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Labenz listens well

August 16, 2012
Fairmont Sentinel

To the Editor:

I had a good talk with Kevin Labenz on Sunday. He is a Democratic candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 23A.

We started with education. I have strong opinions about education. In particular, about creating a culture of learning. It took me until I was 50 years old to appreciate what philosophy has to do with learning. Now I want young people to share some of my passion for thinking. It was clear that Kevin was listening to my passion, working to understand my point of view. Then he said he has talked to all the school superintendents in District 23A and to many teachers. He articulated a summary of the concerns from these different groups, and how they were different from the perspective I expressed.

If you are a philosophical kind of person, you will see in the previous sentences the description of the kind of person you want to represent our district in St. Paul: a person who listens first, a person who seeks perspectives from different viewpoints, a person who is able to articulate what he has heard from others, a person who then thinks about these things for the sake of the district.

Do your own thinking and deciding. Please think about voting for Kevin Labenz. Check out what he has on his website. If you are at the Martin County Fair this week, go and talk to Kevin Labenz at the DFL booth.

Joel V. Xavier




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