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Politics potpourri

February 17th, 2010

Pardon this split personality of this column. I had two ideas bouncing around my brain, and they both get a little time this week.

Come Together, Right Now

The day after Minnesota held caucuses, I read a headline that said that the Greens and Independents believe this is their time to shine.

I hope it’s true.

I hope members of many so-called “third parties” are taken seriously. I think it would be good for all of us.

With only two major parties, politics and government have become polarized. “Left or right” has become “us or them,” and even, “right or wrong.”
Well, to coin a phrase: there’s more than two ways to skin a cat.
The more voices, the more ideas, the more faces at the table, the better!
We need to move beyond simple bi-partisanship to multi-partisanship.

This land is our land

I offer my thanks to Governor Pawlenty for his effort to preserve the shores of Lake Vermilion for use as a state park.
I’m not a fan of the Governor. I have not agreed with many things he has done and I don’t agree with most of what he says.

However, I am grateful to the Governor for negotiating on behalf of the State to buy about 3,000 undeveloped acres near Lake Vermilion, including five miles of waterfront, wetlands, hardwood and softwood forests from U.S. Steel.
Given the State’s financial woes, I surprised that the Governor is considering spending money on this project. The governor and I agree that preserving

Lake Vermilion for all of us to enjoy—not just the elite who can afford lake homes—is worth the effort and the cost.
All together now (With apologies to Mr. Guthrie):
This land is your land.
This land is my land.
From from Cook and Orr to Tower-Soudan.
From the hardwood forest to the natural wetlands.
This land was made for you and me.

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