Ray’s Challenge

Shopping can be a pain especially when you don’t like to shop in the first place. Going to this shopping center, or that mall to buy a gift, for groceries, or to shop for something you need can be a real hassle. Parking is no fun in sub-freezing temperatures. The snow pack, the frozen slush can make hunting for that ultimate parking spot in the several acre parking lot. Ah, then you spot it two spots away from the handicapped parking spot you get a little closer and you wonder how it is possible no one has taken this providential parking spot. Then you find out why.

There’s a shopping cart in the spot. Argh!

The dreaded shopping carts hidden in a parking spot.

I, Publius Jr, have a friend from Wordsmiths Toastmasters Club of which I’ve belonged to since April 2, 2007. My friend’s name is Ray Wallin.  Ray is a painting contractor at A & W Painting and he has a hobby of photography, he likes to camp out in subzero weather, and he is a single father of two boys.  He is an active volunteer at Rondo Library. He has been named as “The Bard“–a title given to the audience favorite at the Annual Wordsmiths Toastmasters Poetry Contest I’ve organized since 2009, held on the 3rd Monday of April.

Ray has some unique observations. During Wordsmiths Toastmasters there is a portion of the meeting in which we practice impromptu speaking called Table Topics. The Table Topics leader will ask an unknown question to a person who doesn’t have a speaking role for the evening to answer and to explain your answer from 1-2 minutes. During a meeting a question was directed to Ray.

His reply was a challenge to those who were listening at the meeting. It went something like this:

“One of things I hate about shopping is when you go to park and you see a spot really close to the entrance of the store and you think you’re really lucky to spot it. When you get ready to turn into it you notice a shopping cart in it.  Argh!

So, what I’ve been doing is when I’m returning to my car, or as I’m walking into the store, or mall, I return those stray carts back to the cart corral or all the way back to the front of the store before I continue on my way.  It isn’t much more than a few minutes out of my day, but I have the feeling I’ve made someone’s day or helped someone without ever meeting that person.

So I challenge you to do the same.” — Ray Wallin’s Table Topics response.

We pick up Ray’s Challenge and pass it along to you to do. It’s not a karma thing, which we don’t believe in. It doesn’t even have to be about wrangling a shopping cart to a proper place, it can be just about anything that helps someone else out without being asked to do it.

If you’re on Twitter please post your completed task by saying what it is and the hashtag #RaysChallenge

It’s all about being a good neighbor and a good citizen.

Please fill this cart corral up and keep those stray carts from ruining other people’s day


We are posting this as a courtesy.  Ray is not affiliated with Saintpaulrepublicans.us, nor is his Painting Company.  This is one of those #BrightIdeas everyone can do no matter their political stripe.  We did get permission to use Ray’s full name and mention his Business.  Wordsmiths Toastmasters is always looking for new members so we added its link as well.

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Super Bowl LII Visitors: A Metro Transit Guide to the Twin Cities

An apt Winter scene many Super Bowl LII fans may experience on Feb 4, 2018


There will be thousands of NFL football fans descending upon the Twin Cities for the big game Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018.  As a courtesy to those visitors to Minnesota’s Twin Cities we are posting the PDF link and website to Metro Transit’s website.

While the Super Bowl LII is here there is also a big celebration of Winter happening over in St Paul.  So no doubt there won’t be a hotel room, nor Airbnb room available during the few days prior to the big game or after.  So having a way to travel to the Super Bowl LII by warm mass transit will be a priority.  This is why we are providing the links to Metro Transit, and also to the St Paul Winter Carnival in case the game is over by halftime you can take in an outdoor activity in St Paul.


Metro Transit’s Minneapolis Visitors Guide Map

Metro Transit’s St Paul Visitors Guide Map

St Paul Winter Carnival January 25 thru February 10, 2018

Metro Transit App/ Super Bowl LII Transportation Options

One note on the guides, the cost of a regular fare is $2.00 for non-rush hour times, it is listed with the old fares.


Here is the new information from the Metro Transit website.

Metro Transit provides easy access and cheap fares make the public transportation system within the Twin Cities one of the nation’s finest. Whether it is to your hotel, downtown, the airport, Mall of America or other entertainment or shopping destination, allow Metro Transit to take you around the town and show you what the Twin Cities has to offer.

Metro Transit operates one of the largest public transportation systems in the country. Riding public transportation is a convenient and inexpensive way to get around.  An all-day unlimited ride pass costs only $6.50 and works for both bus and light rail trips and is available at light rail ticket machines.  Regular fares range from $2 to $3.25, depending on time of day.  If you’re already downtown and need to hop a ride a few blocks, the fare is $0.50 in the Downtown Zone. Look for buses marked “Free Ride” and pay no fare when boarding along Nicollet Mall or the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Popular Destinations in the Twin Cities Metro

Metro Transit offers fast, frequent service to the best of the Twin Cities, including these popular destinations:

> MSP International Airport

> University of Minnesota

> Mall of America

> Minneapolis Convention Center – Nicollet Mall

> TCF Bank Stadium (U of M Gopher football)

> Midtown Global Market

> Uptown Minneapolis

> Lowertown Saint Paul

> Minneapolis Institute of Arts

> Walker Art Center

> Guthrie Theater

> Minnesota Children’s Museum

> Science Museum of Minnesota

Other Resources for Visitors

A note on Light Rail Transit on February 4, 2018

Due to security around the stadium on game day and the proximity of the stadium to the light-rail line, regular light-rail service WILL NOT operate on gameday; only those holding an official Super Bowl LII ticket, along with a Gameday Fan Express Pass will go through security checkpoints and board light-rail at either Mall of America (Blue Line) or Stadium Village (Green Line) stations on February 4, 2018. Green Line service will operate normally between Stadium Village and Union Depot stations on gameday.

For non-game-ticket holders, buses will replace light-rail trains on the entirety of the Blue Line throughout the day on February 4, 2018. Free replacement buses will operate between Target Field Station and Stadium Village Station on the Green Line. Buses run on similar schedules to trains but can take longer; please plan accordingly.

How Do You Use Metro Transit?

Metro Transit provides buses, light-rail and Northstar commuter train services within the greater Minneapolis and Saint Paul area. Visitors may not be aware of what Metro Transit has to offer. Below are some links that may help answer any questions.

