Editor’s note: This letter is in response to a previous one, criticizing Elaine Klaassen’s article on the Minneapolis Park Board.
Facts in Park article were accurate and undisputed
I presented numbers in the article that were not disputed by either faction on the issue, those for and those against commercial projects in the parks. The $14 million number you quote may be confusing, since it includes a sizable grant that was not public money. The $6 million bond figure is not in dispute and gives the reader the size of the project.
tried to present a balanced report on the issue of commercialization of the
parks. For example, I reported on the anti-commercialization views of the blog
that you contribute to, mplsparkwatch.org, but also presented the views
of the majority five on the Park Board who have encouraged commercial projects
in the parks to help meet financial shortfalls.
True conservative would push conservation
If we had an intelligent and savvy businessperson, a true conservative, in
the governor’s office in this state he or she would immediately push for
a conservation plan. Minnesota does not produce a single drop of oil. It does
not produce a single ounce of coal or nuclear fuel. When we use these fuels,
billions of dollars go out of our state.
If we conserve and use these fuels efficiently we can prevent the flow
of billions of dollars out of our state. When we use solar, wind and bio-fuels
not only do the dollars stay in the state, we don’t contaminate our air,
earth, water and planet.
Every day, indeed every hour, the mercury in our fish gets more serious. Every
day our air gets more contaminated. Every day the cancer rate gets worse and
now cancer is our leading cause of death in this state. A tax on these fuels
could replace or reduce the tax on our incomes and the tax on our homes. A
tax would encourage more efficient use of these dangerous fuels.
If this governor vetoes the lousy dime increase in the gas tax, spread over
the next few years, then he is a governor who is serving the biggest most powerful,
monopolistic corporations, not the citizens of this state and not the creatures
on this planet.