The following letters to the editor appeared in the Oct. 18 edition of the Carver County News:
Mann responds regarding legal matter with city
Editor’s Note: While letters to the editor are not generally accepted from political candidates during election season, this letter was allowed because it was in direct response to a letter that ran in last week’s paper.
To the editor:
Laurie and I appreciate the opportunity to respond to last week’s letter regarding Carver County’s potential acquisition of a prime portion of our homestead property. My family and I have lived in our home for over 30 years. As part of the County’s construction of the CSAH 10 roundabout, the County altered our front yard and driveway, and proposed to chop down a beautiful 40-foot tall Spruce Evergreen.
As part of the County’s construction project, the County hired an appraiser to come up with what it claimed to be the damages to our property. The County also advised us of our legal right to have a separate appraisal prepared, with the County promising to reimburse us for up to $1,500 for the cost of the appraisal.
The County’s appraisal was less than $2,000, which we felt was simply unrealistic. This was confirmed by our own appraiser, who determined that the damages to our property were more than 10 times the County’s appraisal.
In an effort to resolve the dispute over the damages that we sustained as a result of this joint County-City construction project, our attorney sent a letter to the City of Watertown in December 2011, to put the city on notice of our claim. We have not started any lawsuit against either the County or the City, and hope this matter can be resolved through mediation with the County and the City’s insurance carrier.
I do find it rather ironic that this issue has come up less than a month before the Mayoral election. If Mr. Olson had contacted me, I would have certainly told him all of the above facts.
Rick and Laurie Mann
DFL chair offers support for Weygand, Pickering
To the editor:
As DFL chair for Senate District 47, I wish to share the good news with the voters in the district that the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party is offering two excellent candidates for state office. Jim Weygand, the former mayor of Carver, is running for the State Senate. Keith Pickering of Watertown is running to represent the western part of the district in the State House of Representatives.
In working with them I have seen two citizens step forward to serve the people totally out of concern for the welfare of the public and to provide a choice for voters. If they had not done so, Democrats and Independents would not have had candidates to consider as choices. A one party situation would not be good!
It was very inspiring to us active in the DFL in this area to see these two candidates step forward with courage and commitment in a conservative leaning community. May we all be thankful for that and vote.
DFL Chairman for Senate District 47
Washburn’s leadership would be asset to Council
To the editor:
I am giving my support to Steve Washburn in his bid for city council in Watertown. I have had the fortune of knowing Steve for over 35 years and he is a man of character and integrity who has the leadership and vision to help Watertown thrive in the years ahead.
Steve has been a resident of Watertown since 1999. During that time, he and his wife Theresa have become ingrained in the local fabric of Watertown. They are raising three children, are active members of the Immaculate Conception Church, and know first hand what makes Watertown a great place to live.
Steve stands for keeping the small town charm of Watertown while helping businesses grow. He believes in making sure we have a downtown while keeping our taxes low and limiting the size of government. Steve possesses common sense and will request the views of the public in developing a long-term vision for the community.
Steve is a hardworking individual who has been a leader all of his life, whether it was many years ago in activities like student government and FFA or today as a planning commissioner and manager for large commercial security system installations.
I encourage all residents to vote for Steve this fall.
Writer supports Johnson for Watertown mayor
To the editor:
I support Charlotte Johnson for Mayor because I have worked with her for years on the historical society and have seen first hand her strength in leadership. I also support Charlotte because she possesses a Master’s Degree in business and marketing, she has been a respected leader in numerous capacities during her lifetime, had a career in education for thirty-five years, and is immensely devoted to the current and future success of Watertown.
I would also like to highlight the non-political characteristics of Charlotte Johnson. I believe the following attributes, all too often overlooked in politics, are the most important traits our future representative can possess. Charlotte Johnson is one of the kindest, most genuine, generous, and ethical people I know. She has truly been blessed with emotional intelligence and a nurturing spirit.
One example of her kind nature was on a very hot day two summers ago, my eight year old son and I were out on a long bike ride. We rode past Charlotte’s house where she was doing some work on her front porch. Charlotte insisted on getting us cold water. She brought out not only two cold bottles of water but also a cold washcloth for my son’s forehead! She’s just that way. This story was just one simple example of how Charlotte gives more than what is necessary.
Due to her love for and belief in humanity as well as her leadership and business experience, I believe Charlotte Johnson offers our community an excellent balance. Please support our community by voting for Charlotte Johnson as the next Mayor of Watertown.
Reasons to limit marriage freedom
To the editor:
Some reasons to limit the freedom to marry:
1. Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like polyester, air conditioning, and eyeglasses.
2. Gay marriage will encourage other people to be gay, the same way hanging around tall people will make you tall.
3. Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior; people may even wish to marry their pets, seeing as a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.
4. Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of marriages like Kim Kardashian’s would be destroyed.
5. The only valid marriages are those which produce children. Gay couples, the elderly, and infertile couples shouldn’t be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren’t full yet, and the world needs more children.
6. Obviously gay parents would raise gay kids, since straight parents only raise straight kids.
7. Children can never succeed without both a male and female role model at home. That’s why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.
8. Gay marriage isn’t supported by religion. In America, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why we’re a theocracy, right?
Writer supports Lynch in Dist. 4
To the editor:
I am writing in support of Commissioner Tim Lynch. I have been able to meet Tim many times over the last four years as my husband has served on the Waconia City Council and has interacted with Tim.
Tim is a thoughtful leader who takes time to listen to concerns and then follows up with you after you have spoken.
