To the Editor:
In a handout published by the Marshall Public Schools, it stated that the reasons seeking a referendum were: the state was not adequately funding Minnesota schools; electricity costs were up over 34 percent; health insurance costs were up 57 percent; and transportation costs were up over 20 percent, and I believe it because my costs are up also.
Since the election of Barack Obama to the presidency in 2008, he and his administration have demonized the health insurance, oil and coal industries.
President Obama and the Democrats passed Obamacare against the will of the people (62 percent) claiming it would lower costs. The exact opposite is true, which we knew would happen. President Obama, by executive order, stopped off-shore drilling in June 2010, stopped oil exploration in Utah on federal lands and is further regulating, through the EPA, coal mining companies, which drives up energy costs.
Unemployment in Minnesota is about 6.6 percent, which directly affects tax revenue, which affects school funding. President Obama's policies have an effect on all the reasons for the referendum. It is time to go to the source and ask the president to stop these policies, which fail to do anything positive, and not ask the good people of Marshall to enable bad politics.