Readers respond to our Turkeys of the Year
Though a dirty dozen have gone away, where there are 12 there is always the 13th: Zygi Wilf. Here is a tyrant who has risen from the dawn with his triumphant Vikings seeking to swindle the public into buying him a stadium. I would rather see him leave than pay him a stadium.
With regards to the comments on Tim Pawlenty and his use of the unallotment power: Party loyalty or no party politics, is it possible that he simply followed the rational view of "spending within one's means?" I don't claim any party affiliation, and along with every other person in this economy, I deal with the reality that I must spend within my income limits. What is so wrong with sticking to a budget? I would think that liberal-minded individuals would see this as a victory for the common man/woman. After all, Pawlenty was simply holding the state's government to the same reality that all Minnesotans apply in their everyday lives!
Yeah, the problem is not that he was trying to spend within his means. The problem is that he does not run a dictatorship here in Minnesota, and his willful misuse of unallotment was usurping just such power. Whether you like them or not, our Legislature is our elected body that has directly mandated power over the budget. Pawlenty decided he knew better than everyone else and usurped that power. Honestly, he can't leave the state soon enough.
We are kicking Pawlenty's ass out of Minnesota politics because he failed to act when he was informed of major business corruption here in Minnesota. Instead, Pawlenty, our governor, defended these crooked businessmen and their criminal practices. We did not elect Pawlenty to protect corrupt business practices here in Minnesota. So, Pawlenty, good riddance!
Yelp: Consider the source
Making decisions about where you eat or shop based on online personal reviews/blogs can be treacherous territory ("Everyone's a Critic," 11/25/09). In our experience, it is largely the people who are unhappy who bother to comment at all. The happy customers shop, talk with us, enjoy their purchases, and come back again. The ones with an ax to grind publish—often on as many sites as they can find, sometimes twice. And under different IDs. Readers of these reviews need to keep in mind the volume of customers who are satisfied with the service they receive. If there are seven reviews for any place, you can bet twice that amount come through the door every day. And they are happy. If you look at the review poster and their history, it becomes clear what type of person you are dealing with. Keep that in mind when reading what they have to say. Sometimes there is valuable information to impart. Sometimes it is just a bad apple.
Bachmann can't compromise
You cannot expect Michele Bachmann, or her party, to go along with a proposed idea when it is fundamentally at odds with her entire ideology ("Going Crazy, 11/18/09). Of course the parties need to cooperate and compromise in order to accomplish anything meaningful. However, compromise is only possible within the constraints of one's principles. In the health-care debate, along with virtually every other initiative this administration has floated, you evoke a fundamental disagreement regarding the proper role of government. Conservatives cannot be expected to merely massage the details of a plan that runs contrary to their entire paradigm. Republican ideas will likewise never be deemed "enough" by those who believe the government should be unrestrained in its "problem-solving." As long as the proposals put up for debate grossly engorge and empower government, it will be necessary for Republicans to be "the party of no." To criticize them for it is kind of like blaming a linebacker for doing his job. If you want cooperation, you need a proposal that does not test the limits of conservative and libertarian tolerance.
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