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9-21-18


I read a lot of newspapers, listen to and watch a lot of news, so I keep waiting to see if any news has come out on what the $804 million our Congress costs is getting us. That comes to nearly $3 for every man, woman and child in this country. Are we getting our money's worth? H... no!
There are 535 members of Congress in both the House and Senate. For most members, just their salary costs us $174,000 a month. They passed a new law that they don't have to move to give themselves raises, a committee does that so they don't get the hassle. Oh, yeah, for the speaker and president of the Senate, they get $193,400 a year. Of course, that doesn't cover all their benefits such as a dining room that serves fantastic meals at a fraction of the cost, a credit union that these members of Congress have used as their own private ATM, the ability to fly first class at our expense, a huge office staff to do their work, membership in the top clubs at what cost???, and more. Now, do they put in the same 50-week work schedule that most Americans do? Forget it!
So, what have these august leaders of our country been doing lately? Well, they have a nominee for the Supreme Court in Brett Kavanaugh whom the attorneys I have talked with feel he was born to be on the Supreme Court. Instead of being pleased that Pres. Donald Trump has found such a well-qualified person for our top court, nearly half of the 535 members of Congress have been fighting his nomination, making unfounded remarks and basically treating him and his family like they are the dregs of society. Is this how we treat people of Kavanaugh's stature? In case you didn't know it, Minnesota's two senators, Klobuchar and Smith, are in the forefront of denying him this post. Their main reason, really, is that Trump nominated him and they are still mad that Trump beat "Jail Her" Hillary. They just can't be good losers.
This hasn't always been the case. Ruth Bader Ginsberg was approved 99-0 and she is as opposite as a person can be from most Republicans. The feeling used to be that the people elected the president and he or she should have the right to pick the person for any Supreme Court opening.
Now, what has Trump done since he took office to upset these people? Well, he has this nation at as close to full employment as it can be. Americans have more money thanks to his tax cuts. The government is also taking in more money. Large companies are bringing their surplus back to this country. We are regaining our manufacturing status, something Barack Hussein Obama said would never happen. He applied tariffs so we are on the same playing field as other countries and the European Union has already worked to make things even. Mexico has agreed to rewrite the disastrous NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) and don't be surprised when Canada does the same. He has brought home the bodies of 200 of our Missing In Action who died during the Korean War. North Korea has stopped testing nuclear weapons and said they want to denuclearize the Korea Peninsula. He is on a roll to depoliticize the IRS and the FBI. There is much more that he has done.
Now, what has Congress done for $804 million? Well, they had a fit because Trump had an affair while single many years ago. They forced Trump's daughter to give up her fashion business. Sen. Dianne Feinstein from California got her name in the paper because some woman sent her a letter saying that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party in the 1980s. One person who has not complained or reported the incident for 35 years, now is the "smoking gun"? Come on, let's get real.
Remember, we have an election coming up. The two senators from Minnesota are up. One got in because her dad was a well-known writer for the Red Star, and the other was appointed when Al Franken resigned over his conduct with women.
Think about that. Elect someone who will represent you, not their party machine.
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Have a good week. I will.


Letters to the Editor


Letter to the Editor
There has been a lot of grumbling from a few Greenwood residents that the town board is not participating in training. It is frustrating to listen to the complaints over and over, meeting after meeting. It is a shame that these same people will keep coming up with things to bash the current board just because their candidates lost in the last election.
Following is a list of upcoming training from a newsletter I just received from the Minnesota Association of Townships. Anyone with any sense can see that there is nothing that is relevant to Greenwood.

September 27, October 3, 4 - Additional Truck Weight, Bemidji, Owatonna, St. Cloud
September 5 - Basics of Planning and Zoning, Rochester
September 13 - Your Role as Planning Commissioner, Burnsville
September 25 - Economic Development Basics for Communities, Burnsville
September 26 - Public Participation Techniques, Rochester
September 26 - City Energy and Climate Action Planning, Rochester
October 2 - Beyond the Basics of Planning & Zoning, Rochester
October 9 - Managing Risk: Making Sound Planning and Zoning Decisions, St. Paul
October 11 - Economic Development Basics for Communities, Rochester
November 1 - City Energy and Climate Action Planning, St. Paul
November 8 - From Silos to Collaborations: Creating Governance Frameworks that Work, Little Falls
November 14 - Your Role as Planning Commissioner, St. Paul
Several dates - Understanding Groundwater in the Pine River and Sauk River Watersheds. Brainerd, Osakis
Attendance at any of these would be a waste of township money and supervisors' time since they don't apply to our township.Sending board members would results in costs for mileage and lodging.
The current board is not opposed to training. But, training must be pertinent to Greenwood for it to be beneficial.
Pam Rodgers
Treasurer - Greenwood Township