding the bag, expected to pick up the tax load. Word-of-mouth travels in the business world just as well as it does in the community. Carver County is not business friendly. We need an elected official who “gets it” and is 100 percent behind the small business owner.
Jim has owned his businesses, he’s been out talking to many business owners in the community and is continuing to do so. He knows this community needs a boost in the right direction and he will be committed to do more than lip service to get it done. Jim has a hobby farm here in Carver County and also one in South Dakota. He understands why many Minnesota businesses are moving their operations to South Dakota. Much better tax climate.
He wants to see businesses remain here in Minnesota by giving them the tax breaks and incentives they need to be able to do that. Jim has also been speaking to many farmers in the area and knows that farming is every bit as important a business to this community as any other.
I’ve known Jim Walter a long time. If he says he’ll get the job done, he’ll get it done. His campaign slogan is, “It’s Time.” It sure is!

John Meuwissen

Writer is proud to have Lynch as commissioner

To the editor:

I have had the pleasure of working with Commissioner Tim Lynch for the last six years. I have written this letter in order to draw a very important distinction between Commissioner Lynch and his opponent in the November election.
His opponent has tried to make the League of Women Voters the central issue of this election. He has stridently refused to come forward and answer questions because his extreme political views do not agree with his perception of the League. How do you think he will react to you if you disagree with him? I do not want to be represented by a man who cannot come to the table for a civil discussion, and I don’t think you do either.
Commissioner Lynch has always been willing to take a phone call, to ask and answer questions, to seek solutions, and explain the reasoning behind a decision.
He and I don’t always agree, but we are able to work together and come to an understanding and proceed in the best way possible. I have always seen him treat people with respect and a smile. Tim is the kind of person I am proud to have represent me.
I wholeheartedly endorse Commissioner Tim Lynch for another term. He has earned it. I hope you will join me in voting for him on Nov. 6.

Jim Sanborn
Waconia School Board (2006-2010)
Waconia City Council, Ward 1

Weygand would work hard for district citizens

To the editor:

It’s a beautiful fall day, I’m making breakfast and the phone rings. The caller asks if I could write a letter in support of Jim Weygand for State Senate. The answer was a resounding yes.
I met Jim Weygand shortly after he moved to Carver, watched as he became involved with community organizations, served as a Carver city councilman and then as mayor of Carver. Jim Weygand is a strong supporter of our area, he helped Carver through its rapid growth and helped bring Fleet Farm and the larger commercial area to Carver.
Jim Weygand is currently on the Carver County Library Board, the Board of The Community Foundation of Carver County, SD 112’ s Beacon Council and Carver’s Park and Recreation Board.
Jim Weygand has proven that he can work with multiple levels of government; he has proven that he can put party politics aside and listen to all sides of an issue; he has proven that our district is important to him and that he will work hard for us.
I urge you to vote for Jim Weygand on Nov. 6.

Beverly Simon

Weygand would provide positive leadership

To the editor:

I write in support of Jim Weygand as our state senator.
One needs only to reflect back to the summer of 2011 when the State government shutdown, caused by the inability of legislators to put policy over party politics, cost the State of Minnesota millions in lost revenue, the stoppage of services, the closing of state parks and workforce centers, on and on. The burden of the shutdown was felt by Minnesota families who lost wages, by businesses who held State contracts that were suspended. And all for what? Bragging rights for the “no-compromise-at–any-cost” title?
Jim Weygand is a dedicated and proven leader who believes in collaboration and is not caught up in the gridlock that prevents progress and genuine leadership. Jim Weygand’s opponent, Julianne Ortman, is not so fortunate. She brings with her the weight of in-fighting and resistance within her own party. Let us navigate our way forward by electing Jim Weygand, a progressive thinking and very positive leader.

Molly Koivumaki

Let’s work together to solve shared problems

To the editor:

My recent rebuttal to a Sept. 13, 2012 letter has elicited a response from the writer. To refresh those not familiar with the topic of the letters, I had responded to a claim that common ground could not be reached between Democrats and Republicans. Yet, the writer, having chosen to respond to my rebuttal, does in fact prove my simple point — when people of differing views take the time to exchange ideas, common ground can be found.
In this case, both of us feel strongly enough to take the time to urge our fellow readers to see our point of view as having some merit. Neither of us has given up our core values in the process. And the writer eludes to his dislike of “closed door sessions.” I agree. But I would remind the writer Republicans have had their share of closed door meetings as well. The writer also eludes to his dislike for the language used during political discourse.
I would agree to the point of more civil discourse — as we are having here.
However, I would again remind the writer that Republicans have also been known to use incendiary language. The case of then Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s GOPAC memo entitled “Language: A Key Mechanism of Control” in which he urged his fellow Republicans to call Democrats “traitors” along several other incendiary names.
The point I made was that only by people taking the time to discuss their differences can any hope for finding common ground be found.
Our country is based on people finding ways to work together. That is what makes us great and that makes me proud to be a citizen of the United States.
I don’t begrudge anyone’s core beliefs as I would expect others to respect mine. I do, however, begrudge others attempts to pervert our Democratic system of governance through “gridlock” because they don’t agree with how others are able to work together to find common ground to solve our shared problems.

Bryan Haugen

Walter offers a fresh start to county, District 5

To the editor:

County Commissioner Candidate, Jim Walter represents conservative thinking for Carver County. And, Walter believes that we, the citizens, need to be back in charge, so that the county works for us.
For too long, Jim Walter’s opponent Jim Ische has helped to raise more rules and regulations, taxes and penalties, making us jump through even more hoops. Ische has been on the board for so long that he has become a creature of county government and is responsible for much that has stifled so much economic growth, jobs and freedom in this county. He will certainly just give us more of the same in yet another term.
We get a fresh start with Jim Walter. He has run two successful businesses, and, like us, knows that our tax dollars are spent much too easily and quickly by the county. Walter will treat all constituents fairly and equally. He says waste and over-spending must stop so that this county answers to us, the tax payers, and we can succeed economically.
I’ve known Jim Walter for over 12 years, I know his character, I know his concern for the future of this area, and I have experienced the intelligent way he handles problems. You can choose more of the “same old” or jump at the chance to elect an extraordinary county commissioner.
For the betterment of Commissioner District 5, on Nov. 6, I will be voting for Jim Walter. Hope you will join me.

Carolyn Hoernemann
Norwood Young America

Chamber president promotes the city very well

To the editor:

Thanks to Kellie Sites, President of the Waconia Chamber, for all she does for the community.
She was the tour guide for Michele Bachmann on Monday (Oct. 1). Kellie promotes our town and area so great.
Thanks to all the people of the Art Wander. It was fabulous. Another great tourist event. It’s so fun to have these events.

Donna Frantz