An interesting letter to local legislators. Since she copied me and other media, I'll post it without further ado...her unedited opinions:
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Subject: FW: Concerns about Voter Fraud with DMC bill - URGENT
Date: 5/23/13 9:58:49 PM
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Sen. Senjem, Rep. Quam, Rep. Benson, Sen. Nelson, Rep. Drazkowski, Rep. Norton, Rep. Liebling:
Some of you were present this evening at the Rochester Tea Party Meeting at RCTC (the Republicans) and some of you were not (the Democrats). Thank you to the ones who showed up (the Republicans). To the ones who did not no thank you (the Democrats). It's awfully difficult to ask questions of you when you don't even bother to show up even though you represent us here in SE Minnesota. Let me remind you that we the citizens and the people of the State of Minnesota do pay your salaries, and if you properly represent us we expect that you are there to answer our questions about what you did and did not accomplish in the past legislative session. Obviously all you did mostly was spend money we don't have on things we don't need, but the majority is Democrats, and that's what Democrats do. Either way, please review once again my letter below regarding voter fraud. I am still waiting to hear back from our attorney general. When I asked a direct question this evening after reading this letter to the entire group present of you who were present at the meeting I asked a direct question and did not get any direct answer. I will repeat my question and ask a second and third one this time hoping to get a more clear and concise response instead of beating around the bush. In terms I can easily understand please answer the following questions for me:
1) You represent us as taxpayers. How can you in your right conscience allow this voter fraud to happen? Regarding the DMC and .5 percent sales tax this clearly is voter fraud. There was no transparency to us voters at all. When we voted months and months ago for the .5 percent sales tax in Rochester we as voters were NEVER told what exactly the money would be used for. After it was voted in (the .5% sales tax) months later this past January, 2013, then we were told that you would use it for DMC and "infrastructure".
Folks, this is millions of dollars wasted. Mayo can afford to cover this on their own! If you were intimidated by Mayo threatening to leave Rochester and the "49 other states want us as Dr. Noseworthy stated", remember this -- those buildings downtown don't have wheels! Mayo and the rest of whoever wants money for things which seems to be many groups and organizations are continuing to threaten you, and you just seem to give in to all of them, our tax dollars given away for things we don't need with money we don't have. (Some of you do I should say - Sen. Senjem and the Democrats, those of you who want to spend our money without any thought of the fact that we don't have that much money to be spending).
Many of us do not want this city to grow that large. You are creating twice as much crime and a lot more problems. We, many of us, have lived here all our lives and would rather not live in a huge metro city. Who asked us? Answer: Nobody!!! This was all done behind closed doors, it was a cover up! It reminds me of Obama and Nixon. Cover up, lies, cover up, scam, cover up, fraud, voter fraud!
So please tell me in a short sentence or two without other garbage in there why did you commit voter fraud? There was no transparency with this. I want a straight answer. For those who voted against this (Quam, Nelson, Benson and Drazkowski) you need not answer. I want a straight answer from Liebling, Norton and Senjem. Why can't the citizens of Rochester VOTE on this themselves? You represent us, you are not to be dictators and tell us how the money is spent. We should be able to have a revote because this was voter fraud! Tell me, Kim Norton, why do you continue to tell the public that there was transparency? You sound like Obama! There was no transparency! We were not told before we voted on the sales tax what it was to be used for specifically, therefore voter fraud. And another thing I keep reading from Norton, you say that "the majority of Rochester is behind this". If that is true let's have a vote to prove it! I am more than certain that the majority of Rochester does not want higher taxes to pay for Mayo's wants, and you know it.
2) I was born and raised to understand that infrastructure is "roads, curb and gutter". That's it. No more, no less. Why in God's name are we having to pay for an atrium, a waterfall, flowers down the middle of the streets, islands, and what ever else is in that bill with our .5 percent sales tax? What is "infrastructure" by definition? Infrastructure is only roads, curb and gutter. The rest is fluff. We don't need fluff. Mayo patients do not need skyways, underground tunnels, atriums, waterfalls, flowers and islands to survive. They need good medical care, that's all. Why are we spending our money foolishly like this?
3) I am adding one more question to this. Who cares if Duluth, Minneapolis or St. Paul gets more money than us? What is this about "fair share for Rochester" answer. That was not my question! The point is this: Duluth, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Rochester and all the rest of this state don't need most of the stuff that you put into law to pay for with higher taxes. The problem is the spending! It all has to stop! You are lucky that the tea party is not running the government locally, statewide and federally. If we were running this government (the Tea Party), and we should be, this would all stop (the spending money on things we don't need with money we don't have)!!! Those of you who keep spending millions and billions of our hard earned tax dollars without our vote or permission on stupid things need to know something -- millions and billions of us hard working citizens of this state, this city and this country are fed up with you doing that! It needs to stop! The buck stops here! Knock it off! NOW!! And furthermore when you are invited to speak at a meeting with us such as the one this evening by the Rochester Tea Party, the citizens, come to it and we expect you there so stop hiding!!! And one more thing - and this is for Tina Liebling -- I don't care if you "represent me or not" You still represent SE Minnesota and Rochester and you need to listen to me and my fellow citizens regardless of if I am in your district or not. I earn money and pay taxes, therefore you listen to me as I pay your salary and you work for all of us. You are a public servant. I am a citizen of Minnesota, SE Minnesota, and you work for all of us.
Elections have consequences, yes they do, and because of the laws that were passed this past session and the unnecessary spending I hope that you, the ones who voted in all the unnecessary spending are all unseated in the next election. You, the Democrats, also need to meet with the Republicans on budget decisions and the rest of your decisions. No more meetings behind closed doors with Governor Dayton and excluding the Republicans. I hope you go to sleep at night feeling that you have done a poor job. You should feel very guilty about what you have done and continue to do. That is, spending too much of our hard earned money on things that we don't need with money we don't have. I have vowed to write a letter to the editor in the PB once a month for the next several years until Obama is out of office and until you are all unseated from your jobs. I will continue once a month to tell the public what you are spending money on foolishly. Keep it up, and I will continue to broadcast it. My message to you: Shape up or ship out!! Get with the program. You work for us and don't forget it. I expect more from you than what I am seeing.
Thank you to those who did a good job which includes those Republicans who voted "no" on all those spending bills including the DMC. I appreciate you. You are our true patriots. I am proud of you who voted "no". Stand your ground, stand strong for you truly represent us, the citizens of SE Minnesota.
Diana Friemann, Rochester