We’ve never had a perfect president. Some have been good, some not so good. Too many Americans have very short memories. And although individual perspectives often vary, facts never do. Let’s review just some achievements of two presidencies.
Ten years ago, "16 and Pregnant" aired on MTV. For five seasons, viewers followed young women as their experiences of being pregnant and a teenager were sensationalized. MTV provided the snappy editing expected of a reality show, but the situations the girls faced were real and are present i…
A recent guest column was highly critical of electric vehicles and subsidies used to support their adoption. It was written by an individual from a Washington, D.C., think tank, and it made several false or misleading claims which must be corrected.
After over two years of indictments and convictions of lawyers, campaign managers, foreign nationals etc., the Mueller investigation led by Former FBI Director and Special Council under the U.S. Department of Justice did not find any real substantial evidence to convict President Trump of co…
Kudos to Jerry Poole on his letter to the editor (April 27) "Should fourth-graders be taught sex education"? If parents knew what students are being taught, if they had the time to check it out, they would be mortified. Teachers provide a valuable service to our students, but who is pushing …
U.S. Rep. Angie Craig deserves thanks and credit for supporting farmers in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District by sponsoring the Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act of 2019 (HR 2089). This bipartisan legislation would provide a two-year extension of the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax i…
I applaud House DFLers for passing an education budget that invests in what matters most: our classrooms and our students.
First off, I am a hunter and own four hunting guns but it has always seemed to me as I read the Second Amendment that the right to bear arms for hunting or self defense has nothing to do with the Second Amendment. That right is an entirely separate issue and requires separate legislation.
I am writing in response to the article about Brad Tabke's legislative bill to give illegal immigrants drivers' licenses to the state of Minnesota.
I would like to share with you my introduction to Shakopee, a city my husband and I moved to in the fall of 2018.
We all know that Brad Tabke has a history of doing what he thinks is right and not listening to his constituents at all. We have seen this behavior when he was the mayor of Shakopee and continue to see this while he is the state representative of Minnesota House District 55A.
Dear Jerome, I read your letter in the local paper this week and could not believe what I was reading. You are making arguments that do not add up.
Over the last several months I have been working with OutFront Minnesota to finally ban conversion "therapy" in Minnesota.
Is there bias in your newspaper? Why were there three articles/letters against illegal immigrants and no article or letter in their defense.
After reading in the paper about Angie Craig's town hall meeting about a man who would not let her talk and answer him — the man talked about socialism like usual these people do not know what they are talking about.
I've been here in American for two-and-a-half years. I migrated using a K1 visa (fiance visa). We paid the right amount of multiple fees from filing the petition up to having my interview in the U.S. embassy in the Philippines. Obtaining any kind of visa is not easy but it is possible, it to…
On March 14, the Jordan Police Department ordered an evacuation of Valley Green Mobile Home Park in Jordan due to flooding on Sand Creek. The order led to the evacuation and sheltering of several Jordan citizens and a large public safety response that included multiple organizations and volunteers.
Anytime the term “undocumented immigrant” or “illegal alien” is brought up, something strange happens. Angry, xenophobic rhetoric is communicated without a hint of shame by the fearful few who feel as if each immigrating resident is a personal attack on the dominant culture.
Brad Tabke didn't listen to us as mayor of Shakopee when he crammed stuff down the throats of this community. Now after he has climbed the next rung of the political ladder, he is literally laughing in people's face online and poised to slam through his agenda over the objection of his const…
If you read the paper or watch the news there is little doubt that we live in some very challenging political times. Our constitutional form of government assures that the will of the people is met by requiring elections. During these elections the candidates need to differentiate themselves…
Full disclosure: The writer of the Feb. 2 letter that hit the raw nerve of Todd Fracek is my friend. And I can vouch for the fact that she did live under the Communist regime.
The letter to the editor in the Feb. 2 Shakopee Valley News hits all of the stylistic political memes that unfortunately have too often replaced honest discussions these days.
This past Saturday I attended Angie Craig’s town hall meeting at Burnsville High School. It was very well-attended and conducted in a very orderly fashion. Questions were limited to one minute, and Ms. Craig imposed a two-minute limit on her own answers. From what I could surmise, most of th…
Thank you so much for electing me to represent you in the Minnesota House of Representatives at the state capitol in St. Paul. I am honored to have been sworn in on Jan. 8 and am thrilled to be here working for you. Every day I will work toward my commitments to good, transparent government …
Since 1963, the Shakopee area has been home to a Jaycee chapter dedicated to bringing positive change to our community and the world.
Assembling all-star teams isn’t coaching, nor is it what we pay our coaches for. It would be like an algebra teacher who simply replaces their struggling students with A students from the classroom next door. Brilliant!
For years I have enjoyed our national parks for hiking, camping, exploring and sightseeing. In Minnesota we are fortunate to have five national park sites including Voyageurs, Pipestone, Grand Portage, and portions of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers.
It's not every day that a person has an opportunity to help turn back the tides of human rights abuses with a stroke of a pen.
I am a 19-year resident of Savage living in the community of Chadwick Park. I am writing this opinion because of the proposed 13 percent increase in my property taxes and the 35.8 percent decrease in my Homestead Exclusion, all of which has been presented without an explanation or descriptio…
"Thank you" hardly seems adequate when we consider the volunteers, teachers, businesses and civic organizations that came together on Election Day to provide an authentic voting experience for more than 1,300 Shakopee area students.
I’m a 4-H kid from Iowa who grew up on a farm throwing hay bales in the summer, breaking open frozen waterers in the winter, and learning the value of honest, hard work. In 4-H, we spent endless hours talking about communication, citizenship, leadership, and how our service can make a positi…
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