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An open letter from a friend.
I was NO fan of Paul Wellstone but I felt horrible when I heard of his plane crash. I watched his memorial service but had to turn it off as it quickly morphed into a political "For Paul" debacle. However, that wasn't his fault. I was a big fan of Jim Ramstad, however. Now he was truly one of the last reasonable politicians. Too bad there haven't been any more of his kind to take his place. Thus, we are stuck with the totally dysfunctional, my way or the high way, get nothing done legislature
Thank you, Congressman Ramstad, for your heartfelt letter. I am a democrat, but voted for you. You are a missed voice of reasonableness in government.
I was 32, driving home from school finishing my BA degree at Metro State. it was raining on 94/Midway. I saw Wellstone's, big, green bus, the radio announced it the crash and I cried the rest of my way home to Plymouth. 10 years later, I have an amazing life and I dearly miss Wellstone, he gave me courage to quit my low paying job, go back to school and do my best. Thank you for the courage and thank you Ramstad-you are my hero too!
RIP, Sen. Wellstone.
Mr. Ramstad this really forces one to reflect. Beautifully written!
Thank you Mr. Ramstad, for your heart-felt letter to your friend. And as you show, even if Paul disagreed with someone, they were his friends. Compared to most in politics today, both of you were guided by your principles and conscience. That matters to, at least, some of us. Government is worse off for the absence of both Paul and yourself.
How nice to read this letter, written by a Republican about a Democrat. We need more of this "work together" to get things done attitude. Thank you Congressman Ramstad.
It's too bad there aren't any politicians on the left like Ramstad.
Wellstone was true to his very liberal, but very dangerously liberal beliefs
Paul Wellstone was my friend and he was my teacher. I knew Paul and Sheila for many years, starting as a student in Northfield. Like many, I did not always agree with Paul's politics, but I knew one very important thing about him....He was one of the handful of people I have EVER known who genuinely cared about other people and doing the right thing (no matter what the cost) than he cared about personal power or money. God has not blessed us with nearly enough people like Paul and Sheila, and for that we are surely the poorer. Peace to you my old friends, I miss you.
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