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Letter to the editor: Times are changing

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1.) There was a four percent increase in U.S. health care spending in 2009 and 2010, the lowest annual increases in the past 50 years.

2.) So, I asked myself, "Why does the Keystone XL Pipeline have to go all the way to a port in Texas?" It turns out that it is designated as an International port, where foreign nations can bid on the oil, and when they get the bid, they have to pay no U.S. taxes or fees. And the pipeline in Nebraska would go right through their underground water. And if the pipeline leaked oil, a lot of farmers would be out of business.

Plus, I heard that the oil is dirtier and thicker, and some pipelines have had trouble already with that oil.

3.) Did you hear that ponzi

schemes are on the rise?

4.) Preet Bharara is the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Recently in that district, 63 people have been arrested on inside trading and other stock-fraud-related cases. He has won 56 convictions -seven cases are pending, and he has had no losses.

(5) During a federal level year, we came close to a shutdown, and we did have a state 20-day shutdown. In both cases, did the GOP save the very rich from harm?

6.) So, this lady CEO went from one company to another to become their CEO and, in 4.5 weeks, made $16.5 million.

7.) So, this male CEO of another company has said he has no duty to help the United States with their problems. But in the past, they have asked the U.S. government to help them with their problems, and his company relies on U.S. protection.

8.) So, while the tax rate on U.S. companies is high (35 percent), they actually wind up paying about 12 percent.

9.) While Minnesota has a high tax rate, the amount it pays ranks it about number 31 nationwide.

10.) More Minnesota high school grads, as the cost of college rises, are turning to career and technical schools and, thanks to "no increase taxes to the rich and hold the line on spending," the number of career and technical classes has declined from about 2,750 to 1,200 between 2008 and 2011.

There are now five career and technical schools left statewide since Duluth recently closed its Secondary Technical Center. So how do you feel about an auto mechanics class with 60 students?

11.) So, some say state taxes and sending money to rural areas is not good for small businesses. In the town where I attended grades four- 11, there is no longer a school. Gone from Main Street are three grocery stores, one drug store, one cafe, one garage, one bank and one movie theatre.

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