Will leaders stand up to Trump?

To the Editor:

As someone who’s been deeply troubled by the administration in general and by the firing of FBI Director Jim Comey in particular, I was cautiously heartened by Rep. Erik Paulsen’s somewhat tepid statement calling for an independent investigation. Words are important, and so this is a decent start. However, if he does believe the situation is serious enough (as I do) to warrant an investigation of the president, then he must take action.

One thing he could do at any time is to sign on as a co-sponsor of HR 356 (which actually establishes what Rep. Paulsen is calling for) as his fellow Republicans Reps. Walter Jones, R-North Carolina, and Justin Amash, R-Michigan, have. Will he? Or will he take other significant action? Past experience has shown he won’t. (more…)

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Paulsen brought criticism on himself

To the Editor:

Athens had Socrates. Eden Prairie has Rick Wall.

Plato said Socrates described himself as a “gadfly” sent to torment the people of Athens by asking uncomfortable questions and goading the citizens into self-examination. Eden Prairie has Wall’s April 21 “Sure is a lot of Paulsen Bashing” letter. In it Wall asked where the “concerned citizens” have been for the “last eight years” and questioned their motivation for “crawl(ing) out of the woodwork like termites in the spring to bash U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen.” (more…)

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Paulsen follows President Trump

To the Editor:

Congressman Erik Paulsen has made it clear to his constituents in the Minnesota 3rd District that he is little more than a follower of President Donald Trump and the Republican Party.

His recent votes, especially on the American Health Care Act, have shown that he is willing to put party over the good of the Minnesotan 3rd. While he attempted to explain his vote in his May Star Tribune op-ed, Paulsen fails to convincingly address the issues. (more…)

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Missing the Point?

To the Editor:

I think the 80 or so percent of Trump supporters who still support him and believe what he says miss the point of what the anti-Trump people are seeing. We see a sexual predator, perpetual liar, racist, arrested adolescent and crying man/baby. Our moral standards are way too high to support a person like that. We are astonished that a morally and intellectually bankrupt person is our president, put there by people who value ideology, power and party more than country and humanity. We believe in bravery, freedom and facts. The only fake news is what comes out of Trump’s tweets, mouth and the White House press office. I think we can now call it even between Hillary’s e-mails and Donny’s dump of intel into the Russians’ lap when we talk of mishandling of secrets, OK? Donny is a frightened little boy who is in way over his head, and the likes of Erik Paulsen seem to share his fear, depraved morality, greed and religious intolerance. Good luck with that in the next election.

Greg Oasheim, Minnetonka
Star Tribune, May 18, 2017

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Erik Paulsen and the GOP at the tanning salon

To the Editor:

To look my best for my high school prom in 1987, I went to a tanning salon. Everyone in my suburb did! We thought that tans looked healthy. Thirty years later, tanning salons persist, as does the perception among many Caucasian teens that they look better with a tan.

Now I’m a dermatopathologist, and I have diagnosed thousands of skin cancers – the vast majority a result of exposure to UV light. I see a range of sun-related tumors. Some are common and treatable, such as basal cell carcinomas and others are deadly, such as melanoma. My colleagues in dermatology see patients who are obsessed with reversing the effects of sun-damage. The consensus in the medical field is clear – sun exposure damages skin, from cosmetic changes (premature aging) to altered DNA (cancer).
Scientists and medical professionals are also in agreement about the special danger of tanning salons as distinct from sun exposure alone. Researchers estimate that indoor tanning may cause upwards of 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the U.S. each year. More young women develop melanoma than young men, thought to be related to the ubiquity of tanning bed use in this population. It’s clear that use of tanning beds lead to more medical problems and health care needs. Based on this evidence, the fact that the ACA imposed a 10-percent tax on tanning as a way to help fund coverage for some 20 million Americans made sense to me. (more…)

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Clarity from Researching Rep. Paulsen AHCA Commentary

To the Editor:

After Rep. Erik Paulsen’s OpEd (My health care vote will put Minnesotans back in control, May 8, Star Tribune) I went searching for more clarity. Among many published items, I found a summary article, Prestigious medical groups denounce health care vote, at cbsnews.com [1] I learned Congressman Paulsen, my CD3 representative, lies by omission.

Consider this from the American Academy of Pediatrics statement on AHCA: (more…)

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Anselmo’s vote would guarantee gridlock

To the Editor:

Perhaps State Rep. Dario Anselmo has a great car that never breaks down. Or perhaps he has friends who can give him a ride at a moment’s notice. Or perhaps he has the magical ability to teleport himself to wherever he wants to go. Whatever his reasons, how fortunate for Anselmo that he never has to worry about how he will get around!

It might explain why he voted on March 31 to slash Metro Transit regular route bus service by a whopping 40 percent (House File 861). This would literally cripple mass transit in the metro area, dealing a devastating blow to people who rely on buses for jobs, medical appointments and regular daily routines. (more…)

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Paulsen faces away from constituents

To the Editor:

What an appropriate picture! Erik Paulsen’s back facing the camera (Edina Sun Current May 4). That’s the Paulsen way. The guy doesn’t host town halls or take questions from Minnesota Public Radio. Why? Because he voted for the unvetted and vindictive Trump-Ryan health care joke and is afraid.

This bill is racist (can’t let Barack Obama succeed), classist (reward the rich and rob the poor) and misogynist (restrict women’s right to health care procedures), and Erik Paulsen voted enthusiastically for the “legislation.” Make no mistake about it Third District, and wake up: Erik Paulsen is Michele Bachmann in a suit.

David Anger, Edina
Edina Sun-Current, May 15, 2017

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What we have is a Trump puppet

U.S. Rep. Erik paulsen has campaigned in the past as a moderate and a math guy. Unfortunately, based upon his vote for Trumpcare this week, with no public hearings, no congressional debate, no Congressional Budget Office report/score, he has proven hismelf to be neight. He has shown us who he really is:  an arm of the far right, ultra conservative wing of the Republican Party.

In the last three Presidential races, the Democrats have won our district (CD-3) all three times. This is a moderate district, but Paulsen doesn’t think so. Rep. Paulsen has voted with President Donald Trump on 100 percent of his votes this session of Congress. What we have here is neither a moderate not a math guy. What we have here is a Trump puppet.

Time to do the math and find a new representative that will stand up for our district.

Wendy O’Connor, Chanhassen
Chaska Herald, May 11, 2017

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