Readers Write: License Plates, Minnesota’s Future, Fourth District Politics, Baby Formula

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Requiring license plates to be replaced every seven years because their protective film has a lifespan of five years is one explanation, I guess. (Curious Minnesota, May 8) Another is that we don’t know how to do anything that lasts longer than a year these days.

The most plausible explanation, however, is that requiring replacement of these fragile plates every seven years has created an ongoing source of revenue for the state. Why would the state settle for a one-time royalty when it could get $15 every few years? It’s not that the plates don’t last long enough or become unreadable – it’s because the state chose to make them as cheaply as possible and identified a way to turn that into a recurring dollar.

Hans Molenaar, Shoreview


In response to the May 8 comment “For an aging state in an aging country, the future could be bleak,” I suggest that author Tom Horner overlooks Minnesota’s most important resource: its untapped talent.

As employers scramble to find new “off the shelf” solutions to attract diverse talent, few employers are turning to low-income communities of color for their skilled workforce. While there are employers leading the way by investing in newly skilled and diverse talent, such as US Bank and Atomic Data, the pool of employers leaning into developing talent must be much larger. The solution starts with investing in people: investing in accelerated post-secondary training, investing in virtual training solutions to meet today’s reality, and on-the-job training experiences to develop talent that already lives Minnesota. Simply put, the state’s future is bleak if we fail to tap into the untapped talent already here.

It is urgent for us to ensure that every young adult and adult of working age is fully integrated into the workforce and on the path to economic mobility and prosperity. Alone once we have successfully moved low-income communities of color into quality jobs that promote career advancement, should we begin to identify ways to fill labor shortages by recruiting from outside . Right now, the state’s huge budget surplus is do not a “generational opportunity to attract a new generation” but an opportunity to invest in our existing talent pool. It is an economic necessity.

Nearly 100% of Minnesota’s population growth comes from people of color. So how do we actively implement solutions that lead us to work collaboratively on the “doing” to achieve economic equity – meaning, economic ownership, wealth creation and prosperity? First, run with the innovators and risk takers. Employers: Take the leap and partner with accredited training organizations in the community, following organizations like US Bank and Atomic Data. Invest. Invest. Invest. Prepare talent for technology-dependent professions and invest in e-learning to reach communities in urban and rural settings.

This demographic shift is by no means unique to Minnesota. This means that to maintain an economically vital region, we must – absolutely – invest in all our internal talents.

Anne-Marie Kuiper, Minneapolis


I read with amazement the May 12 comment by Fourth Congressional District candidate Amane Badhasso, “The DFL establishment betrayed values ​​to oppose me.”

As a resident of the fifth congressional district, I don’t have a dog in the fight. But I’ve heard consistent versions of an entirely different story from several DFL activists in the Fourth District whom I know and respect, a story that has far more meaning to me than the fantastical portrayal of a widespread conspiracy against it. that Badhasso tells.

She accuses State Party officials of employing “strong tactics” to “try to defeat her” as they are “petrified by the prospect of losing their grip on power”.

Really? It seems a bit whimsical.

The simplest explanation is that the members of the Accreditation Committee worked skillfully and diligently to ensure that the approval process would be fair and transparent for everything applicants at all levels by resolving discrepancies, removing duplicate applications, correcting missing and erroneous information, and eliminating invalid applications.

This process was largely hampered by Badhasso supporters who hung up on the phone, ignored emails, flatly denied having ever applied to be delegates or alternates, and reacted with hostility to requests for information from accreditation officers who would validate their information. personal and status.

It seems that many Badhasso supporters were unaware of the credentialing process that occurs for every endorsement convention. Either way, it was incumbent on Badhasso’s campaign to educate his supporters on what to expect after applying to be delegates and alternates. In particular, that they would be contacted by accreditation officials to ensure that their information was valid and to confirm their status. What Badhasso failed to do. As evidenced by several claims in her article, it seems that she herself does not quite understand the process. Perhaps it is simply easier to claim conspiracy and racism than to inquire about the process or admit its incompetence.

What seems clear to me, however, is that Badhasso has disqualified herself from further consideration for public office. No doubt she intends to challenge US Representative Betty McCollum in the primary election. It is his prerogative. Without a doubt, she will lose.

Ivor Matz, Saint-Antoine


At the end of the online presentation of Badhasso’s comment was a link to his campaign webpage. I learned there that she was of Ethiopian origin, claiming to be an important activist. A qualified and experienced campaigner would be expected to understand a issues page, if you represent something. It was with great disappointment that I discovered that this was not the case. However, she does have a page she calls “Vision” which superficially lists a shopping list of issues.

So do I have another complaint?

Yes. Rep. McCollum has been at the forefront of efforts to protect Minnesota’s water resources from the ravages of sulfide mining, while her challenger seems utterly oblivious to this major issue.

Not residing in the Fourth District, I have no vote there. If I did, I would vote for McCollum. In fairness, Badhasso has a stance on climate change that doesn’t seem dissimilar to McCollum’s ideas. However, McCollum is aware of one major issue that Badhasso is completely unaware of (his “Vision” page makes no reference to the word “mining”). This is a negligence I would not want from a member of the United States House.

Also, remember that Bruce Vento (the longtime representative of the Fourth District before his death, with McCollum the successor) played a pivotal role in securing wilderness status for the Boundary Waters. With this story, due respect is deserved. Ms Badhasso appears to be unaware of the DFL’s service history in the district, which is troubling.

Eric Zaetsch, Ramsey


Regarding Dave Granlund’s May 13 cartoon about infant formula shortages (“Psst! Make me an offer!”): can’t we replace the scary man in the cartoon with a woman with boobs? Breasts have a purpose other than to seduce men. ‘Nuf said.

Georgia Gustafson, Plymouth

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