Readers’ Views

Ready to start working

To the Editor:

I recently renewed my oath of office as the Minnesota Legislature reconvened for the 2017-2018 legislative session. The Legislature will face a similar set of issues as last year — namely, what to do about health care costs, roads and bridges, and tax relief — but the circumstances have changed, as Republicans captured the majority in the Senate for the first time since 2012.

This is the start of my 15th year. It’s still humbling and exciting to be sworn in and walk up the steps to the Senate chamber.

I’m very aware of the seriousness of this session. Rising health care costs have been causing harm to families all over Minnesota for a long time, and it’s now reached emergency proportions. The ceremonial opening of session was nice, but we are all ready to start working and finally get the families that are struggling to pay their premiums some help.

I will take the helm of the powerful Senate Finance Committee and chairwoman of the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement this session. In addition, I will serve on the Energy and Utilities Committee, the Health and Human Services Committee, and the Human Services Reform Committee.

I can be contacted at my office in Room 3235 of the Minnesota Senate Building, 95 University Ave., St. Paul, MN 55155, by phone at (651) 296-5713, or by email at Sen.Julie.Rosen@senate.mn

State Sen. Julie Rosen

R-Vernon Center

Oppose Sunday liquor

To the Editor:

In regard to Sunday liquor, when the state of Minnesota turned the dispensing of liquor over to the cities to start municipal liquor stores, the No. 1 reason was for the control of the product: no sales to minors, bootleggers and people who were intoxicated. No. 2 was to turn profits over to the cities for public works. No. 3 was to employ people of the municipality.

As a retired person who worked in law enforcement and then was manager of the Lakefield Municipal Liquor Store for more than 30 years, I can tell you that I am against Sunday liquor. I have seen teenagers buy liquor by the cartload in Iowa on a Sunday morning. No questions asked, no identification checked. We all know the hardships of teenage drinking on law enforcement, schools and, most of all, on family relationships.

I am sure that all employees of the Fairmont Liquor Store are trained in checking IDs and not serving intoxicated customers. You have control!

All liquor store profits are turned over to the city: $450,000 per year according to reports in the Sentinel. You have the profit!

Several people are employed there. You have provided jobs!

Realizing this is a statewide issue, I think you can see Sunday liquor is not for Minnesota and especially for cities like Fairmont who have municipal liquor stores.

Dean Tordsen

Lakefield

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