How to Ride the Bus

>  How to Ride Light-Rail

Whether you’re looking to save money while visiting the Twin Cities or don’t want to deal with traffic and parking, Metro Transit is here to help and provide resources to help you.

If You Have More Questions

For route and schedule information, use Metro Transit’s online Trip Planner or call a transit information agent at 612-373-3333.


The post above was copied and pasted here.  There was some edits on destinations around the Twin Cities Metro and redundant information.

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Christmas Card from SaintPaulRepublicans.us

Since the founding of the Republican Party in 1854, Christian Values have been a cornerstone of the Party. Many think the party is all about the financial worldview but it isn’t. It was founded on the Christian Worldview and a desire to bring back the freedom and liberty of conscience and the pursuit of happiness that the Founding Fathers of the United States of America had listed in the Declaration of Independence.  Members of the party today who wish to strip the party of Christianity are not welcome and we at SaintPaulRepublicans.us will work to evangelize those people to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal savior. If they resist and reject Jesus we will work to remove them from the party and their ability to influence or intimidate others to feeling small and powerless without their leadership. Putting self ahead of Jesus Christ is the recipe for disaster and misery. Jesus is an excellent master who takes excellent care of all who believe in Him and do his work on Earth until He returns to rule. We believe in putting Jesus Christ First in our lives. Happy is the Nation who Jesus is Lord.  ~~ Publius Jr.



This Christmas Card is for all the people who are friends, and potential friends of ours that we don’t have enough physical Christmas Cards to send out. Feel free to send it to others that you know.

We Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year

God sent his only Son to redeem us from our sins and to teach us how to live, love, pray, and to serve others in His Kingdom. Jesus traded his spirit-only nature to become fully a man, fully God, and fully the Holy Spirit. To save us from our sins there needed to be a blood sacrifice of an innocent being. Jesus Bar Joseph of Nazareth was this sacrifice.

He knows what it is like to live a human life in all it’s triumphs, and it’s miseries. He asked his Father to take away his plight hours before he was arrested. Jesus enjoyed being a human, living a sinless life, but he knew he was to take on others’ sins and take the punishment that all of us deserve for living a sinful life. That punishment is death. No sin is too small to deserve this punishment. When one violates one commandment no matter how small or intentional in thought or deed you are condemned of them all. This is why we sinners need a savior to give us a new life.

God made it easy for us to do this. He sent his only Son to live and die for us, and resurrect from the dead for us, so that we can be redeemed of all the things we have ever did, or will do (you will sin again, but because you believe in Jesus, all God sees is the finished work of Jesus’ sacrifice, and God will forget your sin).

Jesus was born of a virgin and the Holy Spirit. It was necessary that he would not have a man of Adam’s disease of spiritual sin to be his father. Mary was from the lineage of King David.  This was so Jesus could live a sinless unblemished life. He was Mary’s first son which gives him the characteristics of a sacrificial lamb that was used to atone for ones sins. In the Temple of God these lambs would be risen up for all to see after their execution on Passover.

Jesus didn’t come to set up a church that only perfect people can belong to.  He didn’t come here to set up a holiday season that demands more and more of our money to celebrate traditions that usually get in the way of what God planned for us.

Jesus came to have a personal relationship with you.  Ask yourself if you can have a fulfilling loving relationship with someone who regiments the time you spend with them with rites, brow-beating, demands that you wear special clothes, eat special foods, for only 1-2 hours (or < 1 hour during the NFL season) out of the 168 hours in a week.  Do you think that relationship could last?

Jesus wants you.  He doesn’t want to wait until you go through all the other things on your agenda.  He wants to be first in your life and the other things a far distant second.  He paid the ultimate price for you and he can wait until you come around to him…don’t wait too long, once you die you can’t change your mind.  Only God knows when you will lose this life, you need to take the first step toward Jesus.

Here is the Sinner’s Prayer from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website:

Dear God, I’m a sinner. I’m sorry for my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I believe Jesus Christ is your Son. I believe He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Jesus, I put my trust in You and I surrender my life to You. Please come into my life and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

That’s what Christmas is all about, the start of a new life in Christ.

Merry Christmas.

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Mel Bond Signs & Wonders Miracle Healer–Updated 2018 Schedule

Our God is a worker of small and great miracles.

Mel Bond is the real deal.  Miracles do happen everyday.

Our Christian Faith is not a dead faith from 2000 years ago.

Who is Mel Bond?

According to his bio on bond.tel Mel Bond was born on 11/6/50 and born again and filled with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues in June 1957. Mel desires to touch the world with God’s Unconditional Love.

Watch Mel Bond’s “Last Days Signs And Wonders” TV Show featured on the Healing Miracles With Mel Bond Channel on ROKU and Apple TV, and on Christian TV stations worldwide.

His Vimeo site adds more information:

Mel Bond has been pastoring and evangelizing with his wife Donna, since 1972.

Mel is part American Indian (Cherokee/Lakota), and his name, Oyate Obmani, means “He walks with people.”  Mel is truly a lover of all people, and has never met a stranger.

Mel has traveled to over 30 countries conducting miracle crusades and teaching others to release God’s anointing for instant manifestations of miracles. In doing so he has seen countless miracles and witnessed over 900,000 people accept Jesus Christ as Lord.

Mel is a published author, anointed Pastor and leader. He and his wife Donna are Pastors at Agape Church in Wentzville, MO.

Mel Bond’s interview on Sid Roth’s show It’s Supernatural.


…All things that are possible for the one that believes. –Mark 9:23


Healing Services at the Agape Church in Wentzville, MO

Healing, Miracles, Signs & Wonders Meetings Conducted by Pastor Mel Bond
Bring the blind, deaf, crippled, maimed, incurable & dead corpse. Miracles will happen, people will be blessed, and God will be greatly glorified (John 14:12-14 & Hebrews 13:8).

 



 





 


If you would like more information contact Mel Bond or call (636) 327-5632.

Mel Bond personally prays for all prayer requests that you submit.

 


 

    We would like to bring Pastor Mel Bond to the St Paul area to show us that Miracles do happen.

 

 

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Celebrate Christian History in America Month–December 2017

There are several months out of a calendar year that are devoted to various groups.  It is right to stop and recall the history of those groups and the contributions that those groups have made toward this great nation. One group that founded this nation has often in recent years been held back from participating in the public square: the Christians.

