On Osmek’s response to Southwest Light Rail

To The Editor:

State Senator David Osmek’s recent attacks on the Southwest Light Rail Transit project and a reported “crude” email about it, sent from his government email server in February to a St. Louis Park resident, has perked my curiosity.

I live in Eden Prairie but have friends and family who are represented by Sen. Osmek. I have been questioning and participating in the planning process of Southwest Light Rail for nearly 16 years and find some of Sen. Osmek’s comments misleading and offensive. (more…)

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Osmek’s comments on Southwest Light Rail

To the Editor:

Sen. Dave Osmek, Mound, was crass and cavalier in his response to a constituent’s concern about light rail, as reported in the StarTribune. Osmek called it “a liberal wet dream.” I thereafter emailed him, criticizing his response and questioning his ability to represent his constituents. (I said he is unfit.)

He immediately, to his credit, responded, but accusing me of being from St. Louis Park (outside his district), and therefore had no right to give him my opinion. This was even though I had given him my full home Tonka Bay address, clearly in his district.

His complete email: “Just to correct you, the email was from St Louis Park. Last time I checked, that isn’t in SD33.”

He made no argument in favor of his position, no response other than a Trump-like knee jerk attack on my legitimacy to give my representative my opinion, rather than a discussion of the issues. As I then wrote back to him, “Some representative. Still unfit.”

Gary A. Thompson
Tonka BaySun Papers, March 16, 2017

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Light Rail debate raging again at Capitol

The following article by Brian Bakst was posted on the MPR News website March 7, 2017:

The debate over the Southwest Light Rail Transit line is roaring again at the Capitol.

A pair of bills from Sen. David Osmek, R-Mound, debated Tuesday in separate committees, would restrict the use of public money for construction or operation of any new rail transit lines without explicit legislative approval.

“If we had had this law in place before we started all of the spending, we wouldn’t have problems today,” said Osmek. (more…)

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Rep. Cindy Pugh doesn’t think we need to protect the environment

Early last month, Rep. Cindy Pugh (HD33B, R) became a co-author of HF-551.

Why is that a big deal?

This bill would revoke any and all rulemaking authority by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Pollution Control Agency.  Placing jurisdiction over the environment and natural resources of the state in legislative control, eliminating the people with the expertise and training to understand the science of protecting the environment for us, our children and their children.

Don’t think that’s a good idea? Let her know. You can call her office at 651.296.4315 or send her an email at rep.cindy.pugh@house.mn.  Have friends and family who’d be concerned with this type of overreach? Pass the information along.

And, don’t forget doing letters to the editor:

Lakeshore Weekly News
Minnetonka Sun-Sailor
Minnetonka Sun-Current — instructions here (they want snail mail submission)

You can follow the progress of the bill here.

 

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