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SENTINEL TRIBUNE V olnt Wednesday, August 4, 2004 Page BETWEEN THE By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune LINES Leveling the field Last week I received an email from Leigh Pomeroy the DFL endorsed candidate for the first congressional district. The email was a copy of a letter he sent to encumbent Congressman Gill Gutnecht. The text of the letter is as fol- lows. July 29, 2004 Congressman Gil Gutknecht 425 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Gil: ! read with interest Ed Felker's article in the Rochester Post-Bulletin that your campaign was sitting atop a "war chest" of $576,447. As you may know, I have recently been honored with the endorsement of the Democratic- Farmer-Labor Party to be their candidate for Congress in Minnesota's 1st Congressional District. Because of the late start of my campaign and the fact that we began with nothing in our treas- ury, I thought it only fair to the cit- izens of the district that I ask you for half of the $576,447 you have in cash reserves for your campaign. I'm sure you'll agree with me that money should have no influence on the outcome of elections; rather, that our elections should be decid- ed by the free and open exchange of ideas and positions on the issues at least, that's what our coun- try's founding fathers intended when they drew up the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Of course, to be fair, if you give me half of yours, I would be very happy to give you half of mine. [can easily put Our treasurer 'i;'toUch with your treasurer, so I look forward to your response at the earliest possible time. Sincerely Leigh Pomeroy DFL Endorsed Candidate 1st Cong. Dist., MN Well I suppose the letter was meant to be tongue in cheek, but then on the other hand it is a problem for any challenger in state or higher offices. As many of you probably know my political views are some what left of the middle. Having said that, even though GillGutnecht is a bit to the right I feel he is close enough to the middle that I do in fact agree with a lot of the things he is doing. Gutnecht often goes against his party when he feels he must do what he thinks is the right thing to do. I certainly respect that and I must say our district is in very capable hands under his leadership. As for Pomeroy I know very little about the man so I can not say whether I agree with his positions or not. But I must give him high marks for cleverness. Best friend on the mend Well things are going better on the Merchant home front. I was able to bring Best Friend home last Wednesday, at least a day earlier than expected. She is still sore and not moving very fast but improving every day. One of our sons comment- ed to her the other night, "milk it for all you can." Have a great week! Letter to editor Kiffmeyer says Register to Vote Now Election Day, November 2nd, is just around the corner. Now is the time to register to vote. It's easy to do: You just com- plete a voter registration form and send it in. You may register on Election Day, but registering ahead of time has some definite advantages. First, if you register early, you will receive a handy post card in the mail that will tell you what district you live in, where your polling place is located, and what local office oversees your elections. Then, during the campaign sea- son, you can focus on the political races that are relevant to you, you will know ahead of time where to go to vote, and you will know who to contact if you need to vote by absentee ballot or if you have other questions. Second, if you register early, you already will be on the list of eligi- ble voters on Election Day, so you can just walk into your polling place and sign in, without having to go through the registration process that day. You will avoid potentially having to stand in : another line, you will avoid having :to fill out another form, and you ;. able to get in and out of the !' polling place more quickly. i. If you need a voter registration ; form, you can call my office at 1- !,877.600-VOTE, or 651-215-1440, ,or go to http://www, sos. state, tion/MNVRCard.pdf. I look for- ward to your participation on Election Day. Thank you, Mary Kiffmeyer Secretary of State 651-297-8919 We welcome your participa- tion, whether in letters or com- mentary. If possible, please make your submission by e-mail to sen- Conventional mail address is Sentinel Tribune, P.O. Box 98, Westbrook, MN 56183. Our Fax.number is 507- 274-6137. We require submis- sions be exclusive to us in our market area. All must include writ- ere name, address, and day time telephone number. Letters should be brief, up to 250 words, other submissions should be no longer than 500 words. Odginal items can not be returned unless the writer would pick them up at the office or send self addressed stamped envelope. No items will be kept longer than 30 days. We reserve the right to refuse publi- cation of any submitted letters or stories. '1 ,i i ,. Sentinel Tribune ": (ISSN 8750-3905) ," ThomasMerchant Managing Editor Roxy Soil Ad Layout & Office Manager ,'. Tom Merchant Advertising Sales , Junette Merchant Westbrook Office & Production ' Nancy Goring Production Joan Spielman Production ,': Carolyn Van Loh assignment reporter " Ted Herder Walnut Grove news correspondent Published every Wednesday at Westbrook, Minnesota 56183 : Periodicals Postage Paid at Westbrook, Minnesota 56183 ,t SUBSCRIPTION PRICE FOR THE SENTINEL TRIBUNE WILL BE: In the following counties: Cottonwood, Redwood, Lyon, " Murray and Nobles $25.00 Per Year - $17.00 6 Months (includes = L AI Bart... "Stories from the Batt Cave" Hartland News Here is the latest news from Hartland Harold. Harold knows all that is worth suspecting. Claude Drain, local plumber, tells why he only sells square bathtubs. "You'll never see a ring in one of my tubs" says Claude. Watch Out Shop offers alarm clocks that never go off until noon for retired people. Dont 9_sin weight in the wrong places. Eat at the Village Inn. Local English class filled with stu- dents who are averse to poetry. The Old Roadhouse offers the Highway 13 Filet. The filet is guar- anteed to be 100 percent venison. Stop at Betty's Beauty Shop. You'll love what she tries to do with your hair. Senator Olson declares that it's the people who elected him who are to blame. Driver's training car found atop local water tower. 'It was the worst case of parallel parking lye ever seen' says the instructor, Paul Bearer. Harley's Septic Pumping Service guarantees satisfaction or your mer- chandise cheerfully refunded. If you love the old car smell, you'll love Jake's Junkers. Sign seen on the =We're Open When It's Convenient For Us Store": =Please let us know if you intend on doing any shoplifting." Owner of =Douglas & Dog Incorporated" regrets that he never had any children. Food fight at the Bath Cafe results in coconuts being taken off the menu. Ten-foot pole refuses to let any- one touch it. Mannie Bucks owns 4 cars. He keeps one pointed in each direction to save time. Local auto body shop repairman, Denton Fender, enjoys hobby of feeding deer in the middle of the road. State legislature sends bill legaliz- ing marijuana to a joint committee. Obesity study looks for larger test group. Bath Care offers high-priced bet- tied water with the recipe for ice cubes on it. Hartland Hauling will go that extra mile for you. That's because they usually miss their turn. Holstein bull hit by ice cream truck. Veterinarian, Ann Thrax, says that the bull suffered no injuries other than a nasty ice cream headache. Study group meeting at Starbucks ponders the age old question "is there life before coffee?' Local Lutheran Church puts up its summer sign reading, "Think it's hot here?" Hugh Mungus gets his own zip code. Discount Exterminators will remove your flying insect pests. The exterminators keep their mouths open while riding motorcycles. County moves "Deer Crossing" sign to a quieter road. Local woman turns 100 years of age for the first time. The Bath Cafe switches to small- er plates in an effort to make their meals appear larger. Local business achieves success by selling car air fresheners that look just like handicapped parking per- mits. Local man charged with cruelty to children after releasing termites into his son's Uncoln Logs. Spud Kanabec, local potato farmer, lets the chips fall where they may. Rock A Dry Baby Diaper Service opens in Hartland. Bath Beef Producers hire John Lennon impersonator to sing, =All We Are Saying, Is Give Beef A Chance." Local entrepreneur, Ray Dio, pro- duces video, "Small Towns Gone Wild." Lake Inferior holds its annual Running With The Bullheads. The residents of Hartland Township are. reminded that it is ille- gal to shoot a sasquatch. Township officials assure taxpay- ers that the holes in the roads are not potholes. They are tank traps. Hartland Auto Parts carries a for every car, regardless of the make. It's called oil. Chicken crosses playground get to the other slide. All county residents to get 15 utes of rain. Judge Mental rules that french fries cold is a felony. Local teacher, Sue Perfluous car accident while grading on curve. Bath Care allows premises. "But only if you're says Frank Furter, the owner. Hartland Drug offers to prescriptions. The whale-watching tour scheduled on Hartland's Inferior this weekend has been celed. No whales signed up cruise. Atkins Dieters panic in Hartland "a bagel was discovered in the supply. The Hartland Diet Plan--that sists of eating all the Twinkles like--produces a lab rat the size Chew Suburban. Local lumberyard becomes certified. An otter is Hartland attraction. =He's unlike all otters," says zookeeper. Pizza deliveryman beats department to smoking grill. Newly elected mayor recount. 500-Pound man has crush on pound woman. Clock thief faces time. Man is cremated and his scattered over local dress shop order to make sure his wife will him regularly. Local man finds missing link I breakfast. 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