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Paid Political Letter: Re-elect Tim Walz

Ideas and opinions in this letter are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the stance of this paper. The author of this letter has paid for its placement. One of the most unfortunate things that exists today in both society and politics is division. Rather than focusing on what binds us together, we live in a world of “us versus them.” Liberals versus conservatives. Democrats versus Republicans. Rural Minnesota versus the Metro. The suburbs versus Minneapolis and St. Paul. The list could go on and on.

The tragedy of this division is that more time and energy is spent arguing about differences rather than working to fix the issues that hold our communities back and the things that makes us strong and successful as a nation and a state. The real tragedy of that is missed opportunities and stalemates that benefit no one.

The last couple of years have been hard on businesses and citizens alike. Shortages of employees and supply chain issues are still hurting our economy. We’ve lived through and are living in a time that is unparalleled and that none of us were prepared for. There simply was not a playbook for us or our leaders to follow.

When Tim Walz ran for governor four years ago, he made a promise that for him there would be only “one Minnesota” and that there would be no “us versus them.” Throughout it all, he has stuck with that promise. He has repeatedly worked with Democrats and Republicans to get things done, including one of the largest jobs and infrastructure bills in state history.

He is the first governor in Minnesota’s history to not issue a veto, preferring to work things out rather than simply walk away. He has made it clear to everyone, even those within his own political party, that as Minnesotans we can disagree without using profanities or demeaning those who disagree with you.

Same goes for his approach to all of Minnesota.  This Governor has consistently supported Local Government Aid (LGA) which many communities in outstate Minnesota receive. LGA is meant to help pay for basic services such as Police and Fire protection, streets, and waste water. LGA payments each year makeup about half of our city’s budget. Any effort to cut LGA would either raise your local property taxes or force cuts to basic services.

Tim Walz believes that our diversity—including our geographic and economic diversity—is a virtue rather than a hindrance. He believes that our agricultural economy—one of the largest in the country—is a pillar to Minnesota’s success and that rural communities need to thrive so that urban communities thrive and vice versa.

Tim Walz believes, as do I, that we can argue while still believing that no matter who you are, where you live, or what your political beliefs are, that we all love this state and nation equally and that we simply need to work together for the benefit of all. For that reason and more, I believe Governor Walz should be re-elected as governor.

Mike Kuhle
Worthington, Minn.