Since 2013 we have celebrated the rich Christian History in America in December. It gives us the reason to mention Jesus Christ in public during the Christmas season.  Odd that we can’t say the name of the person that the season revolves around.  Well, join us in talking about Jesus in this month and the other months.

If you really want to tick off Democrats and Progressives speak the Truth of Jesus Christ to them.

Merry Christmas.

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Bob Barker: Master of Ceremonies

Master of Ceremonies Bob Barker

 

In honor of the 2017 American Indian Heritage Month we are honoring Bob Barker.

One of the most successful American Indians is Bob Barker. He has been the Master of Ceremonies of a variety of contests from game shows to beauty pageants. He also played a fictional version of himself in a cameo appearance in the movie by Adam Sandler called
“Happy Gilmore,” (fictional as in Mr Barker wouldn’t get in a fight on a golf course in real life).

Many people of Generation X grew up with Bob Barker on the game show The Price is Right. I, Publius Jr, would get mad from my high chair when I was a kid when national tv news would break into the Price is Right to talk about Watergate hearings.  Bob was a part of the two generations before as a radio broadcaster and the host of Truth or Consequences.

Bob taught us how to be a discerning smart shopper, comparing prices of similar items. He also taught us how to control the Pet Population by having “your pet spayed or neutered.”

Bob hosted the Miss USA & Miss Universe Pageants from 1967 to 1987.  In 1988 he requested the pageant officials to stop awarding the winners with fur items, being he was an animal rights activist and he was against the fur apparel industry for alleged cruelty to the animals.

Bob Barker’s Early Years

Robert William Barker was born on December 12, 1923 in Darrington, Washington to Byron John Barker and Matilda “Tillie” (Nee Matilda Kent Tarleton).  His father was a foreman on the electrical high line.  His father fell from a tower and died as the result of his injury in the fall in 1929.  His mother remarried and became Matilda Valandra and had a son, Kent Valandra, a half-brother to Bob.

In 1931 the family moved to the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  It is located in the south central part of the state just east of the Pine Ridge Reservation.  Bob is listed in the US Indian Census 1885-1940 as an official member of the Sioux Tribe (he is 1/8 Sioux).  His mother Tillie was a school teacher on the reservation.

Eventually his family moved to Springfield, Missouri where he graduated from Central High School in 1941.  He went to college in Springfield at Drury University on a basketball scholarship.  He was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity.  Their fraternity stresses ethical leadership development.  Bob had to suspend his studies when the United States entered into World War II in late 1941.

Bob Barker US Naval Aviator

He trained to be a US Navy Aviator (pilots in the Navy steer ships, the Navy calls their fighter pilots aviators), but before he was assigned to a sea going squadron WW2 came to an end.  To see more about his training to be a Naval Aviator go to navy.togetherweserved.com


 

LTJG Robert Barker played Basketball while he trained to be a fighter pilot (aviator) in the US Navy


Bob Barker got married to his High School sweetheart Dorothy Jo Gideon on January 12, 1945 while he was still training to be a Naval Aviator.

 

Bob & Dorothy Barker


After the War, Bob returned to Drury University and earned his degree in Economics, graduating summa cum laude.

Radio Broadcasting

While Bob was still in college at Drury he had his first job in broadcasting at KTTS-FM in Springfield, Missouri.  After he graduated from college he and his wife moved to Lake Worth Florida where he was a news editor and announcer at WWPG 1340 AM (now WPBR) in Palm Beach.

In 1950 Bob decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue his career in Broadcasting.  He was given his own show on KNX 1070 AM in Burbank called,  “The Bob Barker Show.” His show ran for 6 years.  He would often have audience participation as part of his show.  In 1956 Ralph Edwards happened to be listening when he liked Bob’s voice.  Edwards tapped Bob to be the new master of ceremonies or emcee on The New Truth or Consequences show.

Truth or Consequences 1956-1975

Bob Barker was the host of Truth or Consequences until 1975.  One of these days Buzzr will have it on again.  It was a long running show that was part quiz show and part zany stunts.  If one couldn’t participate in the Truth of the gameplay there would be Consequences.


The Price is Right 1972-2007

On September 4, 1972 Bob began hosting The Price is Right and was the emcee of the longest running most successful game show.  This is largely due to Bob Barker as the host.  The show was not brand new it had run from 1956 to 1965 with another game show legend Bill Cullen.  Mark Goodson & Bill Todman were shopping around a modern revival of the show.  CBS went with it as long as Bob Barker was the host.

 

Bob Barker with two contestants about to view the first showcase near the end of a show.

The Price is Right was the first game show to transition from 30 minutes to an hour successfully in 1975.

On October 15, 1987 Bob stopped putting dye in his hair and went gray (looks more white).

I have to say Bob entertained me when I was at home sick from school, and later was someone to watch when I got my work done early at the motor pool when I was in the US Army.

On June 15, 2007 was Bob’s last day on the Price is Right.

If you would like to know more about Bob Barker’s career in broadcasting and television and movies go to Internet Movie Database’s Biography on Bob and learn more about this great American Indian.

Animal Rights Activist

Bob Barker became a vegetarian in 1979 and also began to promote animal rights in the public eye, and also on the Price is Right.  He would remind viewers to help control the pet population by having your pet spayed or neutered.  He really points to his late wife Dorothy Jo for encouraging him to become a vegetarian and to promote animal rights.

He encouraged other game show hosts like the late Bert Convy and Jack Barry to make notes to viewers about animal rights.

Bob has devoted his retirement more to this cause especially since his wife Dorothy Jo passed away from Lung Cancer in October 1981.

Awards & Honors

It would not be right without mentioning all the awards and honors Bob earned over the years.

  • 19 Emmy Awards
  • 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award for Daytime TV
  • Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Hall of Famous Missourians (class of 2007)
  • Part of Bower St in Springfield, Missouri renamed “Bob Barker Way”
  • Time Magazine’s Greatest Game Show Host of All Time
  • NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame (class of 2008)
  • Game Show Network (GSN) Lifetime Achievement Award

 

(SPOILER) Oh and Bob knocked out Happy Gilmore –1996 movie

Bob Barker playing himself in the movie Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler) at a Pro-Am golf tournament. (from navy.togetherweserved.com)


I, Publius Jr would just like to thank Bob Barker for helping me to learn how to comparison shop, and learn how to be a better person.  Thanks Bob.

Help Control the Pet Population and have your Pet Spayed or Neutered.

