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"Members of Congress need to start listening to the people..."

Ken Van Doren recently said, "Members of Congress need to start listening to the people..." People I chat with agree that there is too much corruption in Washington. This is because we keep electing the same people even after they stop listening to the people. Politicians all start off with good intentions and are quickly corrupted by Washington. Party bosses pressure them into voting for bad legislation in return for campaign fundraisers. K Street lobbyists bribe them into supporting amendments to legislation disguised to help people but only benefit a few. The list of corruption goes on and on.

Ten years ago I started to observe this from Ron Kind. It is disappointing to watch his moral decay as he votes against the will of the people including the Wall Street Bailouts and Obamacare. In return for betraying us he was provided with special access to fundraisers with Hollywood and Washington elites. Just look at his recent campaign funding reports.

La Crosse County For Goodness' Sake Project

PLEASE: Help or forward to someone who you know who can!

* Hunger Task Force Food Bank, 1240 Clinton St. La Crosse, (608) 793-1002, is in need of canned or boxed soups, peanut butter, jelly, breakfast cereals, canned fruit and pasta. Please drop off your donations 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon.- Fri. or by appointment.

* The Food Pantry in the La Crosse Salvation Army at 223 Eighth St. N.,(608)782-6126 is in extremely short supply of canned vegetables, boxed meals (H&T Helper / Rice-a-roni / Mac & Cheese), tuna, vegetable soups, pasta and sauces, and toilet tissue. Donation drop off is 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. A donation of any of these item will be appreciated!

* Onalaska Food Basket, (next to the Onalaska American Legion Club), 731 Sand Lake Road, (608) 783-7722 is in need of hamburger/tuna helper, stew, canned tomato products, peanut butter, cream soups, vegetable soups, tomato soups, beans and pasta. Thank you for your generosity.

Holding the line on property taxes

One of my top priorities is to lower the overall tax burden every year I am in office. Last month in the State of the State address, I proposed a Blueprint for Prosperity to put more than $800 million back in the hands of our state’s hardworking taxpayers. Our plan cuts income taxes by nearly $100 million, adjusts withholding for state income taxes by over $322 million, and cuts property taxes by more than $400 million. The typical homeowner will save over $100 on their next property tax bill, and property taxes in 2014 are projected to be lower than they were in 2010.

People all across the state don’t tell me that taxes are too low, or even that they are just right. Overwhelmingly, people tell me that reducing the tax burden is one of the best ways to fuel our economic recovery. And – I believe – it is your money, and you deserve to keep more of it.

La Crosse County For Goodness' Sake Project

PLEASE: Help or forward to someone who you know who can!

* The Food Pantry in the La Crosse Salvation Army at 223 Eighth St. N.,(608)782-6126 is in extremely short supply of canned vegetables, boxed meals (H&T Helper / Rice-a-roni / Mac & Cheese), tuna, vegetable soups, pasta and sauces, and toilet tissue. Donation drop off is 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. A donation of any of these item will be appreciated!

* Onalaska Food Basket, (next to the Onalaska American Legion Club), 731 Sand Lake Road, (608) 783-7722 is in need of hamburger/tuna helper, stew, canned tomato products, peanut butter, cream soups, vegetable soups, tomato soups, beans and pasta. Thank you for your generosity.

More 'Lamenting' but no Working from Ron Kind

Maybe if Ron Kind did more WORKING and less fundraising he might be able to get something accomplished for the farmers in our region. Ron Kind has a history of talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, with very, very little walking the walk.

I also find it astounding that he is still celebrating and defending Obamacare. I think his obsession with this Orwellian solution to medicine says something about what he sees his role is in Washington. I firmly believe, based on his voting record, that he is there to represent Washington and lobbyists. I do not believe he gives a single thought to any of us living in the real world and forced to pay taxes to a morbidly obese federal government.

Kind said the switch to crop insurance distorts the market and could cost more than the old system.

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Kind defended the Affordable Care Act. He said most of the “snafus” that clogged healthcare.gov have been cleaned up...