Stupidity Virus Hits Erik Lipman, Pawlenty's Lawyer in Chief
From Strib letters on July 7:
Pawlenty and truckers
It amazes me how some people involved with this shutdown have no clue what they are talking about. A July 6 Star Tribune story reported that truckers want the barricades removed from the rest areas.
It was met with this statement from Eric Lipman, an attorney in Gov. Tim Pawlenty's office: "It's like the old phrase, 'Your poor planning doesn't make for my emergency.' "
The rest areas on Interstate Hwy. 94 are very important rest stops for trucks. These stops are mandated by law and have nothing to do with "poor planning." You can't always pick where to stop. It varies depending on traffic conditions, road construction and whether you get delayed at a shipper or not.
Unless Pawlenty's representative wants truckers driving illegally without required sleep stops, they need to open the truck parking areas.
Mark Steiger, Maple Grove.
According to Wednesday's paper, the Minnesota Trucking Association asked that rest areas be reopened to accommodate truckers trying to comply with state and federal laws. (The laws require that truckers rest for 10 hours after driving for 14 hours.)
In response, Eric Lipman, an attorney representing Gov. Tim Pawlenty's office, suggested that truckers adjust their schedules and make do. He followed that advice with the comment, "It's like the old phrase, 'Your poor planning doesn't make for my emergency.' "
Apparently the truckers should have planned for Minnesota's government to shut down as of this month. They then could have avoided making deliveries to our state until the governor and legislators were able to find the time to pass a budget.
Thank goodness we have caring and empathetic professionals such as Lipman advising the governor. Just imagine the mess our state could be in without them!
Karen M. Loheit, Minnetonka.
There's finally agreement now. Tim Pawlenty is the big loser in this mess. Lipman's idiotic statement is the icing on the cake.