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Off the Editor’s Desk – 10-29-2014

As anyone who has read this column knows, I am very interested in the political process that takes place in this country. Having said that, I watched most of the advertising that is aided or printed regarding the upcoming midterm election next week.

 Watching the ads air over TV in both Minnesota and Wisconsin political races, I have come to the conclusion that the Democratic Party wants us to believe that anyone that has money is evil. Ads supporting Burke over Walker for Wisconsin governor say that his supporters are “Crony’s”.

I just want to let everyone know that the people with the money are the ones that pay the taxes, that support our schools, build our country for the rest of us to enjoy and most of all they employ people.

Joe Soucheray, a columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press stated back on October 12 that, “sure are getting fed great heaping portions of the old class warfare manure.”

Soucheray was discussing the Minnesota congressional race between Rick Nolan and Steward Mills. Mills is from the family that owns the Mills Fleet Farm chain of stores. Soucheray commented, “If you are of Nolan’s mind, all wealth is suspect because that plays well with the uninformed.”

According to Soucheray, Mills is a 42-year-old father of five, who works for the family business, which has 34 stores and employs 6,000 people.

When I was young and in high school, we all talked about what we were going to do for a job, not only after we grew up, but also what summer work could we find to make some money. We never thought of looking to the government for a paycheck.

Now, if you are one that professes the evil of money, I would ask if you shop at Wal-Mart or any other big box stores? In case you don’t know, the profit that those big stores make goes right into the pockets of some the richest people in the world. I would suggest you shop at your local business places and that will keep your money circulating within the community.

A couple of other things I would like to discuss are the need for election reform and that is the need for voter ID. I recently learned that in a southern state many hundreds of people voted using early voting privileges. Those people were not citizens, and may have been here illegally, but they did have government ID cards.

Last week in our church bulletin was a flyer about giving blood. The flyer indicated that a driver’s license or a blood donor’s card was needed. There is nothing wrong with asking if you are a legal voter.

And one finally thought and encouragement to go to the polls next Tuesday is a comment by U.S. Representative from Texas by the name of Louie Rohmer, who stated: “We have deserved Barack Obama as a nation, because conservatives stayed home.”

Thanks for reading! — Carlton