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January 20th

Dayton’s proposed bonding lacking

Gov. Mark Dayton rolled a proposed $1.4 billion bonding proposal last week.
We applaud the fact that Dayton’s proposal was pretty even-handed in terms of geography: 35 percent to the metro area, 35 percent to Greater Minnesota, and 30 percent that could be considered “statewide.”
But scrolling through the list of proposals, there is remarkably little listed under “transportation.” Most of Dayton’s proposed improvements are for facility improvements, some for rail and the rest for port authorities.

Commissioner: national convention is beneficial

To the Editor:
I want to thank Mr. Bobier for his letter to the editor on Jan. 6, 2016, allowing me the opportunity to address the importance of McLeod County’s involvement in the National Association of Counties (NACo).

Commissioner clarifies travel policy, expenses

To the Editor:
Although I am not normally one to get involved in the “war of the words,” I must attempt to correct some false statements made by an individual on county expenses and our last Truth in Taxation hearing.

Wading into the political manure

As a retired editorial writer, it has been difficult to just sit on the sidelines as the presidential candidates continue ranting and raving about each other and the other party’s hopefuls. I was hoping the field would be culled to a workable number by now but, sadly, it has not. Political ambitions and egos die hard.
I also hoped the unfolding “reality political show” would have petered out by now, too. Not so. Americans love reality TV, and apparently reality political show sound bites keep many of us riveted to our tubes.

Government must work better

Whoever wins November’s presidential election, it’s a sure bet that at some point he or she will vow to set the federal government on the straight and narrow. Maybe the new president will even resort to the time-honored pledge to create a government “as good as the people.” It’s a bracing sentiment. But you’ll want to take it with a grain of salt.

Pizza & Play

GSL spelling bee

First Lutheran geography bee

Girls' hoop team still at .500

Boys' cagers have tough week