Stop digging and apologize
Gov. Walz has wrongly besmirched a Ramsey County District Court Judge, John Guthmann, in a desperate attempt to cover up the poor performance of Walz’s own administration and attorneys in a lawsuit in which the government fired its litigation guns in 2021 at the fraudsters at Feeding our Future, and missed the target completely. The government attorneys forgot the cardinal rule for an infantryman or a litigation attorney — it is the rule of “ready, aim, fire.” They fired first and didn’t get ready or aim. Failure was bitter for all of us, since Walz’s administration unnecessarily lost more government funds to the fraudster army.
To practicing attorneys who actually go to court in Ramsey County, Judge Guthmann is regarded as an evenhanded judge of sound judgment, intellect, integrity, a balanced judicial temperament, qualities lacking in a governor who obviously has been misinformed when making a political hack attack that is unbelievably missing its target again.
Only one thing to do governor. Apologize now and stopping digging the hole you are in.
Ferdinand Peters, St. Paul
This scenic drive? Better do it this year
The trees are turning and it’s time for a scenic drive.
Take Highway 34 northeast of Detroit Lakes and drive towards Park Rapids. You’ll pass through the stunning Smoky Hills State Forest. Do it this year, however, for there is a proposal to log off many of the trees along the roadway this winter. “Safety” is the justification, but is there a better way?
Here’s the challenge for our engineers and technology companies: Enhance safety while preserving these very special places. Don’t our companies like 3M and Cargill have ideas on better road materials and chemicals?
The outcry of opposition from residents, the county and travelers should be more than enough to spark action.
Gov. Walz, as Minnesota’s leader, can you help stop this project and turn it into a prototype for the future before it’s too late?
Vern Whitten, Fargo
The voting season has begun in Minnesota. Some may need a few more weeks to determine for whom to vote, but based on many factors, my decision has been made.
As a veteran, one of my priorities is national defense, and our current administration has made the U.S. and the world more dangerous because of a poorly executed pullout from Afghanistan.
Illegal immigration over our southern border has been at an obscene level, seemingly allowing anyone who can make it through, entry into our country.
Inflation is at such a level that many aren’t able to afford the price of groceries. Gasoline, heating fuel and other petroleum product prices are hurting middle class Americans.
Crime has increased in major cities, to the point that citizens are afraid to go out, even in daylight hours.
The question is, how can anyone who is affected vote for the Democratic Party majority based on their performance over the past two years?
We will find out whether, in the year 2022, in the United States of America, that protecting the lives of babies in the womb was the “deal breaker.”
Jerry Wynn, St. Paul
The Sept. 21 Letter to the Editor referring to “the respected Woodbury/Cottage Grove League of Women Voters” is misleading. The League of Women Voters is not a non-ideological group. They support a broad, pro-Democratic Party agenda. Why would someone opposed to a broad Democratic Party agenda participate in a debate run by those who do support that agenda? Why bother?
Tom Acheson, Maplewood