Ours is a professional, nonpartisan office that is appointed, not elected.
There was something important missing in the recent commentary by Mark Haveman, “The politicizing of the Minnesota state auditor’s office” (June 10). Haveman failed to mention that the auditor of Minnesota state government is not the state auditor; it is the legislative auditor.
In 1973, the Legislature created the Office of the Legislative Auditor as a professional, nonpartisan, independent audit office in the legislative branch, similar to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) at the federal level. The head of Minnesota’s office is not elected in a partisan election, but appointed to a six-year term by a legislative commission with equal representation from both parties.
Whether or not the state auditor’s office is being politicized, I will leave for others to judge. I can assure you that the legislative auditor’s office is not.
Jim Nobles, St. Paul
The writer is Minnesota’s legislative auditor.
Draw a line between news and marketing
Is the article about Target selling liquor really front-page news (“Target to test liquor sales,” June 11)? It seems more like a business article, and more, it seems like free advertising on the part of the Star Tribune.
Ann Wendel, Richfield
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I love my Medina Target. The people who work there are the best. Nice, friendly — they know who they are. They have seen my granddaughters grow up. They have seen us through weekly field trips when we needed something to do and needed a friendly smile. Target is perfect, a one-stop shop. I will find it hard to give it up. I will wait to see if the “open carry” gun policy will change (“Target in middle of gun squabble,” June 5). Target may not be hurt by losing my business, but it needs to know I want my Target to stay the friendly place it has always been for my family and me. Guns have no place in my Target, or for that matter, in any Target.
Sandy Mahn, Plymouth
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Minnesota! Please stop the unwarranted criticism of Target! This Minnesota-based outstanding corporate citizen contributes millions to our state’s economy by providing jobs, having generous charitable giving programs for schools and the community, collecting without compensation millions in state sales taxes and paying vast amounts of property taxes to state and local economies. Let’s celebrate Target’s great contributions to our state and stop the nitpicking derision.
Bruce W. (Buzz) Anderson, Eagan
The writer is the retired president of the Minnesota Retailers Association.
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