11-15-12 Waconia Patriot Letters to the Editor
Let’s work together as Waconia moves forward
To the editor:
The election is over, ballots have been cast and counted, and now that we are done exercising our privilege and right to vote, your elected leaders resume the work of doing what you hired us to do.
In the four years I have been serving on the council I have always said that “I work for you.” If you have watched us on public access, or attended one of our council meetings, you have heard me say those words. I want you to know that they are not just words to me, I really mean it. Because I work for you, I consider the election season to be a periodic job interview.
I’m grateful that you chose to rehire me as Mayor, and I look forward to working on the important issues our community has ahead of us. Your priorities are my priorities, your needs become my projects, and I want to remind you that I love getting your calls, emails, and text messages, and enjoy sitting across from you in a casual meeting so I can address your concerns.
Our community has so many things going on that we deal with at the council level. From roads to economic development, snow plowing to water towers, and literally hundreds of other issues. To best represent you, we do our research, listen to citizen advisory boards, call on you, ask questions at our “In the Neighborhood” meetings, and chat with you as we bump into you around town.
Please know that those aren’t the only way to let us know what you think. If you have something to share, please call me or email me or one of the council members. We really do want to listen and help.
Like the other members of the council, I’m just one person. I’m a Waconia resident, a parent, a spouse, and yet I’m tasked with making decisions that affect us all. We try hard to think through every vote, every decision, and every tax dollar spent. You may not agree with our decisions, and honestly we don’t always agree among ourselves about every aspect of every issue either. But we are obligated to make a decision and move forward, because forward is the only direction in which we can afford to go.
Nostalgia often makes us crave what we knew as younger people. We wish things were the way we knew them to be in high school, or as kids, and as much as we wish that were the case, we can’t recreate that reality.
Our city is not like was when you or I moved here. It has changed within and around us. We have added thousands of new residents in recent years. Fields that we used to play in as kids now contain houses, roads have gotten busier, and businesses have come and gone. New friends have moved to town, and others have left.
Our community’s make-up is vastly different than even when my family moved here 10 years ago, and it will see more change as time passes. We ourselves have changed and although we remember the way we were, we know we must adapt to the changes ahead of us.
Local government is a reflection of our community. Some are lifelong residents, some have lived here for 10-15 plus years, and some are new to town. We all have different histories, but we share a common future. We are part of Waconia because we all call Waconia “home,” love it, and want what’s best for the community. We choose to live here because we see what a unique and wonderful place it is, and because we like having each other as neighbors.
New neighbors are joining our community all the time. Even in uncertain economic times, Waconia is on pace to add nearly 100 new homes in 2012. We have much to offer them. Will you please help to make Waconia a great place to call “home” for everyone who chooses to live here?
I as your Mayor will do my best, and I respectfully request the help of all Waconia residents with this effort.
Mayor of Waconia
Election signals state of ‘producers,’ ‘takers’
To the editor:
The crushing defeat by the Democrats nationwide serves to highlight our current state of affairs. Pundits, pollsters and politicians will analyze the results for a long time. However for me one aspect is very clear.
I have written many times that this would be a battle between the “producers and takers.” It is clear a “tipping point” has been reached whereby the producers are outnumbered by those who prefer to sit in the wagon. They have come to expect that re-distribution policies will continue unabated. What was once a “safety net” to aid those in temporary need now has become a generational way of life. The “takers” have re-elected a president, a party and a philosophy to ensure their comforts while occupying the wagon. It remains to be seen how long the “producers” will be willing to work for the unproductive class.
It is also very apparent that the “wagon people” have little understanding or appreciation as to what economic potential exists in this country. They have no desire to engage in a vigorous attempt to improve their economic standing and self worth. Rather they seem reticent to be supervised by a willing “nanny state” government. The sources for this “class warfare” view must be identified and changed!
The country now faces many dire economic realities. I expect the politicians to water down their approach to the coming “fiscal cliff.” I look for some taxes to rise and others to be delayed, a paltry financial reform effort and the debt ceiling to rise. The Fed will continue to print fiat dollars in order to feed the Wall Street addiction. Governmental policies will continue to add to the depth of the impending train wreck with continued spending. All this while we all wait for the next nightmare: the full implementation of Obamacare. Look for inflation to rear up at some point as well.
In fact, while writing this piece, it was announced that Sen. Reid (D) is willing to raise the debt ceiling another $2.4T to a whopping $18.79T in a few months. This on top of a previous increase of $2.4T in Aug. 2011, just 15 months ago! And so it goes.
In Minnesota, the Democrats took back control of the House and Senate. Add a socialist Governor and you have a recipe for higher taxes, more regulations and a negative business climate. Minnesotans will be on the bubble for the next two years as the Dems work their “magic.” I also expect them to use this time in an attempt to codify same sex marriage. You can bet that a euphoric legislature will play the “bipartisanship” game to their advantage.
From school boards to Congress, many difficult decisions must be made. Elections matter and I am not optimistic we can work through this. The next generation has a difficult life ahead of them as the crisis unfolds.
For me, there appears to be little value in continuing to post any more comments in this format. The effort was made but a different course has been charted. One can only sit back and watch as the American Experiment unfolds into a Euro-style socialist morass.
I pray that God will continue to bestow his blessings on this country as we struggle to re-define our values and place in the world. I hope you will do the same.
Candidates, voters showed civility during race
To the editor:
The election is over and my run for the State Senate in SD 47 was unsuccessful. I would like to offer my congratulations to Sen. Ortman on her successful campaign. I think both of us ran good campaigns about issues rather than the negative campaigns seen in many areas.
We should all show appreciation to all those who voted as we again had a large turn out. It is honor to live in a community and state that takes its civic responsibility to heart. Let me add that I appreciated the polite treatment that I received from residents whether they supported me or not. I enjoyed the many opportunities to discuss issues with those who had questions or concerns.
Let me close with some comments about candidate forums. One of the toughest jobs as a candidate is communicating your ideas and views to the voters. Candidate forums provide one tool for communicating with voters.
Sen. Ortman and I participated in four candidate forums, and I would like to thank the following groups for their efforts running the forums: Deer Run Homeowners Group, League of Women Voters of Eastern Carver County, Waconia Rotary, Waconia Chamber of Commerce, Waconia Patriot, and the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Kudos to all who participated in democracy
To the editor:
We congratulate voters in our community for their participation in our living, breathing democracy. Whatever their position, participation is a key to our democracy. The pictures of lines of voters across the country, affirm our democracy is alive and well.
The League of Women Voters’ mission is to encourage informed and active participation in government.
Our local community participated in LWVECC candidate forums, voter registration events at high schools and community celebrations, and vote related educational events. Voter guides, with nonpartisan candidate information, were available at many local venues.
There will always be more to be done as we continue the process of democracy in America. We invite community members to join the work to safeguard democracy. For information on joining these nonpartisan efforts contact www.lwvmn.org/Local -Leagues.asp. Together we can keep our communities strong, healthy, and vibrant.
Thank you, for participating in the process.
LWV Eastern Carver County