The Winona Daily News has endorsed in a range of races, from sheriff to senator. While the choices lean DFL, the paper does pick Republican House speaker Steve Sviggum and Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Peter Hutchinson, as well as Tim Walz.
The editorial board writes:
“And admit that the waters
Around you have grown”
— Bob Dylan “The Times They Are
Minnesota’s favorite son, Bob Dylan, talked a lot about change. And his song seems to have taken on new meaning lately.
Though it’s cliche, the one constant we’ve heard this election season is that it’s time for a change.
So many issues will face us in the next two years — health care, the war in Iraq, education, the economy, higher education, roads and bridges. All of them are getting talked about, and most of what we hear is that things are holding together, but just barely.
If there is a unifying theme in the Winona Daily News’ editorial board endorsements this year (and, there may not be one), it’s that we believe some change will do us good. We believe that without change health care may strangle businesses, individuals and government. The Iraq war desperately needs new approaches, and our schools and roads may both be falling apart due to neglectful funding.
As we considered all of the candidates at the local, state and federal level, we’re struck by the enormity of the issues facing them. In examining each candidate, the Daily News editorial board looked for who could serve the area the best, collaborate the most and looked for solutions more than spin.
U.S. Congress, Minnesota 1st District
If he can legislate like he can campaign, look out, Washington, D.C., and hold on Minnesota. No one gave Walz a chance a year ago, and Walz never let that stop him. We need that kind of representation in Washington.
In 1994, U.S. Rep. Gil Gutknecht signed a pledge, vowing not to run after six terms. Now, he’s seeking a seventh. If Gil can’t keep a promise, the voters have a chance to help him keep it.
The problem is that Gil has wanted to paint himself as an independent thinking and voting Republican. The truth is he’s voted 90 percent of the time with the White House. He recently blamed his dwindling poll numbers on things like the Mark Foley scandal, but the truth is, Gil’s not done a lot for the 1st District.
We believe that a veteran, a school teacher and a hard worker like Walz has all the right qualities we need in our next representative. He has a fresh approach to health care and to the war in Iraq. We also think that his tenacity in this race and the national attention it’s drawn will put him in very good standing when he arrives at the Capitol.
And that endorsement brings to mind more of Dylan's famous song:
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.
Please heed the call: volunteer to help Tim Walz in one of the great political ground battles in the nation this fall.