The brief letter Nov. 15 with its title, “Al,” said it clearly. Ever since it was rumored that Amy Klobuchar might be in the Biden cabinet, I’ve worried that her replacement would be even less experienced than Tina Smith. Biden needs all the existing senatorial expertise and more to realize his ambitious, farsighted programs.
Though Al Franken can’t match Amy’s national status, he was twice elected, is recognized for his 87 bills and 47 amendments mostly for Health and Education improvements. That’s a record. Of 2,449 votes called in eight years, he missed only 32, which is above the Senate median. All those votes from the Congress need to add up to increased White House ability to raise standards for lower income and minority citizens.
Those of us privileged to be middle class and the tiny fraction who are, deserving or not, really wealthy must actively support the Constitution, local charities, cultural facilities, enhanced health services and above all help reverse environmental degradation.
Leila DJ Poullada, St. Paul
I am calling on Tim Walz to appoint Erin Murphy to fill the Amy Klobuchar Senate seat, if Amy is pulled into the Biden administration. The politics of joy must be championed. Erin Murphy is a former five-term state representative, state House majority leader, DFL-endorsed gubernatorial candidate and state senator-elect. Erin has grassroots energy needed to energize a victory in 2022 to secure the seat for the following six years.
She has solid name recognition in Minnesota. Erin is also genuine and embodies everything our politics should be about. Improving people’s lives. I am asking for everyone to encourage Walz to fill the potential vacant Senate seat with Erin Murphy.
David Sandbeck, Maplewood
Surprised by that?
Read last week a report on Iran still storing and enriching to higher grades and more uranium than its historic nuclear deal with the world allows. Could anybody possibly be surprised by that? This is a country that has been chanting “Death to America” for over 40 years.
Doubt they like the other participants in the agreement much better. If anybody thought they could trust Iran in any way they had their head in the sand. Yet Donald Trump was vilified for pulling us out. No politics there, right? It’s kind of akin to the Paris Climate Accord. Hold no feet to the fire except ours and hand over the money
No, I’m not a climate change denier, but that whole thing stinks like the garbage our eastern states have been dumping in the ocean. Yet our president-elect wants to re-enter these agreements. Why?
Follow the money … ours.
Mark Ruecker, Roseville
Who will do a better job?
The Associated Press is sending around an article stating that Joe Biden is saying thousands more may die from COVID-19 if Trump doesn’t cooperate with them now in the transition of power. They apparently believe that only the government can administer proper distribution of the vaccine.
Curiously, when I phoned in a prescription refill to Walgreens two weeks ago, the recorded message informed me that they, Walgreens, were the lead provider of inoculations once a vaccine is produced. Now two corporations have claimed that they have a viable vaccine with good results. The government didn’t create a vaccine, corporations did. Another corporation claims dibs on providing the vaccine to the people.
Why do I know this and Biden’s team doesn’t? I can’t believe government will do a better job than Walgreens, I mean, government runs the DMV, among other amazingly efficient departments. This doesn’t pass the smell test, like fish forgotten in the back of the fridge.
Mike Lowe, West St. Paul
Ripples? Mr. Regan made a tsunami
The Dalai Lama has been quoted as saying; “Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.”
If I am a pebble dropped into water, Donald B. Regan was a 10-ton blarney stone boulder shot from the heavens. Mr. Regan died on October 23. The far-reaching effects of his life on this planet are too vast to be measured. To say he was a pillar of the community is an understatement. He was a foundation.
As a person growing up in the East Metro, I am one of countless people Mr. Regan had an effect on. He touched every stage and aspect of my life. As a boy, I played hundreds of hours of hockey in the arena he built for North St. Paul. He was a foundational figure in creating and sustaining all the schools I attended (St. Peter’s in North St. Paul, Hill-Murray and University of St. Thomas). His buses got me to school on time and delivered me home safely. His bank supplied the mortgage on my first home. I learned to play golf (not very well) at the golf course he helped to build — Indian Hills C.C. His company owned the industrial park my business is currently located in. His companies hired and invested in some of my dearest friends. He befriended my parents and told anyone who would listen they are the “salt of the earth” – which, of course, they are. And, despite the fact our lineage had virtually nothing in common, he always made me feel like I was a part of his family.
I am not alone.
There are — at least — tens of thousands of people who live/lived in the East Metro sharing in the benefits of Mr. Regan’s gifts of philanthropy and entrepreneurial skill. He did not make ripples. He made a tsunami.
As the family has requested, I will be planting a tree in honor of Don Regan in the spring. If you read his obituary, the reason for the type of tree I will choose is obvious.
It will be an evergreen.
Michael J. Nicklawske, Lakeville
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