Who knew besides Lundell?


On the article about the Honorable Judge Eric Lundell being observed hitting a pillar at a bank ATM that damaged his truck by a police officer and then ignoring the officer's request to stop and then failing some field sobriety tests and then blowing a 0.129 on the breathalyzer and then being released without OWI charges is incredulous.

Unless I'm missing something here, it appears to me that Lundell was given preferential treatment. I believe that if anyone else were in a similar situation as Lundell, the final results would be much different. OWI charges most likely would been enforced or at least a moving violation such as reckless driving for example.

At least we learned something from the article:

Who knew you could blow a 0.129 on a PBT and not be guilty of OWI?

Who knew some people can opt out of some of the field sobriety tests?

Who knew if you are a certain age the "one leg" test doesn't count?

Who knew you need to fail 4 of 6 on the eye tests, that's if you choose to not opt out of this test too?

Who knew if you pass your field sobriety tests the PBT is used to determine if you can drive your vehicle safely.

The Honorable Judge Eric Lundell has been holding people accountable for their misdeeds for about 30 years. What does honorable mean: honest, moral, ethical, decent, full of integrity, high principled, reputable, law-abiding?

Where is your honor Judge Lundell? The police felt there was not enough evidence to file charges but your PBT clearly shows you were legally too intoxicated to drive. Don't you owe the citizens of St. Croix County some kind of public explanation or apology?

Dan Ring

Lake Elmo, Minn.

Library funding


Thanks to Roy Sjoberg for his response to my Dec. 13 library funding letter. While I disagree with his spin of the facts, I respect his opinion as I hope he'd respect mine. He said actions taken by the Hudson Library were "unethical" and "shameful." Based on my understanding of the facts, I can easily argue that they acted as prudent fiduciaries to protect the financial solvency of our local library. An honest mistake was made, and they acted in the best interest of the financial sustainability of the library.

With that said, I have two suggestions: first, let the readers decide their own opinion. To that end I'd suggest they view the Hudson City Council meeting of Sept. 18, 2017 - about 18 minutes into meeting (available on the city's website). Mayor O'Connor gives a clear and specific synopsis of the real facts.

Secondly, let's stop holding grudges and pointing fingers, and look for real solutions to the issue. After all, isn't that what elected officials are supposed to do? I tried to suggest some possible compromises at a County Board meeting last summer only to fall mostly on deaf ears. Let's move forward and look for realistic, constructive solutions - not continuing to rehash the past, regardless of how we view it. To that end, I challenge the County Board to do so.

Bob Long

Town of Hudson

Former County Board Supervisor, District 6

New Year's resolution


As we approach a new year, one normally makes New Year's resolutions. These resolutions generally involve self-improvement like losing weight, reading more books and so on. Perhaps a resolution you might want to consider for 2019 is to improve the world for future generations by supporting a new, exciting legislative initiative.

Our world climate is under severe stress. The scientistS agree, heat-trapping gases, those caused by the use of fossil fuels is creating global warming. Increases in average temperatures are creating extreme weather conditions worldwide. Climatologists have correlated very small increases in average temperatures to severe droughts, super storms, hurricanes and raising oceans. We need to reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases on a world-wide basis.

A major part of the solution is to support the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (HR 7173). This would place a steadily rising fee on carbon pollution and return all the revenue to households equally.

This bill is a market-based approach with bipartisan sponsors (currently three Republicans and four Democrats) that will drive down carbon pollution while putting money in people's pockets. It is good for business and creates jobs.

It's easy to make this New Year's resolution come true. All you need to do is contact your representatives, Sens. Johnson and Baldwin and Congressman Duffy and tell them to put aside partisan differences and for the good of our nation and the world, start addressing climate change by enacting the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act in the next session of Congress.

Michael Pesko

Rice Lake