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Amy Wilde

Dassel, MN
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7 years 7 weeks

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Posted on 10/10/14 at 10:48 am in response to For first time in years, Collin Peterson's seat is a battleground

Peterson is my congressman and while I haven't agreed with him on every vote, he's a decent guy and nobody in Washington knows more about rural issues. The ads against him are mostly about his mileage perks (in such a large district, ANYONE, including Westrom (who would also need to hire a driver) would spend just as much and the attacks related to Medicare are based on an editorialist's opinion about Peterson back in 1995. Since Peterson has been in office, Medicare has only been...

My major concern about candidate Severson is not that he claims God told him to run, but that he "grandstanded" at the MN State Fair with a false claim that the current SOS was not counting soldiers' votes. That claim is not true; any election judge will tell you that all absentee ballots (including those cast by military personnel) are run through the machines at the same time on election day. The only reason some soldiers' votes aren't counted is because some military personnel who are...

Posted on 04/09/14 at 11:10 am in response to How a Hennepin County DFL endorsing convention collapsed

As a former elected county commissioner myself, in a different county (4 terms), I am against party endorsement of candidates for supposedly nonpartisan offices. Let the people decide in the primary. In this particular seat, then two nonpartisan Democrats would probably face each other in the general election. Which is OK. Endorsing one candidate gives too much power to political insiders, especially in "safe" one-party-dominant districts like this one. Keep local government nonpartisan.

Posted on 12/03/12 at 09:40 pm in response to No amendment allowed: A constitutional problem we’re stuck with

A similar compromise is alive & well within the bylaws of a number of "joint powers" boards within Minnesota. These include special education boards formed by independent school districts, the regional library boards, watershed districts, and a number of other entities. I have sat on several of these boards & they operate remarkably well. A few make some attempt to equalize population, by awarding an extra representative based on population exceeding a certain amount, but most retain...

Posted on 11/30/12 at 07:30 pm in response to Liberals double down: No entitlement cuts

I truly support preserving benefits for those under a certain income, but it is counterproductive for ANY congressman to draw lines in the sand and keep any program sacrosanct. There is no program or dept which could not be scrutinized or reorganized to save money thru various efficiencies. Drawing lines in the sand only aggravates the other side of the aisle. Stop grandstanding, please, whether you are conservative or liberal! This is not what we elected you to do.

The children of alcoholics & recovering drug addicts & former prison inmates need food, clothing & shelter. What happens to the children of these folks if their parents (who usually can't find a decent job because of their backgrounds) also can't obtain food stamps or medical care?
But the REAL problem with extensive testing is more a matter of logistics and cost effectiveness. Companies that hire drivers or nurses don't mind investing $35 to screen a new employee. But when...

Posted on 04/04/12 at 08:20 pm in response to Dayton touts health care savings, pleads ignorance of tipboard gambling

Um, I don't think Mr. Johnson realizes that the "savings" that Gov. Dayton is referring to is NOT from excess profits from private individuals or even state employees who are covered under these non-profit HMOs. He's talking about the Medicaid (or Medical Assistance and Minnesota Care) clients who are served by state contracts with these HMOs. It is TAXPAYERS who pay those premiums, not paying consumers, so the refunds should go back to the taxpayer-funded state agency that foots the bill....

Posted on 11/05/11 at 07:56 am in response to 'Ethnic capital': Economist Bruce Corrie talks about its power

When I visit the Twin Cities & regional centers, I have noticed that many retail storefront businesses in older neighborhoods are owned and/or operated by immigrants. These older buildings and these communities are often neglected by mainstream, white-dominated business & banks, but the immigrants appear to have accessed financing, employed themselves & their relatives & friends, and become successful. They are meeting needs within their families & communities. It...

Posted on 08/15/11 at 06:16 pm in response to It's a post-T-Paw world

perhaps too many Iowans realized that Gov. Pawlenty left Minnesota with a $6 billion deficit that the next governor and legislature had to fix.

Posted on 08/04/11 at 09:53 am in response to Minnesota's county highway funding system supports roads to nowhere

as a recently retired rural county commissioner, I found your article interesting, but not complete. Most county boards (including mine) have made small adjustments to their CSAH designations over the years, based on changing traffic patterns. For example, the closing of an elevator or bulk milk plant may reduce truck traffic, while the opening of an ethanol plant or new school may increase traffic on a specific county road. My county (Meeker) made at least three CSAH "swaps" during the 14...