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Reader's View: Lawmakers favor profits over veterans and the poor

I am writing to voice my concern as a Minnesota taxpayer and human being. I am writing to voice my utter disgust and shock that a bill to help protect the vulnerable and others in need was tabled in St. Paul while anti-labor legislation was pushe...

I am writing to voice my concern as a Minnesota taxpayer and human being. I am writing to voice my utter disgust and shock that a bill to help protect the vulnerable and others in need was tabled in St. Paul while anti-labor legislation was pushed to the forefront.

Even though I was once a state employee, before going back to school to get my teaching degree, I am not a union man. I believe in accountability and competence when it comes to employment and promotion, but I also believe in the necessity of protecting the rights of the working man.

Decisions consciously made by members of the political establishment in Minnesota reflect the true allegiances of Minnesota lawmakers. And this allegiance, unfortunately, seems more concerned about profit margins and corporate reputations than the rights and needs of those who need it. This is not an issue restricted to just one political party; both Republicans and Democrats are at fault and, in my opinion, equally so.

Each Veterans Day we have it drummed through our head that we need to protect people who have struggled and suffered to get this nation to where it is today, both on and off of the battlefield. Now the needs of veterans are being put to the back burner in order protect moneyed interests.

This is both shameful and morally repugnant.

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I have had the chance to meet some of our lawmakers, including Sens. Roger Reinert and Tony Lourey and Rep. Bill Hilty, and I don't doubt their qualities as people. I do feel, though, that as people they have chosen to "lead" the people of Minnesota. They have, as a collective, fallen far short of their espoused oaths.

Robert Miller

Duluth

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