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It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your state representative.
Lisa Bayley early on as a city councilor in Red Wing earned the respect of many by casting votes that balanced a budget that had been cut at the last minute by state government. No taxes were increased and the cuts were made after many hours of listening to citizens and what their ideas were. These are the reasons why that I endorse Lisa Bayley for state representative. She has listened to all aspects of the community and made the thoughtful and prudent decisions. We need her to represent this area in the Legislature.
With the nation's leader soon be decided, local county and city races also are underway. Goodhue County has two seats up for grabs with municipal races also nearing the end. Red Wing, Cannon Falls, Goodhue, Lake City, Kenyon, Wanamingo and Zumbrota all have contests. Citizens can cast absentee ballots early at either the Goodhue County Government Center, 454 W. Sixth St., or their local city hall. The Government Center schedule before Election Day, Nov. 8, will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.
Do you know that Red Wing has a robotics team that went to the national championship? Do you know that Barb Haley was instrumental in forming the team and raising private money to fund the team? You hear people all the time say they vote for the person, let me tell you a little about Barb, the person. Barb is a neighbor. Did you know that Barb gave birth to premature triplets that passed away shortly after birth because hospital equipment was not small enough for premature babies?
Why do the words of Grateful Dead musician Jerry Garcia from the 1960s reverberate now: "What a long strange trip it's been!" Then, like now, our country seems to be coming apart at the seams.
I expect you are as tired as all of us with the political "garbage" that floods our mailboxes and annoys our eating of meals with their phone calls ... as well as the visits in person some of these people generate. For example, the other evening I had just settled down in my favorite chair and picked up my quilting, when someone came to the breezeway door and knocked. Being a good neighbor, I got up, turned on the outside light and answered the door. However, there was no one there. So I returned to my quilting, but by that time, the "politician" had come to the front door.
I come from a mixed marriage: my wife is a Republican from Wayzata, Minn., I am a Democrat from Duluth, Minn. So we've had many opportunities to discuss politics and negotiate treaties. This year, we are in a rare state of agreement. We support Lisa Bayley for the Minnesota House and Angie Craig for Congress. Why? In the case of Bayley vs. Haley, we like Lisa's many years of experience as a lawyer and city council member. We want someone representing us who brings discernment to public policy, rather than just "saying no" to most public spending.
Just read Ernie Stone's letter and having arrived in Red Wing within a couple of years of his family, I concur with much of his thinking expressed therein. Indeed it was just two days ago I mentioned the bi-monthly utility bills, that soon after went to monthly, as I wondered if that was an indication of a rise in costs that quickly followed. I've known Ernie for at least 10 years and find him a breath of fresh air when discussing city issues with common sense and clarity — just what we need on City Council: no more status-quo. Catherine Huisman
Lots of people are running for local office in Red Wing and Goodhue County — all seeming to be intelligent and presentable candidates. It is customary to deplore low rates of voter turnout and encourage people to vote. Let's turn this around as ask: "Why is it that so many people don't vote?" I suspect it is because people don't feel it will make a real difference in their lives, that things will stay about the same regardless of who is in office. This attitude often seems justified.
To be a commissioner for Goodhue County demands time, knowledge and a little bit of caring. It is difficult to imagine the depth of insight that one has to have to hold that seat — roads, bridges, health, child protection, environmental concerns, wells, septics, land use ... the list goes on. I cannot think of anyone more qualified to take the next commissioner seat than Paul Drotos. Having worked for and with the county for nearly two decades, I cannot tell you the need for Paul to be on board. His statement of "We have been short-changed by a lack of vision" is true.