To the editor:

I attended the town hall conducted by Sen. Greg Clausen and Reps. Robert Bierman and John Huot on July 29. It was of particular interest to me, as I am the chair of Senate District 57 for the GOP and these gentlemen could be considered opponents. Nevertheless, they are also my representatives and I am concerned for my family and neighbors.

Can’t say that I’m surprised by anything that was discussed but I would categorize my feelings as greatly disheartened. It is my responsibility to share some concerns.

I give them kudos on sticking to their party’s line and having personal passions for the platforms of the Democratic Party. All of them sing loudly from the same sheet of music. Unfortunately, for the constituency, it’s not a happy tune.

Bottom line, according to our Democratic representatives: money will solve all our issues, climate is synonymous with crisis, people are going to die without government intervention, the Minnesota Health and Human Services investigation is “complicated” and there has been “finger-pointing.”

I can’t help but reflect what “Minnesota Values” are now. After all, Senate District 57 did vote for these Democrats and they are promoting: a fossil-free state, health care as a “human right,” more spending in schools, more spending for health and human services (even though it is now one-third of the current Minnesota budget). As the slogan goes, “it’s for the future … for the children … it’s an investment!”

Many in the audience were enthusiastic. Obviously, I’m not. My Minnesota values are: independence, freedom, neighbors working toward reasonable resolutions; not expecting the government to solve our issues by throwing more money at everything. Climate is not a crisis, it’s a scam. When there’s taxpayer fraud, someone should go to jail. Finger-pointing works if there are crimes and explaining it as a “typical problem within a bureaucracy” isn’t enough.

Those who don’t know what these Democrats are working for, they need to find out the details. Otherwise, they are going to be very cold in Minnesota — physically, financially and morally.

Sharon Peterson


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