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Wisconsin town brainstorms economic life after Polaris

There are 21 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jun 10, 2010, titled Wisconsin town brainstorms economic life after Polaris. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Several hundred people gathered Thursday night at a town hall meeting with questions about the future in the wake of news that Polaris plans to close its production plant here within two years, cutting more than 500 jobs.

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Hard Truth

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Jun 10, 2010
If you don't kick the liberals and democrats out of office, it's only going to get worse.
Dale

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Jun 10, 2010
hey - reminds me of Sam Kinison's rant to the Ethiopians.......
"MOVE AWAY - YOU LIVE IN A DESERT - NOTHING GROWS THERE - NOTHINGS EVER GONNA GROW THERE"

SO - RURAL PEOPLE - there's no jobs there!
There's never gonna be any jobs there -
If you want to live where there's no jobs - then you need independent income -
Why do you think we all live in the city?
Cause we like it?
No!
We want to live in the country too.
Except we're smarter - we know we have to make a living.
Proud to be from Osceola

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

#4 Jun 10, 2010
Hats to to Mayor Demulling for apologizing to the Polaris employees that some tonight chose to use the open mic as a sounding board to take shots at the officials. That comment from her got the loudest applause all night.

Tom, Bill and Margo should be embarrassed.
Observer

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Jun 11, 2010
So much to be said about this, but any good explanation will tell how the ultimate cause for things like this are decisions made in Washington, D.C.

http://www.examiner.com/x-36867-Minneapolis-E...
Mee

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Jun 11, 2010
Hard Truth wrote:
If you don't kick the liberals and democrats out of office, it's only going to get worse.
If one could say this exodus started in the past 2 years your point would be valid. This has been going on far too long to blame it all on the Dems and Liberals.

Since: Apr 10

Omaha, NE

#7 Jun 11, 2010
Dale, there's 1 problem with your comparison. There were jobs there and there could be again but they are being lost to foreign countries. Plenty of small rural towns survived all these years on the backbone of manufacturing jobs. And no you can't blame the Dems, You can't blame the Republicans. We need blame them all.
music fest director

Blue Earth, MN

#8 Jun 11, 2010
Why would I pay a Sconnie $25/hr when a Mexican will work for $2.50/hr?
Grandpa Favre

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Jun 11, 2010
1. They are not getting paid $25 an hr.
2. The market for their product is really now down south. When was the last time you heard of anyone buying a new $6k snowmobile?
3. It is a business decision by Polaris.
Be it wis, Iowa, mn or any of the other state involved makes little difference.
Outsourcein to other countries has been going on for a decade, one can not just blame the current officials.
music fest director

Blue Earth, MN

#10 Jun 11, 2010
Grandpa Favre wrote:
1. They are not getting paid $25 an hr.
2. The market for their product is really now down south. When was the last time you heard of anyone buying a new $6k snowmobile?
3. It is a business decision by Polaris.
Be it wis, Iowa, mn or any of the other state involved makes little difference.
Outsourcein to other countries has been going on for a decade, one can not just blame the current officials.
And mexicans are not working for $2.5/hr? We are turning third world here ourselves. Better get used to the low wages.
Magic

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Jun 11, 2010
A union rep get up and asked why the government employees more people than manufacturing in Wisc.

IMHO in order to reverse the dominence of government employement is to elect people who will not support expanding government employment.

Plain and simple, government MUST SHRINK A LOT, LIKE 30% for starters.

A friend owns an apartment and was talking to someone who voted for expansion of schools along with higher taxes. As an owner of an apartment building my friend told the expansion supporter tht her rent would be going up and she asked why.

Of course because taxes would be going up, people just arn't capable of connecting taxes with spending.

The idiots WILL ruin the country!

music fest director

Blue Earth, MN

#12 Jun 11, 2010
Grandpa Favre wrote:
1. They are not getting paid $25 an hr.
2. The market for their product is really now down south. When was the last time you heard of anyone buying a new $6k snowmobile?
3. It is a business decision by Polaris.
Be it wis, Iowa, mn or any of the other state involved makes little difference.
Outsourcein to other countries has been going on for a decade, one can not just blame the current officials.
My brother bought a new Polaris snogo last winter.
Grandpa Favre

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Jun 11, 2010
Magic wrote:
A union rep get up and asked why the government employees more people than manufacturing in Wisc.
IMHO in order to reverse the dominence of government employement is to elect people who will not support expanding government employment.
Plain and simple, government MUST SHRINK A LOT, LIKE 30% for starters.
A friend owns an apartment and was talking to someone who voted for expansion of schools along with higher taxes. As an owner of an apartment building my friend told the expansion supporter tht her rent would be going up and she asked why.
Of course because taxes would be going up, people just arn't capable of connecting taxes with spending.
The idiots WILL ruin the country!
Do not kid yourself, Tom is no union rep. I am not sure where you got that. He is a known extremist, writes rants in the local paper. IT was not the place nor the time to address anything other than the solutions to the workforce of Polaris last night.
The Mayor was so right to apologize to the Polaris people for those that choose to use the open mic for right wing political banter. That was followed by HUGE applause..
Magic

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Jun 11, 2010
Grandpa Favre wrote:
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Do not kid yourself, Tom is no union rep. I am not sure where you got that. He is a known extremist, writes rants in the local paper. IT was not the place nor the time to address anything other than the solutions to the workforce of Polaris last night.
The Mayor was so right to apologize to the Polaris people for those that choose to use the open mic for right wing political banter. That was followed by HUGE applause..
An extremist pointing out the number of government jobs exceeds the number of manufacturing jobs is an extremist I can agree with.

When Reagan suggested the Russians tear down this wall, that was an extremist view as well.

OPEN YOUR EYES BEFORE YOU ARE ON YOUR BACK SUCKING WIND!!
Grandpa Favre

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Jun 11, 2010
But you see, this was not the time or place to debate this. These people were there looking for information,and updates on what will happen in the future. They were not there to have their Q and Y time taken up by local political junkies.
Grandpa Favre

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Jun 11, 2010
PS..Tom M. is not a Union rep. Why did you lie about that ?
Magic

Long Lake, MN

#17 Jun 11, 2010
Grandpa Favre wrote:
PS..Tom M. is not a Union rep. Why did you lie about that ?
He was identified as a union rep.
Proud to be from Osceola

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

#18 Jun 12, 2010
By whom ? He owns a small business in St Croix falls and writes a right wing political column in the Osceola sun. If he did to the media after the meeting he lied. He also tossed out his stats with nothing to support it...I question his stats..
Magic

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Jun 12, 2010
Proud to be from Osceola wrote:
By whom ? He owns a small business in St Croix falls and writes a right wing political column in the Osceola sun. If he did to the media after the meeting he lied. He also tossed out his stats with nothing to support it...I question his stats..
Ask the 500 Polaris employees if his stats are correct.

And report back.
Proud to be from Osceola

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

#20 Jun 12, 2010
Like you or they would know the qty of mfg employees and or Gov. employees. To be honest Tom does not either. He tossed out an unsupported statement at the meeting. He often does in the local media. It is not unlike him to do so. He has been known to do that in the past.
Proud to be from Osceola

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

#21 Jun 12, 2010
Magic wrote:
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He was identified as a union rep.
Again by whom ID'd him as a union rep. It was not reported as such in this story.
If HE told anyone he was HE was again being untruthful. If he is about that then why would you believe his stats?

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