Ron Trethewey, Duluth
In just about all personal relationships, positive concern for others is always a plus. At a time when partisan politics may be at its lowest ebb — following the battle royale over the Supreme Court nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and with the midterm election of national and state congressional candidates only weeks away — Pete Stauber, the Republican running to represent Minnesota's 8th Congressional District, hit that issue right on the head in a comment he made to the News Tribune Editorial Board.
Since moving to London Road a year ago this past January, my wife Carol and I have noticed the often-heavy and excessively speedy traffic coming in both directions between the traffic lights at 26th Avenue East and the lights at 40th Avenue East. I have felt for some time that the tendency to speed between these two stops was due, in large part, to having Interstate 35 feed into London Road from the west and run into Minnesota Highway 61 going east.
The political divide between liberal and conservative factions in this country is the widest it has ever been. And the more distant the gulf gets the more difficult it becomes to achieve compromise in order to get bills passed in the legislative process. On many major issues, the gap is enormous. Take immigration. Many conservatives seem to believe in closed borders, the building of a fence on the southern border, and coming down hard on illegal immigrants. Meanwhile, many liberals say they want open borders and no fences.
Truly representative government, as the framers of our Constitution intended, was never going to be perfect. However, I doubt our founders, including Thomas Jefferson and company, would be able to conceive how far afield the concept has come today. Instead of government "of the people, by the people, and for the people" and instead of "we the people," our government has become one of partisanship — an often crippled state, with the parties at loggerheads and peoples' wants often not heard.
After moving to Duluth from Ironwood, Mich., about five months ago to be nearer to our relatives, my wife Carol and I have encountered two obstacles related to driving an automobile. With the move to Minnesota, Carol needed to purchase a Minnesota ID while I had to acquire a Minnesota driver's license. My Michigan license expired on April 23. Following what both of us felt was some Minnesota overregulation, Carol finally received her ID, but I did not pass my written driver's test.