After reading the July 7 letter, "Omar outshines Stauber in supporting police," I felt Minnesotans don’t need advice regarding what we should or shouldn't do from those who don’t live here and who may not have any clue about who Congressman Pete Stauber is and his background.

The letter stated that the National Association of Police Organization, in its 2019-2020 "Legislative Scorecard," indicated that Stauber voted in line with the association's positions 71% of the time and that Congresswoman Ilhan Omar scored a higher percentage. But it didn't provide information as to why. I checked, and it seems the representatives’ percentages reflected how many times they voted in line with the association’s position on seven bills. Omar voted in line with the association on one more bill than Stauber, hence her 86% vs. his 71%, which led to the suggestion in the letter that Omar is more pro-police than Congressman Stauber. The association supported six of the seven bills and didn't support one. Omar voted yea on the bill the association didn't support while Stauber voted nay, in line with the association’s position. This suggests to me that Stauber is more in line with the association than Omar.

The letter’s suggestion that we need to write to Congressman Stauber to ask him to consult Omar before voting was beyond stupidity. Just watch the news in Minnesota to hear Omar stating that the Minneapolis Police Department needs to be defunded. As a result of that mentality, Minnesota is ranked second in the U.S. with a 56% increase in crime and homicides. I don't think that is a record to be proud of.

Let's go back to Minnesota nice and refund our police department.

Kathy Beede

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