Irony is a dish often served accidentally. Take the placement of two items on Thursday's opinon page in Willmar's West Central Tribune.
There's this letter to the editor from Becky West of New London, Who does Baker really represent?, which begins:
I was puzzled to read Rep. Dave Baker claim on his campaign website, "From the beginning, my goal was to fund our schools and see rural schools receive more equitable funding in comparison to metro schools."
Really? Baker had a funny way of showing it when he voted to send a targeted $500,000 to the ritzy metro Eden Prairie School District for "college readiness." He did this on May 22, 2016, when he voted "yes" for House File 2749. Doesn't Baker think that Kandiyohi County students also deserve some special preparation for college? Why didn't Baker advocate for kids in his own district over Eden Prairie kids, or at least equally? . . .
On the same page, there's commentary by Minnesota Chamber of Commerce President Doug Loon in Table is set for special session. Loon's wife, Jenifer, R-Eden Prairie, chairs the Minnesota House Education Finance committee.
In 2013, Carolyn Lange reported in the West Central Tribune article, Businessman Dave Baker steps up to leadership role with Minnesota Chamber of Commerce:
Dave Baker will use his 12 years of experience as a small business owner to be the voice of the state’s largest business advocacy organization when he takes over as chairman of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Board next year.
Baker, who owns and operates the Oaks at Eagle Creek, the Super 8 Motel in Willmar and Green Lake Cruises with his wife, Mary, was recently named the chairman-elect of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. He will assume the lead role in September.
“I feel so honored and humbled to lead the organization as a volunteer chair,” said Baker, who is beginning his second three-year term on the board of directors. . . .
Perhaps West's question can be answered by a small circle of friends.
Photo: Dave Baker.
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