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Cpl Mitchell Red Cloud Jr’s Congressional Medal of Honor

Corporal Mitchell Red Cloud Jr, was awarded a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor for his valor with the U.S. Army’s 24th Infantry Division during the Korean War.  Cpl Red Cloud also saw combat during World War II as a U.S. Marine, seeing action on Guadalcanal and Okinawa. Above photo shows Sgt. Mitchell Red Cloud Jr. during his Marine Corps service. He enlisted in the US Army in 1948 (Photo Credit: U.S. Army).

 

Dauntless Courage and Gallant Self-Sacrifice…

Position of the 2-19 Infantry Regiment north of the Chongchon River where Corporal Mitchell Red Cloud Jr. was killed in action (North Korea). map from the website www.rokdrop.net

These are words in the Citation from President Harry S Truman when he awarded Corporal Mitchell Red Cloud Jr for the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for his acts of valor on the night of November 5, 1950, on Hill 123 near Chongchon, North Korea (See Map).

From the account from www.army.mil website:

“It was in the dark of night on November 5, 1950, that Red Cloud’s unit, Company E, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, was positioned on the ridge of Hill 123 near Chonghyon, North Korea. Red Cloud was manning a listening post on the point of the ridge, out ahead of his company’s main positions. He was armed with a Browning Automatic Rifle [B.A.R.].

A Chinese assault force made a coordinated attack on Hill 123 [2/19 position from above map] and vicinity, and at least part of that force slipped up on Company E’s position from the rear, caught many asleep, and killed them on the spot. Others they shot in the head.

Red Cloud gave Company E its first alarm from his position on the ridge and a group of Chinese burst suddenly from brush about 100 feet away and rushed him.

Red Cloud sprang up and with his rifle poured intense and accurate fire into the onrushing enemy.”

 

Cpl Red Cloud had been hit several times and he refused to be removed from his position despite being treated by a medic.  He had been hit in the chest twice and while he could not stand up because of his wounds he ordered a soldier nearby to tie him to a nearby tree with a webbed belt in order to continue to fire at the Red Chinese who were rushing his position.  He laid down covering fire after he ordered his men to retreat from the position.

Eventually he was killed and the position was overrun by the Red Chinese.  The next morning when his unit returned to the position after a counter attack there were about 30 Chinese soldiers dead near Red Cloud’s body.  He had been shot a total of 8 times.

His action had warned his company of a surprise attack, and allowed the wounded to be evacuated from the position and allowed the 2nd Battalion to mount a counterattack repelling the Red Chinese.

The Chongchon River can be seen at the very bottom of the map which is located just north of the North Korean capitol city of Pyongyang. To the northwest of the river the positions of the 19th Infantry Regiment on November 1, 1950 can be seen. Map via Wikipedia (from www.rokdrop.net website)

For a more in-depth details about Corporal Red Cloud Jr’s Medal of Honor action go to the following website http://www.rokdrop.net/2012/11/heroes-of-the-korean-war-corporal-mitchell-red-cloud-jr/


Previous Service in World War II, 1941-45

Mitchell dropped out of school to enlist in the Marine Corps at just 17 years old.  He needed his dad’s permission in order enlist.  He went to boot camp on August 11, 1941.  His first assignment was at Camp Elliot near San Diego, California.  When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, then Private First Class Red Cloud was assigned to the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion and was deployed to the Pacific Theater of Operations.

Guadalcanal

He landed with “Carlson’s Raiders” on Guadalcanal on November 4, 1942.  Their mission was to silence the Japanese artillery firing onto Henderson Field.  It was called the “Long March,” as it went for 28 days.  Red Cloud suffered from malaria and jaundice throughout much of the month and had to be evacuated on December 4th, he had lost 75 pounds.  There were ferocious battles during the month.

In January 1943 it was recommended that Red Cloud be medically discharged due to his physical condition, and he refused.  So he was redeployed for the next big battle: Okinawa.

Okinawa

On May 17, 1945 Private First Class Red Cloud Jr was a radio operator in combat he was hit in the shoulder and had to be medically evacuated to Guam for eventual shipment back to the States, earning a Purple Heart.

Discharge from the Marines

On November 9, 1945 he was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps at the rank of Sergeant.

Post war there was a short period of unemployment being there were so many returning US Servicemen.  Mitchell returned to the Ho-Chunk Reservation in Hatfield Wisconsin, about 11 miles NE of Black River Falls, Wisconsin.  According to Historynet.com he roamed the state of Wisconsin over 2 years visiting relatives, and publishing an article in the Wisconsin archeologist about his tribe’s stories in December 1945.  He got married and had a daughter Annita.

In 1948 Mitchell Red Cloud Jr enlisted in the US Army and was assigned to E Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment of the 24th Infantry Division.  He served in an occupation force in Japan until the Korean War broke on June 25, 1950.

He returned to combat serving the 2/19th in several battles until his Medal of Honor action.

Early Life

Mitchell Jr was the eldest of 3 children born to Mitchell Red Cloud & Nellie (nee Winneshiek).  He was born on July 2, 1924 in Hatfield Wisconsin on the Ho-Chunk Nation(Winnebago) Reservation.  Some accounts list him as being born in 1925, but that would put his entry into WW2 at 16 not 17 as the latter was allowed by consent of a parent.

Mitchell was easy going, never to show anger.  He excelled in sports, swimming, and hunting.  He attended Nellsville High School in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, until he dropped out to join the Army.  At the time the United States was still neutral.


Posthumous Honors

Corporal Red Cloud Jr was buried in a UN cemetery in Korea in 1950.  In 1955 his remains were exhumed and transferred for burial at the Decorah Cemetery at Winnebago Mission, Wisconsin in the customs of the Ho-Chunk Nation.

In April 1951, his mother was present when Mitchell Red Cloud Jr was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by General Omar Bradley at a ceremony at the Pentagon.

On Armed Forces Day in 1957, a military installation in South Korea was named after him, Camp Red Cloud.

A park in Lacrosse Wisconsin was named after Mitchell Red Cloud Jr., and a portion of Highway 54 in Wisconsin was named after him.

The American Legion Post in Adams Wisconsin was renamed in his honor.  The Ho-Chunk Nation observe every July 4th as Corporal Mitchell Red Cloud Jr Day.

