Letters: Replace the ash trees with money trees

‘WE NEED MONEY TREES’

It’s time to pay the first half of our property taxes. Since the city of St. Paul seems to think we all have bottomless bank accounts, I expect the city to replace all the diseased ash trees cut down with money trees.

Yes, we need money trees on our boulevards that actually leaf-out money, like bills with a $10 face value, to help property owners pay their outrageous, unaffordable, soaring-out-of-control, unacceptable property taxes. I am not joking.

Sue Shetka, St. Paul

 

CHALLENGING THE MET COUNCIL

For those who have followed Jason Lewis’ career from the days when he led the tax rallies on the steps of the state Capitol in St. Paul to his election to Congress, it is no surprise that he would become a lawmaker in Washington who actually lives what he believes and acts on those beliefs. His leading role in challenging how the Met Council operates — by introducing a measure that has passed the U.S. House — offers hope to the overtaxed citizens of Minnesota and the entire country.

The mentality of many in leadership roles is that if the federal government is offering money for certain projects or “visions” such as light rail, for example, the money is “free,” and if it isn’t spent, regardless of whether the projects funded make sense for the community, it is “lost” free money. I believe this is the case with light rail. Some folks in Washington had a vision and created this boondoggle, which has cost the American taxpayers billions of dollars in federal and state dollars, and which I feel certain will eventually be replaced with a return to buses in Minnesota. Light rail might be a solution to a problem in larger cities and states with more congestion, but the total cost, from installation to maintenance of light rail in Minnesota — which the Met Council has foisted on the public — hasn’t produced the economical feasibility that would convince me that it was a really good idea.

The St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce and the Minneapolis Regional Chamber may support Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey in his defense of the Met Council, but a census of the general public might yield a more accurate survey.

This state and country need more practical, common-sense leaders in Washington who have the strength to challenge the status quo that Jason Lewis possesses.

Linda Merkel, Lindstrom

 

 

 


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