Our one chance, our last chance may be now. I have been working to protect our community from unregulated silica mining since March 2011 when an Oklahoma oil company bought 155 acres on a bluff, adjacent to a residential development, a state forest and two watersheds that run into Hay Creek.
Service clubs are an important part of every community because they’re always trying to make things better. Organized volunteers do so many things for Red Wing that we need to remind ourselves that flower baskets just don’t happen and that all fourth-graders don’t always get free dictionaries.
The polling location for Jordan Tower and Downtown Plaza residents has been moved to Colvill Court. Since these residents are least likely to drive themselves, it means $3 round trip on city bus for elderly and handicapped people to vote. That is like putting a poll tax on our elderly residents.
With six active candidates and no runoff, Red Wing's mayoral election may well have left us with a victor who received less than a third of the vote. It could be that more people would have preferred anyone else.
The future Mayor of Red Wing must possess a comprehensive knowledge of the workings of all facets of our city government. This person must have the respect of the various departments and individuals within city government to be an effective leader.
You can never really know someone completely. With six candidates running for mayor, many voters are going to have to take a leap of faith — hoping they made the right choice — knowing there are probably two or three candidates who would represent their views.
Red Wing needs a mayor that can set politics aside and see that real work gets done. A good mayor has the experience of working with the people of Red Wing and has the desire to talk and listen to the people in the community.
The Hunger Prevention Council of Pierce County sends a huge thank you to the mail carriers and residents of Pierce County for participating in the May 11th Letter Carriers’ National Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
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