A Watson Class USN Roll on Roll off ship was named in his honor.  His daughter Annita christened the ship on August 7, 1999.


The USS Red Cloud (T-AKR 313) is a RORO or Roll On Roll Off ship that transports War Material and Combat Ready Vehicles. Commissioned on August 7, 1999.



We used Wikipedia, http://www.rokdrop.net/2012/11/heroes-of-the-korean-war-corporal-mitchell-red-cloud-jr/, and the army website mention above, as references.

 

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Can President Trump Save Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving was a harvest celebration a week long. The Puritans thanked God and their neighbors the nearby American Indians especially Squanto.

 

It gets earlier and earlier every year the first mention of Christmas Shopping. This year there were Christmas colors popping up in stores as soon as Halloween was over. Christmas music was in stores before Election Day.

As much as I, Publius Jr, love Christmas and the real meaning of the season, I like Christmas to observe it’s calendar boundaries. When Advent starts is a good time to start “Decking the halls…” I don’t go out shopping on “In the Black Friday” (I still think there’s some places on the globe that refer to Good Friday as Black Friday).

One very pleasant aspect of Donald Trump’s Presidency which FNNs (Fake News Networks) have downplayed is his new found Faith in Jesus Christ. The last President O-what’s-his-name spoke like a Black Preacher but was the biggest commie/ muslim in regards to Thanksgiving, Christmas, Resurrection Day (Easter) and all other Christian inspired holidays (he made sure Christian symbols were covered up from view).

One wonders if in the process of making the the USA great again President Trump can put the God back into Thanksgiving. O-Whats-his-name and other socialists-communists in this country successfully made Thanksgiving into a food holiday which is a springboard into godless Winter Solstice Holiday season with Winter Holiday trees and making St Nicholas into Father O-what’s-his-name giving treasury gifts to all illegal aliens especially DACA kids.

Ignoring Thanksgiving as what it is, ignores what this country was conceived in–faith.

There has been two Americas from the forging of this nation. One America was all about making money in Jamestown. The other America was in Plymouth Rock and it was all about worshipping the Holy Trinity without Government interference. One might say the pursuit of material wealth is more important than worshipping in ones faith. The evidence of how blessed each settlement was can be shown by the financial output of each area and the developed lands.

Jamestown the settlement which was financial gain first is a ghost town. There is a replica settlement for tourists but there is no developed land and hasn’t been in hundreds of years.

Jamestown VA became abandoned after the capitol of the colony moved to Williamsburg.

Plymouth Rock or Plantation is teeming with financial gain, the Separtists founded Boston in 1640, 20 years after they established their settlement in Plymouth. Financially the “Pilgrims” were blessed because they were Christian First. They had God’s providence of being taught how to live in the Plymouth Rock area by an American Indian, Squanto, who could speak English!  The Pilgrims had a lasting peace with the local tribes for a couple of generations. The Puritans’ America is a glaring example that God wants his people to florish not to live like paupers as some people have been led to believe.

Plymouth, Massachusetts Landsat photo.

Plymouth, Massachusetts’ population according to the last census in 2010 is about 56,000 people. See the Map.

Our United States were founded upon the Puritans’ America. While the Jamestown America has went where the getting is good it usually fails where ever it is left on it’s own. Mining Towns in the Western United States are great examples. When the lode/ore disappeared or was depleted the town dried up.

Making America all about financial gain is usually a recipe for disaster. The Republican Party was not founded upon financial gain but upon Christian values by Christians. They were about civil rights, owning property, self defense, and ending slavery. They wanted to correct what was originally flawed in the Constitution. Sure there were people who were Material Wealth First in the movement but they were quite small in comparison.

Socialism is more popular in areas where there are more spiritually poor people than not.  These people will point at the capitalist system and point out there were no safeguards to the welfare or financial health of those less fortunate.  Look at how prosperous North Korea is.  A Capitalist system with spiritually poor people will exploit people with less means. How was the west won? Through spiritually wealthy people who refrained from exploiting others for personal gain.

North Korea is a socialist-communist dictatorship. At night it looks like this.

Businessman Donald Trump could tell you that material wealth and financial gain does not make one happy. It is usually an empty hollow existence. Trump’s 3 wives, girlfriends and children can attest to how wealth doesn’t buy happiness.

President Trump initially spent some time with a big voting block that helped him Beat Hillary–Christian or Evangelical Voters. Their message seems to continue to transform Trump daily into more of a Christian First kind of leader.  Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington were Christian First leaders.

If President Trump embraces the Christian Faith more than he has, he will become a great President like other Christian First Presidents.

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2017 Veterans Day: VA Ordeal, Bureaucratic Labyrinth, and Denial of Ambulance Payment

The Ordeal

Just past midnight on March 6, 2017, I, Publius Jr, had risen from my plastic green patio chair to close the vertical blinds of my studio apartment. The floor where I stood had my Toastmaster Breadmachine, paper shredder and a box with multiple plastic bags of assorted skeins of yarn (I’m a knitter). The chained loop to louver the blinds closed were just slightly out of my reach so I leaned my 6 foot 3 inch frame to catch the bottom of it. I pulled the blinds shut. I turned to return to go to my plastic green patio chair when I slightly twisted my torso. Something was not quite right. I had felt my muscles of my lower left back pop, er rather that’s not the right word, but I knew instantly something was wrong in the lower left of my back. I have had this same unpleasant feeling around the first of the year, also one other time on the right side of my back in late November 2013–back then I went into shock and I fainted at a housechurch in Lindstrom.

This time I thought I’d sleep it off on a hard surface like the floor with a few cushions here or there and an icepack. It was hard to sleep without sending pain shooting through my back. I couldn’t sleep on my side which is my normal sleeping position and I lay awake for the next several hours.

I catnapped off and on, waking suddenly with a reflex reaction of clenching my back/stomach upon waking up and a wave of pain rolling through me. Six to Seven hours of not being able to sleep properly switched over to my waking morning routine at about 7:30 am.

I tried to get up and my body had no strength. Instead it took me a 2-5 minutes to turn over onto my stomach then I rose up to all fours, turned my body around (my makeshift bed pointed away from the center of the room) and ambled on all fours to the bathroom.  I stood to urinate but it was so painful to be upright I knew the rest of my day would not be anywhere close to standing. I grabbed some ibuprofen–the bottle was almost empty.

