Letters to the Editor for Nov. 11
Partisan endorsements tainted school board election
The recent South Washington County school board election has brought our district to a critical juncture: the end of non-partisan elections.
In previous elections, candidates neither sought nor were endorsed by political parties. This year, that changed. The Republican Party endorsed three candidates, two of whom were elected to the board and one who was narrowly defeated. This year, as in previous elections, the Democrats did not endorse candidates. I predict that this is a thing of the past.
Why should this even concern us? As a community, we are highly accustomed to partisan endorsement for many races. What is different about the school board?
As a major part of its responsibilities, our school board must interface with state elected and appointed officials. They do this in areas such as educational policy and school funding. Having a politically neutral board helps ensure that the board works effectively, regardless of which party is in office.
Imagine for a moment what happens when a partisan board member works with a state official from the same party on a piece of controversial legislation. I can about hear the cries of "Cronyism!" Imagine a similar scenario, only this time the board member and the elected or appointed official are from different parties. How well will they really cooperate to work together?
Who loses the most when our school board becomes partisan? Our kids! They potentially get caught in a political tug-of-war.
Did this need to be? No. Can we turn back the clock to a time of non-partisan elections? I doubt it. As a concerned community, we must now be even more vigilant that our board makes decisions that are best for all of the students, and not simply decisions that reflect the ideology of any political party.
Find ways to thank veterans during the holiday season
As you prepare for this Veterans Day, I hope that you are able to celebrate and remember those who have defended our freedoms in battle.
Since 1919, America has taken time to reflect on the sacrifices uniformed men and women make to protect the liberties of their fellow countrymen and preserve the traditions of this great nation.
For those of us home today, let us remember that we can speak, pray and gather freely because of the efforts of our troops. You may be reflecting alone, gathered at city hall or even taking part in a parade, but let us never forget our veterans. Our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines are symbols of hope to those suffering under tyranny and lawlessness in lands far away. They recognize the importance of a world with justice, freedom and peace and that is their goal for every mission, no matter how small.
As we try to understand the difficulties they face upon their return home from war, we should all thank these brave men and women for what they've done at every opportunity.
Please thank them with open arms and hearts, care packages, letters during the holidays and with your thoughts and prayers. May God continue to bless this country with men and women with the desire to serve and defend.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann
Minnesota Sixth Congressional District
Brunnette thanks 833 community
I would like to say thank you to the communities of district 833 for your support of my re-election to the school board. By working together, we will continue to do great things for the students in our district.
833 School Board member