LET A slanted, misleading editorial

In your Saturday editorial you wrote: "In the train wreck that was the 2004 legislative session, the Rochester delegation of lawmakers was unable to arrange a bonding bill compromise. This could be forgiven considering local delegations are not omnipotent, but the Rochester contingent, with the exception of Rochester senators Dave Senjem and Sheila Kiscaden, never stood apart from a partisan process and fought publicly for the city's needs."

Yet, the House passed a bipartisan bonding bill by a vote of 102-30. The Senate passed no bonding legislation. Without a Senate bill, there is nothing to compromise. How can you single out for praise two senators, who were unable to effect a consensus in their own chamber, while criticizing the representatives, who did?

The representatives, especially Carla Nelson and Speaker Steve Sviggum, worked tirelessly this summer to save the bonding bill, meeting with the governor and attempting to meet with the Senate leadership.

It was Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson who was quoted by Minnesota Public Radio on May 3 that the Senate had "done what we need to do" in this session. It was, interestingly, Sen. Kiscaden, who chose not to work on a post-session Senate compromise when it might have mattered, instead spending the summer in England. I am disappointed that the Post-Bulletin would write such a slanted and misleading editorial.

Ray; Banfield



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