I would like to say thank you to Representative Peter Fischer for the column describing an excellent bill that will give help to many families. As an AARP Advocate for Seniors, I am very interested in fairness for all members of the family. As a women born the year a group of very brave ladies gained the right for women to vote, I appreciate that right.
Representative Peter Fischer was a co-author on the bill that put the expensive and failing MNSure into place. The problems with MNSure are widely known: low enrollment numbers, an unbalanced mix of private plans and fully subsidized public plans, $26,000 in bonuses to executives prior to launch, the dissemination of 1600 private social security numbers, extremely long call center wait times and website inaccessibility.
I am a school counselor at Park High School, and I was happy to learn that Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed Feb. 3-7 “School Counseling Week.”
Minnesota has one school counselor for every 792 students, ranking it 48th in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
Once again we are starting a new year, with new City Council leadership. I have ever confidence we have a good team in charge. I do thank Will for all he accomplished as Mayor during his four years. Maplewood Mall in particular has improved so much and I do appreciate the environmental improvements there for watershed.
I was extremely disappointed in the Maplewood Election Results. Especially since Nora Slawik has no intention of bringing back the Citizens’ Forum. The Forum was started by Mayor Gary Bastian and continued through Mayors Bob Cardinal, George Rossbach, and Diana Longrie. Will changed the format and only held 3 of them before discontinuing. Nora says she wants to communicate with citizens -- what better way than the once a month Citizens’ Forum. They have been so successful in the past. Please bring the Citizens’ Forum back.
Election is over and we all have a lot to be grateful for with the results. We elected three very well qualified ladies to guide our City Government for the next four years. They will be open to citizen input on many issues as they keep us the growing thriving City, we have been the past four years.
It is not unusual for people to ask me about the best candidates in a local election and this year is no exception. I thought I could save some people the call by writing this letter. My choice for Mayor is Nora Slawik. A lesson I learned early on is the importance of Maplewood’s relationship with the State and County. Nora’s legislative experience and friendships puts her head and shoulders above anyone else in representing Maplewood.