Vying for Bachmann’s seat: The same old
Of the nearly half-dozen Republican candidates jockeying for Michele Bachmann’s congressional seat, all are either current or former elected officials.
Despite the oft-repeated disdain Republicans espouse regarding government, the irony of their eagerness to go hat in hand in search of a taxpayer-funded opportunity shouldn’t go unnoticed.
What the good folks of Minnesota don’t need is another unemployed politician looking to claw back into politics. As the past few weeks have so clearly demonstrated, the status quo doesn’t work, and that is in large part due to the dank stagnation of political careerists clogging up the public forum.
Innovative solutions don’t come from talking heads and ladder climbers; they’re born from private citizens unsullied by the machinations of retail politics. No matter how hard this crop of congressional hopefuls claims to be different, remember: They’re not.
MARCO A. LANZ, St. Cloud
35 candidates is a good problem to have
What exactly is the problem with recreational candidates (editorial, Oct. 14)? Claiming that voters are “vexed” over seeing pirate or communist candidates on the ballot is a made-up problem, and frankly, if you can’t figure out what that means, you are uninformed and probably deserve to be a bit confused. “Weeding out” law-abiding citizens from running for public office is an undemocratic slippery slope, especially when money is to be used as the measuring stick.
St. Paul has only three candidates for mayor? Good for St. Paul! Let’s keep with the Minneapolis tradition and try our best not to be like our neighbor. A more colorful field means a more colorful debate, which can only be good for the city.
THOMAS JOHNSON, Minneapolis
TOO MUCH ‘COOL’?
847 words too many were spilled on topic
When I read the article “It’s so not cool when a good word is overused” (Oct. 17), I got a chill. I thought the writer must have been looking to exercise his fingers, and I was reminded of a line by A.E. Housman: “Nature, not being content with denying him the ability to think, has endowed him with the ability to write.”
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