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THE NORTHERN

STAR

Thursday, April 30, 2009 CLINTON, MN 1,930 (15) Newspaper (W) 4 Center For Rural Affairs

EDITORIAL Legislators Have Many Requests The Minnesota Legislature is quickly approaching the time for adjournment. The final date is supposed to be May 18 and according to the mail, emails and requests we receive at the newspaper office they have a lot to do. Likewise, Congress although they have more time but considerably much more to deal with. We have received requests to publish articles about the need for financial support for public television as well as for seniors and health care; for schools, for nursing homes and care centers. I have been asked to write letters of support for prog'rams that help people in the employment areas through my involvement with the Workforce Council. The needs are great and apparently the funding isn't. Telling folks to cut their budgets isn't really a very easy thing to do we hear over and over again how much more the services are needed including food shelves, medical assistance, fuel assistance - and the loss of jobs and closing and downsizing of companies appear to keep happening. We recently received a 'news connection' story regarding health care 'Rural communities in Minnesota and nationally need a seat at the health-care table. That's the advisory from the Center for Rural Affairs which says small towns should have a big voice in discussions about what reforms to make;" Jon Bailey, director of rural research and analysis, says rural residents are not well served by the current system. 'aural communities have less access to so many things involved in the health-care system, and there are more uninsured and more underinsured. Rural people generally pay more and get less," that's Bailey's comments. He notes the Obama administration is holding 'listening sessions" to get feedback on how to fix the nation's health care system, so this is a good time for rural America to weigh in. He says whatever program emerges will have huge implications and has to work for everyone, wherever they live. Bailey says the Center for Rural Affairs held several public forums to help identify rural health-care reform priorities. The economy ranked high, because small businesses in rural areas are drowning in medical expenses. 'We need to have an affordable system that allows people to start their own businesses, to create jobs for their employees in rural Minnesota and rural America and provide health-care benefits for them!' What we need and what we're going to be able to get appear to be miles apart. If you have something particular that you're concerned about make sure you let your voice be heard - our elected officials want to hear from us, I'm sure of that. And maybe soon we may have our second U.S. Senator One thing I really can't figure out is why should the National Republican party have anything to say about who serves as Minnesota's Senator?

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