August 19, 2022

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With this enormous finances surplus, cease taxing Social Safety

So 5 years in the past there was a Minnesota state finances surplus of $1.7 billion. It has now grown to $9.3 billion.

Might I please make a request as a newly retired individual in Minnesota? I actually don’t need to depart the state, I really like the change of the seasons, the individuals, and the great thing about the state … however, maybe Minnesota may be yet one more of the states that doesn’t tax Social Safety revenue.

Out of fifty states, solely 12 tax all or a few of Social Safety, Minnesota being one which does! As a substitute of chasing Minnesotans away from retiring right here and shifting to different tax-friendly states, our Legislature might rescind that tax on Social Safety revenue.

Minnesota seems to be making sufficient cash for the coffers, given a $9+ billion surplus that retains rising. When will it finish?

Brian L. Campbell, North St. Paul

 

Tweet, tweet

As Elon Musk grumpily plans a “Hostile Takeover” and Twitter threatens to make use of a “Poison Capsule,” as Twitter itself abounds with feuds, theories and opinions that make me frightened for the human race, I need to thank Cenex and the expertise at their advert company for the Rockin’ Robin business that brings a sweetness again to “Tweet, Tweet, Tweet.”

I don’t even thoughts the tune repeating in my head from morning to nighttime.

Jane Bidon, St. Paul

Whose checks?

We’re completely offended, flabbergasted and speechless that the governor has the gall to name doable refunds of our tax {dollars} “Walz checks.”

It isn’t his cash, nor does it belong to the DFL social gathering. It’s the individuals’s cash, that which they have been overtaxed by a cash hungry DFL tax-and-spend Legislature.

Sure, it’s time to refund the “Individuals’s Cash” and to cut back our taxes, particularly that on Social Safety.

Terry and Margaret Flower, Hastings

 

I suppose

A current letter in contrast collection of flooring to ranked-choice voting. I suppose that is sensible should you’re in search of a politician that you just need to stroll on or wipe your really feel on or each.

David Hobbs, Newport

 

On the road

I’ve been noticing quite a lot of letters calling for the US to guard a “no fly” zone over Ukraine. Some accuse President Biden of being gentle and never being contentious towards the Putin invasion of that nation. There isn’t any doubt that such an motion would additional escalate the conflict and draw us right into a World Conflict that many people don’t need to be part of.

Would the writers of the letters be the primary to hitch our armed forces to guard us if we might get right into a battle? The place would the battle fronts be, in all probability New York or Los Angeles? I feel Biden is doing all the things in his energy to thwart a confrontation. We and different NATO nations are supplying Ukraine with supplies of conflict that I’m certain are costing us more cash than we might care to spend. Keep in mind, if conflict is asserted, Congress has to approve the measure. It could possibly be a loss of life knell to many in political workplace.

Democracy is on the road in many countries. A strong dictator can destroy many freedoms that folks have misplaced their lives to retain them. Our personal nation is within the throes of dropping our democracy if we permit politicians to vary our legal guidelines and denigrate a lot of our freedoms.  It could occur and can occur if our citizenry lets it occur.

Gary Spooner, Cottage Grove

 

‘Can’t’ isn’t the phrase

Final Sunday’s “Different voices” piece, “The marketing campaign to suppress voting have to be defeated,” moved me to jot down a response. The 2020 presidential election was strongly contested by the dropping social gathering. Courtroom circumstances went nowhere. Regardless of what number of occasions the ballots solid have been counted, related outcomes adopted.

If nothing else, quite a lot of ambiguity reigned in that election partially due to steps taken to work round Covid. A few of these steps went towards state legislation; but it surely was a difficult time. How can we most simply permit residents to solid their poll throughout a plague?

What some states have been engaged on is to take this ambiguity out of our elections.

It appears a slap within the face to say an ethnic group can’t get hold of a voter I.D.. Will we permit a move on driver’s licenses or library playing cards? There was once assessments to take as a way to drive — each written and as a reside driver. A library card is just not all that troublesome to acquire (Washington County requires an image I.D. and proof of tackle), and to have a card opens an incredible door to an unlimited world of human information, concepts, enjoyable, and data. I counsel the fitting to vote is comparable and that exhibiting voter I.D. on the polls is just not all that restrictive to the vast majority of Individuals.

This isn’t to say that some individuals, irregardless of ethnicity, might need problem with this. Absentee ballots could also be used for this goal. However individuals who can’t move a driving check shouldn’t be driving. Ought to individuals who can’t establish themselves on the polls even be given a free move? I don’t suppose so — and I feel the ethnic group supposedly focused by such restrictions ought to be offended on the implication of incapability.

America makes errors, however lots of of 1000’s of immigrants streamed throughout our southern borders this previous 12 months, not as a result of we’re a horrible, racist nation with out hope, however as a result of we’re an ideal nation, particularly when in comparison with the remainder of the world. We labored onerous. We didn’t attain this stage by saying, “You possibly can’t do it.” It’s a luxurious, certainly, to have the ability to query our legal guidelines, to debate them, to hunt change in a democratic method, to vote, and even to jot down an editorial.

Mead Stone, Stillwater

 

Nobody left behind?

It makes me so pleased that Minnesota state Rep. Rena Moran, chair of the Methods and Means committee says nobody can be left behind within the new finances proposal. The Democratic proposal is not going to solely spend our $9.3 finances surplus however add on one other $7.4 billion. This all within the typical Democratic tax and spend vogue.

As a Minnesota senior I really feel I’m falling far behind in a short time. Social Safety continues to be taxed in Minnesota, not like in most states. Any small retirement raises lead to Medicare half B going as much as nullify that improve. Property taxes proceed on the rise and inflation is thru the roof.

How can anybody in good conscience make an announcement similar to “nobody can be left behind” in these occasions?

I imagine it’s lastly time for Minnesotans to get up and get a brand new social gathering within the management position.

B.H. Bentson, Inver Grove Heights

 

Surrounded and ignored

I’m writing about an article printed on April 19 from The New York Instances, titled “Tally of lonely deaths on U.S streets swells.”

I’m extraordinarily impressed with this text as a result of, as onerous because it was to learn because of the matter of homelessness and loss of life, it was very informative and taught me one thing a few topic I’ve not too long ago been researching. From the primary sentence of the article, I used to be hooked.

The road that caught me off guard and made me suppose was when individuals experiencing homelessness describe the “loneliness of being surrounded by pedestrians who ignore you.”

This can be a enormous social justice difficulty and I admire it being talked about within the media.

Megan Boxrud, Roseville

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