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Jonathan Kaminsky's article on Gov. Tim Pawlenty should be required reading for the folks who voted for him—and anyone else who wants to enhance his power ("Governor No," 7/23/08). It brilliantly points out the rigidity of his governing approach: extreme economic ideology, hypocrisy on issues of local and democratic governance, contempt for the workers who build businesses, and absolute lack of governing compassion for the poor and powerless. For those of us who knew him as a House member, the transformation as he gained additional authority and lost his soul is remarkable and sad.
John Hottinger St. Paul
On my way home from work today, I decided I would grab the current copy of City Pages to read on the bus ride back to Uptown. I was instantly drawn into the cover depicting Pawlenty in an Obamaesque picture. I was eager to read up on what our governor has been up to while in office, and hoped that I would get a good review of everything going on. Instead all I received was five to six pages of complete one-sided trash. It did not take long for me to realize that the whole purpose of the article was to depict Pawlenty as a nay-saying governor sitting in his ivory tower. I would like to say that I am not a staunch Republican upset because the City Pages bashed my precious Governor Pawlenty, but just a curious person who is trying to figure out where I stand politically. I think I would have been more apt to enjoy the article if the writer had been a little more well-rounded in his essay, and provided more information about the issues at hand. Instead I received an article that took five to six pages to basically sum up "Pawlenty sucks, he vetoes everything." It made me feel like I wasted my bus ride, and did not receive any worthwhile info. From now on I will think twice about picking up a copy of the City Pages.
Dave Hilden Minneapolis
Your catalog of Governor Pawlenty's political-beyond-the-call-of-duty vetoes inspires this combination of words astonishing even to me on the proofread: Pawlenty is a hick version of George W. Bush.
Mark Warner Minneapolis
To the editor, regarding your excellent article on "Governor No": I'm hoping Governor Pawlenty becomes the GOP vice presidential nominee so that after the Republicans lose the November election, we will be rid of him as governor and as a vice presidential aspirant...won't we?
Will Shapira Minneapolis
In "Governor No" you ask, "Is this the man we want to be vice president?" Given that everyone and their mother knows that the last thing City Pages' editors want is another Republican administration in the White House, doesn't that render your question inherently disingenuous?
Heather Tarnowski Minneapolis
Bradley Campbell's penetrating piece on gay Lutheran seminarians ("All God's Children," 7/16/08) rightly mentions Mount Olive Church in south Minneapolis as a place that's comfortable for gay worshipers. We are not, however, a "gay parish" in the way that Campbell's description may suggest. While a good portion of our members happen to be gay, we emphasize our welcome to all people and are happy to have an extremely diverse, metro-wide following.
Steve Berg, member of the vestry, Mount Olive Lutheran Church Minneapolis
Matt Snyders's story about people protesting "a recent ordinance allowing police to confiscate recording devices and use rubber bullets" was alarming ("City Council gets served," 7/30/08). Could we have a little more depth, including a considered analysis of the actual ordinance—and how little the exceptions actually mean? Remember, the paranoia factor is way up there these days—on both sides. The cops, who have the guns, act like they are Evangelical Christian white people coming in from the suburbs in order to preserve the empire against the heathens down here in the colonies. Meanwhile, us heathens think of ourselves as holy warriors defending our God-given Constitutional rights to assemble, protest, and perhaps even stretch the boundaries of these "free-speech zones" back where they belong.
Dave Porter Minneapolis