On all fours I made it to my fridge to get something to eat. I could only eat what I could reach. So my meals consisted of baby carrots, Dannon Light & Fit regular yogurt, and water.

I went back to lay down hoping for decent sleep. At about 9 am I knew I wasn’t going anywhere that day so I called Keith Hardy and another member of Wordsmiths Toastmasters and left messages that I would not be attending the meeting that night. They’d have to find a replacement for the speaking role I was to do. I usually go to Wordsmiths every Monday, which is why I pass on political meetings scheduled on Mondays (it is an oasis from political posturing & chaos).

An hour later I called the VA Nurse line. It is a medical advice line that also helps to schedule appointments. I told the VA Nurse the situation and where the pain was at. She asked me a bunch of questions to include if it had happened before and I said it had in severity in late November 2013. She suggested to ice down the area, take Tylenol or another pain reliever and try to rest, and if it didn’t get better in 2-3 days go to an Emergency Room.

The VA Hospital in Minneapolis has an Emergency Room except I’ve never seen ambulances stopping there to drop off patients. It’s like what most ERs have become an Outpatient-no-appointment-necessary-intake wing of the hospital. I don’t think the VA Emergency Wing knows what the term “Emergency” means, I’ve been there before and they make you wait despite a lack patients.

I would have to wait through two to three days of misery? I couldn’t wait that long.  I had trouble standing to urinate. That problem was resolved by the empty plastic Powerade bottles I had. Using them to “eliminate” liquid waste. I couldn’t sit so “eliminating” solid waste was not possible.

To get around my apartment otherwise crawling on all fours was less painful than standing but still painful so I had to do the low crawl where my stomach was on the floor and I propelled myself  by pushing forward with only my right leg. Drill Sgts Ricky Mobley and Donnie Thornhill my Drill Sgts would applaud my form I thought.

So I made up my mind to get to the ER at Regions Hospital which is the closest hospital to my studio apartment.

I called a friend, Greg Copeland, to discuss it. I asked him if he thought the VA would pick up the cost of the ambulance. He said that since I have no other way to pay it they would have to. I’ve used the VA Hospital/Clinic System as my healthcare provider since I do not have health insurance even when I had a seasonal job to grade state standardized essay tests.

“I asked him if he thought the VA would pick up the cost of the ambulance.  He said that since I have no other way to pay it they would have to.”

I told Greg my Veterans ID Card (VIC) and another VA card said non-VA medical could be paid by the VA. So it was decided I was going to call 911 to get some relief at Regions ER.  Luckily my phone is on the floor.  I called at around 5 or 6 pm.

I didn’t want the EMTs to see my cluttered studio apartment so I put some clothes on and a sweater, wallet, iPod Touch & Charger, and waited upright next to my door in the hallway of my apartment waiting to lock it when they came. I was in terrible pain waiting for them.

The EMTs started to question me right away what my pain was. I said I threw my back out and the VA told me to go if it hadn’t gotten better. One of them put an arm under my arm to aid me out of the building. My body felt heavier for some reason. They got me into the ambulance through the side door. They took my blood pressure and they wanted to strap me onto the side on the bench seat. I pleaded with them to let me lie down on the gurney. So they let me lie down and the pain was less.

When we arrived they got me into Regions ER and transferred me to an upright chair with wheels. It didn’t look like a typical wheel chair. The EMTs disappeared and I checked in with the nurse’s station.  I was trying to be in good spirits throughout my stay.

Staying in good spirits in the waiting room of the ER is tough to do. In the 5 hours I waited a variety of different patients and their families complained about their illness the wait time and the weather. The outside air temperature was unseasonably warm in the upper 40s to mid 50s or so. I hadn’t dressed for later when I wished the sweatshirt I had on was a little thicker.

At around 11 pm I finally saw the doctor after a nurse took my vitals and asked a few questions. The lady doctor asked me the extent of the pain and where it was located. She touched areas on the lower back asked if it hurt. There were no x-rays taken. She said it wasn’t sciatica nor a spinal injury. She prescribed Aleve and some Valium and a shot of Tramadol and referred me to Physicians Neck & Back in Roseville MN for Physical Therapy.  I got the shot and paid for my prescription.  I called Greg and left a message to pick me up.  I called another friend but there was no answer. So I called a Taxi. I waited 45 minutes and no taxi. I called them again and they said it would be a 30 minute wait. No wonder why people like Uber or Lyft.

The police officer in the lobby alerted me when the taxi arrived. It was chilly out. The cabby had to smoke so he kept the window open the entire ride back. I paid him and went into my apartment. I fixed my “bed” area on the floor and took the Valium, Aleve, an ice pack and fully slept for the first time in a 24 hours.

March 7, 2017

When I woke I took my meds, the Valium seemed to make everything go in slow motion. Then I ate a real breakfast and took a needed shower and called up Greg and told him about it.

I called the VA Nurse line to tell them what happened the previous day. A different nurse asked me if I had numbness in my left leg. I said from below the left hip area around it was numb up to my upper part of the leg. The area occasionally “itched” inside the upper part of the leg.

The Nurse told me to go back to the ER. I said I was on Valium and I couldn’t drive there. She said to call 911 to get there. So like a good soldier I followed orders. I called 911.

This time the EMTs were reluctant to take me and treated me less than friendly like the day before. They strapped me to the side. My back still hurt but I was kind of fuzzy on the Valium.

When I arrived at Regions ER the same check-in nurse was still on duty from the day before.  She was surprised to see me but I told her the reason and that there was numbness in the area of my upper left leg.  I suspected that I would be waiting forever like the night before so I told her I was going to the cafeteria to get lunch.

Upon my return from the cafeteria, I asked a male nurse at the desk if they had called my name and they had but I wasn’t there.  So he told me to wait.  A half hour later I was ushered back into the exam room.  A Physician’s Assistant did the same sort of exam as the Woman Doctor the night before but her diagnosis was different–Sciatica.  Who to believe? I believe the Doctor over the PA.  She recommended the same course of action as the doctor did the previous night and told me to get plenty of rest and ice down the area.  If the numbness travelled below my knee then I should come back in.

I called up a friend, Bob Murray and he came to pick me up.  He took me to Burger King on Rice & Larpenteur to get a bite to eat while I told him the story.

