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Letter: A response to the Novak Viewpoint

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When I read Marisa Novak's piece on non-partisanship ("Politicians should clearly display their integrity and values," Viewpoint, Bulletin, May 27), it felt like she was responding to my letter I wrote earlier about the new contenders who will take on Michele Bachmann next year for her congressional seat.

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First, she is right on some things. It is important to look up records and votes and see how political action groups rate policymakers and particularly how these groups rate policymakers in the typical opposition party.

Second, she is also true that there are politicians who vote certain ways to stay in power. Norm Coleman has always been my example of this. Also, there are radical moderates.

At a Senate debate I attended last year, Dean Barkley spent the whole time lambasting every policymaker in Washington but then said he was willing to work with them.

He then named conservative Antonin Scalia as his favorite Supreme Court Justice and named his favorite film -- "Mr. Smith goes to Washington" -- which many candidates name for a positive reaction.

However, I have seen policymakers who are very vocal and believe in their votes when they are voting against the party majority such as pro-life Democrats.

Also, part of being a policymaker is public service so it is right to vote against the party if it is in the interest or against the viewpoints of the constituents.

In addition, if there were no listeners and compromisers, how would work get done?

In conclusion, Marisa Novak also needs to lift her own facade.

William C. Labovitch

South St. Paul

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