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Jul 21st, 2010

Summary: Today’s St. Cloud Times has a letter to the editor in which the letter writer offers a broad-ranging indictment of 6th District Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). The letter writer characterizes Bachmann as self-centered, unresponsive to the needs of her district, meager in her legislative accomplishments, and shirking the hard work of effective governance. But it’s not until the end of the letter that the writer touches on what I consider the real problem with Bachmann: her delusion-like paranoia, her shameless conspiracy-peddling, and her incessant fear-mongering. This post contains excerpts from the letter annotated with added content for background context. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 21, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported that the tragedy of war came home to Minnesota with news that five service members with local connections had died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jul 16th, 2010

Summary: Reader comment removed from St. Cloud Times’ online commentary on pro-Bachmann letter to the editor for “violating the terms of service.” … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 16, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported that Rep. Michele Bachmann, in addition to three likely Democratic opponents (Elwyn Tinklenberg, Maureen Reed, and Tarryl Clark), also faced a battle on a second front — a potential primary challenge from within the Republican Party.