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Reader's view: Pawlenty hurt the Northland

Pawlenty hurt the Northland The Dec. 17 News Tribune Opinion page asked readers whether we thought Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty helped the Northland? No. In fact, if you look at two very simple examples, you can see the harm he did. First, I have ...

Pawlenty hurt the Northland

The Dec. 17 News Tribune Opinion page asked readers whether we thought Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty helped the Northland?

No. In fact, if you look at two very simple examples, you can see the harm he did.

First, I have school-aged children, and I can tell you that no matter how Pawlenty twists the words to make it sound like funding went up for schools, it's not true. My local school has had such horrible funding issues the past several years it was disheartening for a lifelong Northlander. Great public education has always been a point of pride for Minnesotans, but not anymore. Even making sure there are enough teachers has become a challenge.

The other issue is snow plows. How many of us have complained when driving early in the morning or in the evening about snow on the road? Sometimes there are several inches at a time, and no plows are to be seen due to budget cuts. I was in a bad accident a few years ago, and if there had been salt on that road the moment may have ended differently. Pawlenty literally has put lives in danger. This is Minnesota; the last thing anyone should cut is the budget for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

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I believe Pawlenty will run for president. I hope against hope people here remember the damage he did to our state. He lost my vote many years ago. I wish him well, but not as our president.

Jodi Kasapidis

Silver Bay

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