I stand corrected on the matter of Hwy. 20. It has been so long since I made an error on any political subject it was interesting to experience the feeling again.
Though I might have exaggerated the condition of the rails (for humor) the tracks are a nuisance and should be fixed, much like DFL followers are a nuisance and should also be fixed (with a change of attitude).
The state of Minnesota. How do I dislike thee? Let me count the ways. The Viking stadium muddle, the pension plan balances, light rail priorities, the monies lavished on the University. The trouble is that DFL legislators are not geniuses; few of them can understand the concept of the hula hoop much less spell simple words such as antidisestablishmentarianism. (And no, I did not have to go to the dictionary for that one.)
And let me add, while I think an exchange of ideas on the opinion page of the local newspaper is healthy, very few circumstances and even fewer minds are changed by these letters. Involved citizens are the basis of progress and change. Now, someone may say, "Why then, Mr. Hammes, do you write your amusing sometimes not so amusing letters to the Beacon?" For that we must go to the ancient Greek philosopher Plato. He said, "Serious things cannot be understood without laughable things, nor opposites at all without opposites."