Thursday, May 24th, 2012
Via Star Tribune:
U.S. HOUSE RACE:
Why Ellison Works on Global Issues
In response to Fifth Congressional District Republican candidate Chris Fields ("North Side needs attentive leadership," May 23): Thank you for your military service, but you missed the mark on Rep. Keith Ellison.
Republican President George W. Bush asked Ellison to act as a goodwill ambassador to the Middle East because of Ellison's unique qualities. As the first Muslim congressman and as an African-American, Ellison has a reputation for gaining respect (and votes) from Christians, Muslims, Jews, and many others at the state and national levels.
He responded to the call of the president as his duty to our nation. Creating connections and friendships among the emerging leaders of the Arab Spring means that fewer Marines, like you, will be asked to sacrifice life and limb in that region.
Ellison has and will continue to be available to help our local communities in good times and bad. Republican control of the U.S. House of Representatives has stymied disaster relief and recovery funding for our nation.
MICHAEL HINDIN, ST. LOUIS PARK
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Via Star Tribune:
U.S. REP. KEITH ELLISON
Contrary to challenger's claim, he's helping poor
"In a recent commentary, Chris Fields, the Republican challenger in the Fifth Congressional District, suggested that Democratic U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison isn't working hard enough for Minnesota families, specifically poor families ("North Side needs attentive leadership," May 21). Fields' clever turns of phrase, such as "customized solutions" and "smart, selfless leadership" belie the evidence that Republicans' assault on services relied on by the poor -- and, increasingly, by the middle class -- leave folks to fend for themselves.
Republican cuts in programs for affordable housing, transportation and health care; its attempts to limit voting to a select few (Republican) constituencies, and its attacks on worker and civil rights all have contributed to the erosion of our communities.
Ellison has focused like a laser beam on alleviating the struggles of working-class families since he took office in 2006. Fighting the relentless Republican strategy to scuttle the American Dream, he has authored or supported bills to create jobs; protect homeowners, workers and consumers, and rebuild crumbling roads and bridges. To help pay for these, Ellison is asking the rich to invest in our collective prosperity by paying the same percentage in taxes as the rest of us do.
"Everybody counts, everybody matters" -- Ellison's motto -- describes his commitment to the American values of fairness and inclusion. Yes, it is that simple."
MONIQUE DUBOS, MINNEAPOLIS