Says Republican lawmakers shirking their duties

To the Editor:

This week a bill was introduced in the Senate by the GOP majority that would put the issue of Voter IDs on the ballot in November. I don’t wish to debate the issue of Voter IDs, which the GOP across the nation are pushing in response to a non-existent problem, while ignoring the important issue of the economy and job creation. However, my concern is about what is the function of the Legislature today.

Today’s constitutional amendment proposal is in addition to the “Marriage” amendment already placed on the November ballot by the GOP majority last session. Additionally, there are at least three more issues being contemplated by the GOP as potential amendments to the constitutions (one by our own Senator Sean Nienow).

In my opinion, the GOP in Minnesota is shirking the duties placed upon them by their constituents. It appears as though they will be placing all controversial issues into the realm of constitutional amendments “so that the people can decide.”

I have an even better idea. Let’s have all proposals for legislation proceed “so that the people can decide.”

In other words eliminate all legislators. If they won’t do their job, we don’t need them at all. Right?

It is a difficult job assignment for sure, but if the legislators (in this case primarily GOP) feel they cannot fulfill the responsibilities relegated to them, and wish the people to decide the tough questions without legislative debate; then they should either resign, or they should without delay, draft the wording for a Constitutional Amendment to eliminate the Legislature completely and put all decisions directly into the hands of the people. We don’t need them anymore.

However, under current law, we are a representative democracy, in which we have elected legislators to provide leadership, and pass legislation that provides for the general well-being of the State.

Minnesota Legislators, I implore you, do the job you have been elected to do. Pass legislation for the well-being of all of Minnesota. Stop clouding the air with provocative issues that divide the populace and inspire discrimination.

Get going on creating jobs, improving education, and rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. That’s what you were elected to do.

Emil Dahlberg

North Branch

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