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Continued: Readers Write: (July 19): Home alarms, tax inversions, Mideast conflict, roads vs. transit, Sen. Al Franken

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Wouldn’t it be nice if we could remember that — instead of thinking “I’ve got mine; you’re on your own.”

Lisa Halverson, Minneapolis

 

SEN. AL FRANKEN

Why a reintroduction to voters is in order

A July 15 letter writer chided U.S. Sen. Al Franken for needing to be “reintroduced” to Minnesotans, but I believe the writer somewhat misunderstood the article about Franken. The reason the senator needs to be introduced isn’t because he hasn’t done anything, but rather because he has been a different type of senator than people expected.

My thought is that people expected a showboat lawmaker like Michele Bachmann, since Franken was in show business. Instead, they have gotten a quiet, non-newsmaking legislator who works with his constituents, as we have seen in his campaign ads. I have very much admired Franken’s campaign so far. It has been extremely positive — and all about what he is doing, as opposed to what others aren’t doing.

It’s easy to criticize and much harder to actually accomplish things, especially in this Congress.

David Frederick, Coon Rapids

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