The Free Press, Mankato, MN

July 18, 2013

Walz falls short on farm bill

The Mankato Free Press

---- — In his speech on the House floor on July 11, Congressman Tim Walz twice used the word “extremist” to describe responsible congressmen who want to trim back the excessive farm bill spending of $1 trillion over 10 years. He also used the word “abomination” to describe the bill because it has been properly divided into two bills, one a farm bill, the other a food stamp bill.

Name calling instead of giving information is unbecoming a member of Congress. We should all be embarrassed by the behavior of Walz regarding the farm bill.

Elsewhere, those who want to reform the broken food stamp program, Walz described as “wanting to eliminate government altogether”— a complete falsehood.

And Walz is adamantly opposed to following the good government principle that every bill should deal with only one subject. Separating food stamps and farm policy is the only way we have a chance to have good bills in either area. If a bill can’t stand on its own merits, it needs to be changed.

Congressmen like Walz are the reason government spending is out of control. They are the reason Congress has an all time low approval rating.

Name calling, falsehoods, unwillingness to be part of good government procedure and out of control spending — that is what we have in Tim Walz

Allen Quist

St. Peter

Thunder of Drums supporters appreciated

StrokeStyle/$ID/Japanese DotsThe Mankato Downtown Kiwanis’ annual summer event the Thunder of Drums drum and bugle corps competition recently held at Minnesota State University’s Blakeslee Field was attended by thousands of Mankato Area residents and visitors from at least 134 other communities and 13 states. This year we were pleased to host international visitors with the addition of the Stabekk School Band from Norway to our pre-show lineup.

The overall event produced a high-energy, celebratory atmosphere. However, we have become aware that this year we faced some challenges with reserved seating due to errors made in the printing of the tickets. To those who were inconvenienced, we sincerely apologize and thank you for your patience. We are correcting this for future events as it is always our number one priority to have everyone attending the show enjoy an exciting evening of riveting music and colorful, precise pageantry.

We, the Thunder of Drums committee, and the Mankato Downtown Kiwanis are thankful to everyone who attended, which allows us to contribute the net proceeds to youth projects including Camp Patterson on Lake Washington, which annually hosts more than 2,500 children during camping season, the Mankato 77 Lancers Marching Band, and all Kiwanis youth service clubs. We thank those who have supported the Kiwanis Thunder of Drums for the last 23 years and hope to earn your continued support for next year’s show.

Doug Faust


Howard Haugh


Co-chairs Thunder of Drums Committee