Letter to the editor: DFLers wrong on blamePerhaps the kindest thing that can be said about the Sept. 23 op-ed in the News-Chronicle, titled “Republicans hurt the region,” by Sen. Bakk and Rep. Dill, is that it’s adequately punctuated.
By: Jennifer Havlick, Silver Creek, Lake County News Chronicle
Perhaps the kindest thing that can be said about the Sept. 23 op-ed in the News-Chronicle, titled “Republicans hurt the region,” by Sen. Bakk and Rep. Dill, is that it’s adequately punctuated. The truth must be within these gentlemen because it isn’t in their op-ed.
It takes more than extraordinary imagination to see how Republicans, who don’t hold any of the levers of power in the Arrowhead region, are to blame for the region’s difficulties.
Northeast Minnesota’s massive population loss came with the DFL in control of government. It’s been the DFL’s policies that hurt the Arrowhead’s economy to the point that St. Louis County’s mean household income is $12,000 below the state average.
Had the DFL adopted a pro-growth agenda, new industries would’ve started on the Iron Range. That would’ve contributed to the growth of Minnesota’s economy and to the Arrowhead’s economic health. Instead, especially with the “leadership”of Jim Oberstar, they’ve pursued an environment-first agenda that’s crippled the mining industry while jobs disappeared.
Neither Dill nor Bakk mentioned that they participated in extensive filibusters during this session. Neither Dill nor Bakk mentioned that they didn’t offer pro-growth economic policies to get the Range back on its feet. Neither seems to have adjusted well to minority status and the reality that we can’t spend money we don’t have.
Instead of being part of the problem, it’s time that Sen. Bakk and Rep. Dill focused on being part of the solution. The status quo won’t help the Iron Range or the Arrowhead. If Bakk and Dill won’t respect the majority of Eighth District voters, then they should be tossed out like Congressman Oberstar was in 2010. The situation is serious and deteriorating. We need solutions, not Sen. Bakk and Rep. Dill’s overheated rhetoric.