Bureaucratic Labyrinth

A few days after I returned from the second ER visit I got a call from HealthPartners call center in Sartell MN.  The person on the line, “Betty” called to schedule my appointment for physical therapy at one of their Physicians Neck & Back (PNB) locations.  I indicated the Roseville location off of Center Pointe Drive would be the best one.  So I scheduled a March 22nd visit, figuring the VA bureaucrats would clear up the way for me to pay it through the VA by then.

I went online I found where it was and I planned how to get there.  I was all set to go except I had to work it out with the VA.

When I called up the VA line (there are no direct lines to doctors you have to go through phone buttons to get another list of buttons to select) to talk to my GP Doctor Gloria (leaving out her last name because she is a good doctor).  I wanted to tell her what had happened.  I talked to her then to a nurse at the VA Clinic in Maplewood who asked me to get x-rays and the other paperwork from Regions Hospital, in order to authorize physical therapy, I also needed to come in for a brief check up on my back.

By the following Friday, March 17th I was off the Valium and so I could drive to Regions to run down the paperwork.  The day before I had called the Records Department of Regions to see if I could have them transfer the information directly to the VA Maplewood & Dr Gloria.  They said it would cost a certain amount of money so I thought it would be cheaper to arrive in person and hand walk them to the VA Clinic–oddly I learned this is the most secure form of transmitting data, to hand walk it from A to B.

At Regions after I parked I got in the elevator off the parking ramp and proceeded to get lost.  With no outside windows it was hard to figure out where I was so I asked a volunteer outside their gift shop.  The “Sainted” volunteer guided me through the hallways and 3 floors on the elevator before she left me outside the Records Department.  I talked with the woman who had talked with me on the phone, her voice was familiar.  She had me fill out some paperwork and what records to send to the VA Clinic.  If it went regular mail there was no cost.  I got back to my car after remembering the route I took to get there.

I called the VA Clinic and told a PA, “Sharon,” the news the files were on their way to them but there were no x-rays or other scans because they didn’t perform them.  The PA told me to come in the following Monday, March 20.  On March 20th I talked to “Sharon,” who I had talked to the previous Friday.  She said that I wouldn’t be able to go outside the VA to get treatment but there was a program that might allow me to (kind of confusing, I know).

The VA Hospital system used to just drug up people who had back problems and they were finding this treatment not working in the long run so they decided to do physical therapy in-house at the Hospital.  Fortunately for me to catch up on their backlog of patients needing therapy I could go outside the system to get treatment under the Veteran’s Choice Program.  She provided a number to call.

Before I called the Veteran’s Choice Program number it was looking like the Physicians Neck & Back appointment for March 22nd was not going to happen being I didn’t have normal insurance but I had the VA footing the bill for my treatment.  So I called the HealthPartners Sartell MN Call Center to talk to “Betty.”  I told her the appointment I had made almost 2 weeks before I would have to cancel.  She commiserated with me about all the VA snafus she has had to deal with.  She thanked me for canceling because often on hold with people at the VA she never gets straight forward information from anyone there.

According to one of my notes I called the Veterans Choice Program on March 29th.  I had been told by the VA Clinic PA “Sharon” when I had visited her in lieu of seeing Dr Gloria who could not see me til after she returned from a vacation in April.  “Sharon,” had explained many things about the treatment.  She said when I talk to the Veteran’s Choice Program person they’ll issue a card that I’ll get before I go to my first physical therapy session.  I’ll be able to as the program is called to decide which physical therapy place I could go.  I thanked “Sharon.”

On the March 29th I got a call from “Susan,” of the Veteran’s Choice Program (VCP).  She said she was calling from South Carolina where the VCP is located.  She helped me schedule a physical therapy schedule.  Susan said that I could go anywhere, being I don’t know much about physical therapy companies I decided to go with the original referral of Physicians Neck & Back in Roseville MN.  Susan said 36 therapy sessions were authorized by VCP, if more were needed I would have to be seen by my GP Dr Gloria.  My first therapy session was scheduled for April 6, 2017.  A full month after I had thrown out my back and 2 weeks after my first cancelled appointment on March 22.

Physicians Neck & Back

My first visit was with Dr Gloria Peterson.  I told her my GP at the VA Clinic had the same first name.  She examined my back then talked with me.  I told her that I couldn’t sit for very long on a chair without having issues with my back–pain and discomfort.  This was a problem as I admin this site and do articles for it.  Also it was a problem when I got out of my car.

When I first started I was put on a sensor-rigged back press Nautilus machine.  They could measure the weight I could push and the angle I could do it at.  I weighed then about 240 and I could barely push 100 lbs on the machine.  The goal was 180 lbs through a variety of back angles.

It was tough, but the physical therapists I was assigned were fun, informative about what was going on and they really encouraged me when it got tough.  They also showed the proper way of lifting things, how to sit on a chair properly (if your knees are above your waist you’ll slouch).  When I finished in August 2017 I was sad to go.

They have a room to maintain and strengthen ones back, stomach, and neck muscles called Core, it is the same as I did with the therapists except without them.  I wanted to continue but I don’t have the money to.  The VA didn’t authorize it.  So at a future time if I don’t keep my back & stomach muscles strong I might have another back injury.

Denial of Ambulance Payment

The first sign that something was not right was on July 27, 2017.  I got a bill from the St Paul Fire Department (SPFD).  I called up the VA and after some time I got the non-VA medical billing office.  I talked to Daniel (that’s his name I didn’t get a last name).  He said the SPFD had not submitted a bill to the VA inside of 90 days.  They would have to submit some paper work to explain why they had not submitted a bill for the 2 days I had used a SPFD Ambulance.  I asked him for his number and I said I would let SPFD Billing know how to contact him.

So I called up SPFD minutes after I had talked to Daniel.  The Billing Clerk took down the information that Daniel had provided.  I asked if Daniel was correct when he said they hadn’t submitted a bill to the VA.  The clerk said they had submitted both bills on March 14th and a second time as well on July 18, 2017.  He said this happens all the time with the Veterans Administration (VA).  He said they would figure it out and I should worry about paying for the bill.

I got another bill from SPFD in September and also in October.

On November 4, 2017, I received in the mail an official notice the VA would not pay for the Ambulance Bill from the St Paul Fire Department.

I scanned the two letters in the envelope, the recent bills from St Paul Fire Department (SPFD), and also the envelope in which the VA letters came in.  Then I called the SPFD on November 6, 2017.  I talked to Ines (pronounced eye-nez) of the Billing Department.  I told her about the Official Denial of Payment Letter from the VA.

