11-29-12 CCN Letters to the Editor

School district’s article submissions provide useful, interesting info

To the editor:

I would like to thank the school district and the Carver County News for the “Royal Happenings” section. It is interesting for us to hear about how the new iPads are being implemented in the various departments and classrooms.

As a taxpayer who no longer has students in the school system, I don’t hear much about what is going on at school, but I feel that education of our students is very important to all of us, and we need to know what is taking place. As a real estate agent, the progressiveness of our district is a real selling point. Please keep the information coming!

Mary Ann Hoppe

Maple Plain        


Accountability must rest on county commissioners

To the editor:

Yes, I will apologize to commissioners Mr. Tim Lynch and Mr. Ische. I was a bit short with the information regarding the sale of the skid loader. However, I still believe the letter that I wrote in the Oct. 18th edition of the newspaper was not misleading. I find it odd that a taxpayer who shows other voters in his county how fiscal responsibility is lacking should apologize!

County government has put itself where it doesn’t belong using our tax dollars.

The ballroom business and senior living are two good examples. Both of these businesses belong in the private sector. This would give us two more businesses, more private sector jobs and a broader tax base. This type of a mindset also will shrink Carver Country government. I feel that homeowners and property owners and small business owners can relate to this.

It is amazing to note all the foreclosures listed in the paper for years now. This tells me that those of us remaining will have to pick up on the taxes required to run county government. It is very important that “We the People” watch what our local Carver County government departments are doing. Some of this accountability must rest its head on the shoulders of our commissioners.

Another area that our local government can apologize is in its lack of respect for wetlands.

I and others have noted how housing is allowed to sit on top of wetlands. The importance of wetlands is in water filtering, wild life and recreational uses. Good drinking water is important to most county residents.

Another good example of this lack of respect for wetlands is the placement of the radio tower in Hollywood township. The tower was placed almost in the center of a wetland area. This is a county project that both Mr. Lynch and Mr. Ische were involved with. For most of Carver County residents the radio tower business is a mystery. Can you, Mr. Lynch and Mr. Ische, apologize for not keeping us informed about ownership of the radio tower, the deals that were made with John Linder, and the lease payment that county government makes each year?

Win or lose, we the taxpayers have the right to know.

Mark Wickenhauser

Waconia Township