I have seen Tim conduct himself in a calm, considerate manner even when being pressed on issues in the various meetings I have seen him in. Tim is a person that I trust to represent me on the county board.
I have also seen his competitor in similar meetings and can only say that he does not have the temperament that will stand up well under the stress of being a community leader. He shouts at people when he feels that his point is not being agreed with, and becomes belligerent; this is not something I think we want in a county commissioner.
The thing I like about Tim the most is his transparency, honesty, and his responsibility. He will take on issues head on, and not shirk his accountability to the public.
Because I want someone who represents me on the county board, I’m voting for Tim Lynch.
Johnson has experience needed to be mayor
To the editor:
I first met Charlotte Johnson when she began writing her history of Watertown, and quickly learned that she is extremely intelligent, hard-working and diligent, and loves Watertown and its people. I also can’t think of anyone who knows more about our town and its citizens.
Charlotte Johnson also brings years of hands on experience and insight, in business, education and local government. And, perhaps most importantly, at a time when we all want to see government work more efficiently and effectively, she will not shy away from questioning how and where our city’s money is spent, and whether we are indeed managing our resources responsibly and wisely, for the benefit of all.
We all know how much K.J. McDonald loved Watertown, and can rest assured that Charlotte Johnson does as well. And so, Charlotte Johnson is my choice for Mayor of Watertown, and I hope she will be your choice too.
In support of new county candidates
To the editor:
We as “The People” of Carver County have a mission of restoring the “mind set” of morals, principles and fiscal responsibilities to our government center.
This mission is already under way with campaigning in each of our five commissioner districts. I write in support of our new candidates Frank Long in #4, Jim Walter in #5 and Vince Beaudette in commissioner district #3. Each of these men have the mind set that it will take as we go about the mission of restoring morals, principles, and fiscal responsibilities in our government center.
The Dakota Rail Trail, the fiber cable, the ballroom, The Flower Shop, The Hollywood Radio Tower, The Rumble strips on Co. Rd. 10, Internal sale of Bobcat, are 10 years worth of examples of a lack of being fiscally responsible with our tax dollars.
It is time that we retire the old commissioners so that they can enjoy their pensions payed by our tax dollar! I ask that on Nov. 6 all voters join in on this mission to restore Carver County government by casting your vote depending on your district 3, 4, 5, Frank Long, Jim Walter, and Vince Beaudette.
Religious beliefs should not be imposed on civic matters
To the editor:
I am a faithful Catholic. I graduated from a Catholic high school and a Catholic college. I have served on the school board of St. Joseph Catholic School and I am an active parishioner at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waconia.
I believe my sacramental marriage is so much more than civil marriage, but both are called “marriage.” To me, the sacrament of Holy Matrimony is much more than civic marriage, so let’s keep our focus on our sacramental bond and leave the civic definition alone.
Our faith teaches us to form a conscience based in morality. Our faith teaches us to fight for dignity of all human life, regardless of sin. We are all sinners in God’s eyes. I am not confused or duped by those who oppose this dangerous constitutional amendment, as suggested by my priest’s recent homily.
I am disappointed that our Mother Church has entered the fray that interferes with the religious freedom of others. It has been extremely disheartening to see Archbishop Neinstedt abuse his position of authority within our Church to pedal influence on a civil matter that impacts the constitutional rights of all citizens. Ask yourself what precedent this would set. What if a Mormon or Islamic belief were being proposed for adoption into our civic constitution? What about other Christian churches who recognize and support same-sex couples? Our religious freedom is only protected if we also allow the religious freedom of others.
Our state Constitution is a civic document that is intended to protect rights and should never be used to deny liberty, freedom or equality to another based on a religious belief. Our country is based on liberty, justice and freedom for all human beings. Dignity, respect, equality, justice, liberty and freedom are indeed human rights!
It’s amazing to envision a society that values all of its people, a true Christian value. The old saying, ‘What Would Jesus Do’ is so simple, yet such a powerful reminder of our humanity and constant struggle to choose Jesus’s message of love, forgiveness and selfless service to others. He doesn’t call us to play God and judge others. In my experience investigating child abuse and neglect, and working with families to provide safety and stability to children, I have met loving same-sex couples who took in and raised children and I’ve seen these children flourish. I have also been discouraged by so many households of married moms and dads who do not show love, commitment, dignity and respect for each other, let alone their children. It’s not the definition of marriage that needs fixing or protecting; it’s our thoughts and our actions that need fixing!
When I hear our young adults talk about this marriage amendment, it gives me hope. Many compare it to historical accounts of various civil rights movements such as slavery and voting rights. I truly hope its our generation of faithful Christians who courageously vote no and defeat this hurtful and discriminatory amendment, but if not, I trust it will not be long for the next generation to correct it and be on the right side of history.
It took courageous white men and women to extend human rights to blacks.
It took courageous Catholics to extend the Sacrament of Matrimony to inter-faith couples.
It took courageous Catholics to extend the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony to inter-racial couples.
It took courageous men to extend human rights to women.
And it continues to take courageous citizens, straight or otherwise, to stand up for the civil rights of everyone!
It is time for courageous Catholics and others to stand up and fight for the rights and freedom for ALL citizens to enter into a civil contract regardless of their sexual orientation.
Our religious belief regarding homosexual acts should not interfere with our religious belief of justice, dignity of human life and Free Will of every individual.
We are not God. We are all God’s children. We are all called to show His great love in all we do. We must meet people where they are at in their spiritual life. The best way to “protect marriage and family” is to live it in our own actions, not by denying others the right to civil marriage. Please join me in courageously voting NO!
May God bless ALL families,
Leanne Pouliot Kunze