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We need a new politics

July 25, 2012
Fairmont Sentinel

To the Editor:

As we enter the dog days of summer, let us remember that just one year ago we were finally ending the longest state government shutdown in American history. The shutdown was a result of party squabbling and lack of compromise that is all too common in this political age we live in.

For 20 days, Minnesota families couldn't enjoy state parks, go to most museums and zoos, stop at a rest area on the way to grandma's house, or even get paid for the work they were doing for our great state. As we are reminded of this immense lack of leadership and bipartisanship in the upcoming election season, we must hold our legislators accountable at the ballot box. It is the only way to get the message across to them that things must and can change for the better. Minnesota can have a bright future again, but only by making sure the people who caused these problems in the first place are shown the door on election day.

Our district, and rural districts in general, are facing trying times. Declining school enrollment, lack of jobs and opportunities for young people, and lack of real economic investment are hurting our small towns and values. Our communities and their way of life remain attractive, but we need much more than the "same old, same old" in our leaders to get things done. We need tireless energy, a real commitment to constituent service, and non-stop advocacy at all levels of the public and private sector if our communities are going to survive.

The same tired politics of the past aren't working. We need a new generation of leaders to solve the issues facing us in the 21st century.

Kevin Labenz

candidate for Minnesota House

of Representatives in District 23A




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