Democrats have control in Minnesota. Stop taxing Social Security. – Twin Cities

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Full control? Do this

With Gov Walz in complete control of the Minnesota legislature and the direction of the Minnesota government, it’s time to protect our seniors from near-total financial disaster. Instead of the big news about legalizing weed, it’s time to stop taxing Social Security. No more excuses. You have billions of dollars to spare… cut taxes and give us our money back.

Dick Telke, Maplewood

What is stable and sustainable?

I think the entire legislature should read Edward Lotterman’s excellent column in Sunday’s Pioneer Press (“Structural or Cyclic in Budget Debates?”). It gives a very common sense picture of what should be done with the budget and surplus.

Dave Kuehn, Rosemount

Represent everyone

After the interim results were published, I looked at a state map showing the blue and red areas. The blue (DFL) areas were mainly in the metro of seven counties, while most of the outer areas were red (GOP).

The current total population of Minnesota is about 5,610,000 (most recent figures available) with the metro about 2,985,000 (54.7%) while the much larger (in terms of square miles) red area about 2,625,000 (or 45 .3%). That is a difference of about 360,800 people

My point is that re-elected Governor Walz is the leader of our entire state and charged with representing everyone, not just those who voted for him.

Governor, keep this in mind when making decisions that affect our entire beautiful state of Minnesota.

Bill Vilendrer, Lake St. Croix Beach

Go back to GOP basics

I’ve voted Republican since 1980, except this year. I voted for a Democratic senator in Wisconsin because Ron Johnson went insane and supported Donald Trump with his incitement movement in January 2020.

Due to the failure of the red wave that Trump supported and fought for, it didn’t work out because Trump’s allure is over.

GOP is now dropping the ridiculous stance on abortion and going back to the basics of the GOP.

Rick Fraser, Prescott

Election Integrity

There’s a good reason why nearly half of the American population surveyed believes President Trump won the 2020 election and that voter fraud is a major problem in our election system. Denying that this perception exists, or attacking those who hold this view, will not make the problem go away.

In fact, this vote integrity or perception problem was only exacerbated by the 2022 election, which again led to delayed vote counts in battleground states and the Democratic Party’s unwarranted refusal to allow voter identification requirements in our election system.

No democracy can survive when nearly half of its population thinks its elections are rigged, and all this could have been avoided with voter identification laws and sensible vote counting processes that take hours instead of weeks. After all, Florida has a population of about 20 million and their election process was completed on election night.

This election integrity issue should be one that both political parties can resolve. Unless, of course, the Democratic Party desires an unfair election system and cares nothing about reducing political divisions and partisan anger in America.

Corby Pelto, Minneapolis

I am missing an essential point

I read a lot of election analysis in this newspaper and other sources. The pundits, reporters and pundits comment almost endlessly on how and why Republicans and their party did or did not do this and how the Democratic Party did this or that and did nothing else.

Okay, interesting and most of all accurate. But I think they all miss one essential and important point. The voters.

We, the American voters, have done our job, fulfilled our civic duty. We watched and listened to the candidates. We have evaluated their credentials and their proposals. And then we chose candidates who we thought would do the best and most accurate job of representing our needs and views. Accurate? Perfect? Universal? Not by a long shot. I get it.

The reporters should recognize that most of us have fulfilled our civic duty by watching and voting for the candidates we believe will do the best job. We voted, in a free and fair election.

Carl Brookins, Roseville

Work to be One Minnesota

Thank you to Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan for their hard work in keeping us all safe, healthy and alive under the most trying circumstances. Shortly after their first election, they and all of us faced unprecedented challenges, including the novel coronavirus and the horrific murder of George Floyd and all the pain that followed.

Under their leadership, we have established systems to provide free vaccines to people in every part of our state, saving countless lives and preventing countless serious illnesses. In retrospect, could the schools have been reopened sooner? Maybe, although none of us know for sure. You made the choice to save the lives of children, their families and our communities, and for that I am grateful.

Thank you for the steady and caring leadership in times of turmoil and pain for communities of color and all communities in our state. In hindsight, could things have been handled differently so that fewer buildings burned down in those tragic days? Maybe, although none of us know for sure. What I do believe is that a more aggressive response to the anger we saw in those days and nights would very likely have resulted in many injuries and deaths, and for the avoidance of those worsening tragedies through stable and caring leadership, I am grateful .

Thank you to the people of Minnesota for giving Walz and Lanagan the opportunity and challenge to continue their work so that we can work together to truly be One Minnesota. We live in times of opportunity and challenge, and I commit to doing all I can to work with my fellow Minnesotans to realize this compelling, unifying vision.

Donald Gault, Roseville

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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