From "Twinned Cities Now Following Different Paths" by Monica Davey, New York Times, January 12, 2014:
- "But these days, when residents cross the bridge, they enter starkly
different political territories. Since Republicans in Wisconsin took
control of the State Legislature and governor’s office in 2011, and
since Democrats gained full dominance in Minnesota last year, people
here have watched essential elements of their daily lives — their
savings plans, job expectations, personal relationships and health
insurance — veer apart."
- "The states did not always seem so different. Animosity between Packers
fans and Vikings fans once seemed the widest divide. Both Duluth and
Superior lean Democratic. Both have their share of Lutheran and Catholic
churches. People buy their clothes in Duluth, their cigarettes in
Superior. They ride mountain-biking trails and join book clubs in
Duluth, then cross back for a burger at Superior’s Anchor Bar."
Today's front page of the New York Times
includes an interesting story by Monica Davey (read HERE
) about the political dilemma now facing our own Twin Ports, Duluth Minnesota and Superior Wisconsin. The political divide between the two states' politics has grown wider since the last gubernatorial elections and the divides in our nation as a whole. Minnesota returned to a Democrat governor by electing Mark Dayton and Wisconsin voted in Scott Walker who soon after brought war on labor unions and changed that state's politics drastically.
Interestingly enough Times
reporter Davey did not consult Mayor Don Ness of Duluth or Bruce Hagen of Superior–or any the usual political leaders. Instead she relied on tapping into the culture of the communities by interviews with owners of the Flame Bars (located in both communities), teachers living in Duluth but working in Wisconsin and a Duluth business executive.
A video in the Times web site does give a more positive perspective than the print story interview of the business executive. The executive shared that while faced with what is assumed to be temporary added business taxes that has hurt his company, Minnesota did give his company incentives initially for expansion and also discussed the high quality of life these taxes afford.
This dilemma facing our Twin Ports reflect the conflict in our nation. The story is well done and definitely worth the read.
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