1-30-14 CCN Letters to the Editor

FFA crop plot provides lessons all around

 To the editor:

My wife Patti and I recently read the Article in the Carver County News about the FFA plot on Ed and Sue Foley’s land, and we wanted to commend them for their most charitable and beneficial contribution to our young “Future Farmers” in the area.

Ed, and Sue’s benevolence and generosity certainly sets a good example for us all. In stark contrast to the “Gimee more free stuff” mentality we see so much of these days, their philanthropic attitude, again, provides an inspirational example for us all to follow. Through this experience these young people not only learned more about Agricultural Technology, but, just as importantly, they’re sure to have learned lessons in business, the value of hard work, and personal responsibility. Hopefully, this experience is a building block for their future.

Thanks to both of them, once again, for their generosity and caring.

Randy and Patti Cordes

Watertown

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Now is the time to do more than complain about politics

 To the editor:

Welcome to 2014, an election year for Governor, and all statewide officers. In addition, one of our two U.S. Senators, the entire U.S. House delegation, and all seats in the Minnesota House of Representatives will be on the ballot.

Many are unhappy with current politics and many of our politicians. Now is the time to do more than complain. On Feb. 4, the three major parties and possibly the minor parties will hold local precinct caucuses. This is an opportunity for citizens to get involved in the direction and leadership of their parties. Caucuses are a great device to encourage citizens involvement in their parties, but if turnout is low then the caucus and eventually the party can be dominated by those representing minority viewpoints.

So what happens at the caucus? Below I have included a section from the Minnesota Secretary State’s web site that explains what happens at the caucuses. The website also will help you find the time and location of your caucus.

What happens at the caucus?

1. Elect precinct officers who work to organize political activities in the precinct. This could include maintaining contact lists, convening political meetings and helping with campaign efforts.

2. Discuss issues and ideas for the party to support. People may bring ideas, called resolutions, to be voted on. People usually bring a typed or handwritten copy of their resolution.

3. Vote for the person you want the party to support for governor or president. This is called the straw poll, which is an informal poll to learn how much support each candidate has. Candidates are officially chosen at future meetings, called conventions.

4. Elect delegates to represent your precinct at upcoming political conventions that are held during an election year.

In addition, the SOS website also points out the “Precinct caucuses are open to the public.” But to participate in the caucus procedures you must:

• Be eligible to vote in the fall election.

• Live in the precinct.

• Be in general agreement with the principles of the political party.

I understand that attending the caucuses and party conventions require more effort than most of us want to expend, but if we want our democracy to survive and thrive, then it is up to citizens to put forward that effort. We have to realize that allowing fringe politics to control our parties has led to the gridlock that we have seen at both our national and state government.

Jim Weygand

Carver

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