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LET Defeat of outdoors bill hurts area

In our area, the outdoors plays a crucial rule in both our economy and our quality of life. Whether it be fishing, hunting or simply enjoying the scenery, we have all benefited from our natural resources in one way or another.

Imagine my shock when I found out that our state senator, Steve Murphy, voted to deny debate on a proposal that would establish dedicated funding for Minnesota's natural resources. The proposal has been around for a few years now and would allow voters to amend the state Constitution to establish permanent funding for outdoor improvements.

When a motion was made last week to bring this measure up for debate, Sen. Murphy and his DFL colleagues voted against it on a straight party-line vote. Maybe Sen. Murphy was swayed by his metropolitan-area colleagues, but I am disappointed that he would vote against something so important to our area.

I would hope that in the future Sen. Murphy would have the courage to vote for his constituents on issues like this, rather than simply voting with his party.

Sue; Matuszewski

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Zumbro; Falls

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