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Letter to the Editor: Send Gretchen Driskell to Lansing in November

Gretchen Driskell will help restore funding for education and keep our public schools working.

Dear Editor:

Voters in the 52nd District have the rare opportunity to send to the state House of Representatives a candidate with superior qualifications. Gretchen Driskell has been mayor of Saline for 14 years, and re-elected seven times.

My family and I have lived in the Saline School District all of that time. Our three girls went through the schools. At 70, I've seen many different systems. This one is outstanding. Saline property taxes have remained among the lowest of the county. We experienced Saline's civic pride (the parades, the recreation center, the Celtic Festival, the downtown decorations.)  There's no question why Saline was named one of the best small towns in America.

It is not surprising to find out about the regularly balanced budgets with even a surplus of $2 million behind the scene. This is clearly the kind of leader we need to represent us in Lansing. Gretchen Driskell will help restore funding for education and keep our public schools working.

Alan Karl Johnson

Saline, MI

Deb Hutton November 01, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Someone must not be telling the whole story, as all the members of the Saline school board have endorsed Mark Ouimet, and she is running on a pro-schools platform. Her ads are also misleading as she asserts the Mark gave tax cuts to "billionaires". I think this is the national party line that the president is using - but for Michigan it is not true. Governor Snyder and Mark Ouimet voted to repeal the double taxation leveraged onto Michigan's business owners which had been forcing business out of state. (Think Pfeizer) With the business tax rates back in line with the rest of the country, we have been able to retain and grow our businesses. Did you know that Michigan is the leader in the technology to build suspension bridges? Other states send their workers to Michigan to train! All this has happened under Mark Ouimet. Please do not lure us back into the Granholm days of chasing businesses out of Michigan!
Keith Best November 01, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Driskell keeps spouting the Democrats talking points. Have we heard about the Koch Bros. yet??? She can't think for herself?
Deb Hutton November 01, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Keith- I couldn't agree more. She sounds like a puppet for the Democrats. Certainly not the centrist bi-partisan representation that Dexter needs.
Deb Hutton November 01, 2012 at 03:24 PM
PS why is a letter from Saline on the Dexter Patch? For that matter why is Dexter Patch linked with the Huffington Post which is notoriously partisan?
Daniel Lai November 01, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Great questions, Deb! Letters for the 52nd House District are running on Dexter, Chelsea, and Saline because the 52nd District includes those communities. To your second question: Patch and Huffington Post are both owned by AOL. So Patch stories appear on AOL and Huffington Post in some occasions.
Deb Hutton November 01, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Thanks Daniel!

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