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Letter to the Editor: Little has Character, Intelligence, Energy to Get Things Done

Letter writer: "Little’s compassion for people is real. You might think that once the cameras are off that he would lose the smile but I’ve never seen it."

To the editor,

Over the past few months there has been plenty of information concerning the positions of our candidates for Mayor. We’ve heard from the candidates at the public debate, we’ve seen different perspectives from elected officials, there have been mailings and position papers.

As managing attorney at the Lakeville branch office of Sieben, Grose, Von Holtum & Carey, I would like to provide my insight regarding Matt Little who has been working as a law clerk at our office. Hopefully this will provide an additional glimpse of the character and dedication he has to our community.

In twenty five years of practicing law, I can honestly say that I have never hired anyone as capable, hardworking, and intelligent as Matt Little. On day one he came equipped with the ability to recognize legal issues and problem solve like a seasoned attorney. During his first week I assigned a case with a difficult and complex medical history. I expected the project would require at least two weeks to complete. In four days with no medical background, Little read, organized, simplified and analyzed thousands of pages of medical records. His analysis was provided to the opposing attorney, helping bring immediate resolution to a complicated matter.

Little’s compassion for people is real. You might think that once the cameras are off that he would lose the smile but I’ve never seen it. One day last summer he spent the whole morning helping clients prepare for their depositions, which is an intense process. Instead of taking lunch, he went straight to the food shelf to assist in transitioning their data to a new database. He would also occasionally ask for a break during the day so he could personally go to the home of a Lakeville resident to discuss a problem at hand.

Many people have mentioned Little’s energy level but I feel the need to reiterate a few things I’ve seen. First, Little worked full-time throughout the summer. This was more than a 9 to 5 job. He only took three days off between finishing his first year of law school at the University of Minnesota and starting in our office.  He would often have meetings before work at the Mainstreet Café, meet with folks during lunch and then knock on doors at night. I honestly have no idea how he does it. His type of energy, intelligence, problem solving skills and dedication is what gets things done.

We have a special opportunity to have someone like Matt serve as our Mayor. His commitment to this community is like none I’ve seen. It is with great pleasure that I support him in his candidacy for Mayor.  

Art Kosieradzki, Attorney, Sieben, Grose, Von Holtum & Carey, Lakeville

Harvey Simpson November 01, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Charlie - you forgot the Dallas TX U.S. Postal Service donation to Matt Little....
Charlie Gerk November 01, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Naw, I just didn't feel like taking the time to single out every Union Leader. The Dallas, Texas contribution is from the President of the Texas State Association of Letter Carriers. http://www.tsalc.net/Officers%20Report/pres_report.htm
Patrick Petersen November 02, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Thank you Art for sharing an inside to Matt's summer. Having a sibling go through law school I am aware of the amount of dedication it takes. I am just surprised at all the comments from the same people against Matt Little. It is sickening how rude and disrespectful some can be when they hide behind fake names. If you look at the comments, most of them sound like a child trying to get their way. We should be focused on what is best for Lakeville, not personal attacks. Matt Little is the only candidate that has provided a plan that is simple to understand. Mayor Bellows had his two years. In fact it took Mayor Bellows over two weeks to respond to an email from me about vacant buildings downtown. That is not what we need for mayor. We need someone that is willing to treat it more than a part time job. I wish all the Little "haters" would read what they have posted.
Harvey Simpson November 02, 2012 at 06:06 AM
PP- I wish all the Reib "haters" and bellows "haters" would read what they have written about them and correct their false accusations. Maye the city should hire twenty-something staff for the mayor and council to maintain Facebook pages, twitter accounts, Pinterest, and Google Plus because the youth of our city suffer "instant gratification" syndrome. You sound like a child not getting their way.
Patrick Petersen November 02, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Harvey, I am open the the attack, but, to be singled out being called a child is uncalled for. I have never acted like a child, but the continous harassing comments is what I dislike. I do like the suggestion about having someone maintain those pages because that is how a lot of the people learn about local, national, and world events. I would also add in Instagram too. In my job if I would wait two weeks to respond to an email, I would be fired. That simple.

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