Ines sets Daniel Straight

She looked up my Ambulance Charge date.  She asked me if I had called in late July 2017, I said I had called then.  Ines said she had called up Daniel at the VA the non-VA Billing Department.  She talked to him and told me the conversation went like the following.  Daniel had told her that he has to send requests for payment of bills to Denver, Colorado.  He claimed the patient (me) that I didn’t have a zip code and therefore they couldn’t determine how to pay the bill.  Ines stopped him and said that the VA Patient (me) had an address.  Daniel asked her to send him this information by mail so he could submit the information to Denver, Colorado.  He said he was sure the bill would be paid.

It wasn’t paid.  (This is why I’m writing this narrative).

I was curious so I asked Ines while she was still on the phone for documentation, she confirmed when the Ambulance dates were, when the bills were submitted, why it takes 6-8 days for the actual bills to be produced.  I asked her how often the non-payment of ambulance bills by the VA happens.  She said it happens all the time with VA Patients.  I asked if she could give me a figure on how often it happens.  She replied, “You mean for the whole year or just one week?”  I said just one week.  Ines replied that on average there are 10-15 VA Patients’ bills are denied payment by the VA non-VA Billing Department.  That’s about 520 to 780 per year if that is multiplied for 52 weeks.  This is St Paul alone.  Imagine what it must be like in a larger city.

on average there are 10-15 VA Patients’ bills are denied payment by the VA non-VA Billing Department. –Ines SPFD Billing Clerk

Call to Action

Today on Veterans Day 2017, it is my 28th anniversary of being honorably discharged from the US Army.  I served my country well, not during a shooting war, but the tail end of the Cold War with the Soviet Union.  I had a Secret Security Clearance for the job I did for two years starting on November 12, 1987, 30 years ago tomorrow.

If I had known the kind of treatment I might receive, the Mickey Mouse Labyrinth of bureaucracy I would wander around in to receive treatment through the Veterans Administration, I might have went to college directly.

I went into the all volunteer US Army.  I served under some great Officers and NCOs, and some not so great.  My Army Buddies are friends for life.  My Montgomery GI Bill paid for most of my college expenses and I graduated with no student loans to pay off.

I see flag wavers out there now who have never served, nor can they relate to what it is like to serve in the military.  They go to their Veterans Day sales, and think it is just another holiday, it isn’t.  They think wearing Red, White, and Blue makes you a patriot, it doesn’t.  Civilians in my opinion waste their Liberties and Freedoms. The Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, National Guardsmen, and Coastguardsmen which most Americans praise on days like today; they do not know our military personnel do not have the same liberties and freedoms as civilians do day in and day out.

I think I would enjoy Veterans Day more if Veterans were treated properly at VA Hospitals, to have their ambulance bills paid on time.  There is no excuse for some of the institutional neglect many Vets run into at the VA.

We Vets don’t complain too loud.  I think I know why. I was outside an appointment gathering my things and thinking about the appointment I just had.  I felt worse than when I went in.  I got to talking with an older woman named Judith.  She was waiting for her husband Jim, who was in with the doctor, Jim was showing early signs of dementia and possibly Alzheimer’s.  I said to her the reason why many old Vets and returning Vets have problems in civilian life is because in Basic Training we are stripped of our individuality and replaced with a concern for the team or buddies.  When there is an obstacle to overcome we do it together.  When we get out of the military and an obstacle is encountered there is no team to deal with it so We Vets tend to internalize it and downplay it.

I’m asking you, the reader, to join with me to make sure Vets across this country currently serving or served decades ago to not be alone and demand better treatment by the Veterans Administration to get Ambulance Bills paid.  Call up your Representatives and Senators in Congress and demand better Treatment for our Vets.

Together We Can Overcome Obstacles Together

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St Paul Public Schools Board Candidate Greg Copeland Endorses Pat Harris for Mayor

A note to the reader:  Saintpaulrepublicans.us website endorsed Greg Copeland for St Paul Public Schools Board of Education.  He posted this article on his site yesterday evening.  Since we endorsed him we are posting it here as a courtesy.  It is not an endorsement of Pat Harris for Mayor from this site.  We will post articles about what I, Publius Jr, the admin of this site thinks about the St Paul Mayor Candidates.

Republican Voters of St Paul you are free to make up your mind when you vote today for Mayor.  We ask that you only vote for Greg Copeland and no other School Board Candidate as there are no other qualified candidates running, and only 1 Mayor Candidate to informally say no to Ranked Choice Voting, which we believe to be unconstitutional.  ~~ Publius Jr.


Fiscally Conservative Saint Paul Republicans, Independents and Democrats Need Pat Harris As Mayor

Dear Editor:
There is one candidate for Mayor of Saint Paul who is Opposed to Mayor Chris Coleman’s outrageous 23.9% City Property Tax Hike, and he has stated his Opposition on the public record without equivocation or qualification on his campaign website.

I voted for him to be our next Mayor on the first day of early voting, and I hope you too will you cast your vote for Pat Harris!  Pat Harris knows seniors, single workers starting out in life or young families with their first home,  and small business owners can’t afford the irresponsible $27.3 Million property tax hike the city council and Mayor Coleman have proposed.

The extreme Property Tax  Increases do not stop there. The Saint Paul Public Schools want $9.2 Million more in taxes from homeowners in 2018, than the $7 Million more it collected last year; this net  $2,177,729 Million increase is an unsustainable  23.6 %  increase over last year’s actual tax hike! Oh and by the way, despite asking for these higher taxes, the School Board voted to cut Direct School Allocations in the 2018 Education General Fund to only 47 cents on the dollar going directly to the classroom!

Ramsey County wants $12.7 Million in higher taxes for each of the next two years, and it’s Regional Rail Road Taxing Authority is seeking the legal maximum in new taxes for an increase of $1.3 Million to it’s $22.5 Million budget!

All told the City of Saint Paul, the School Board, Ramsey County and the Regional Rail Road are asking for $50,797,041 in Higher, NEW  PROPERTY TAXES!

Enough is Enough! Saint Paul Property Taxpayers need elected allies at City Hall, and that is why as a Republican, who is seeking election to the Saint Paul School Board, I am asking you to vote for Pat Harris for Mayor too!

GREG COPELAND
Candidate For Saint Paul School Board

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