Our local legislators are willing to listen to concerns

Dear Editor:

I attended a Town Hall meeting at the North Branch Library on Saturday, Feb. 19. There was a full house listening to and asking questions of Minnesota Senator Sean Nienow, and Representatives Bob Barrett and Kurt Daudt 17. Much of the time was spent briefing us on what has happened the first weeks of the Session. All three were newly elected last November, replacing Democrats in the Legislature.

These three conservatives are among those looking very closely at the massive budget problem we have in Minnesota, how much it needs cutting, and will make smart careful decisions on where. It became plain to those of us listening that this is a very complex issue. Many of the questions asked by citizens centered on where the cuts will likely be, what services may be reduced and how much.

Among them they carry leadership positions, and seats on such committees as Finance, Education, Health & Human Services, Rural Economics, Property Taxation and Rules. All these areas are of utmost interest to those of us who live in this district and I am very glad these three are decision makers in these areas. Though there were a lot of people there, many more citizens need to come out to these meetings to learn and to ask questions. This year or two coming up may be the most crucial of our lives. These men are very willing to listen to what you think so get involved.

Dan Lansing
North Branch