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To the Editor: I personally want to thank everyone who attended our recent informational meeting on a proposed new underground sand mine in Diamond Bluff and Oak Grove, and a sand processing and load out facility in Trenton; Pierce County, Wisconsin. We know that some people have concerns about sand mining, and we want to make sure that everyone has information to make decisions based on facts and science. Less than 10 acres of the 2,900-acre underground mine will involve above-ground activities.
To the Editor: There is the mistaken perception that issues relating to discrimination may be resolved thought the ballot box. At present that issue focuses on gay marriage. Numerous state bills, many proposing U.S. constitutional amendments, have been passed, the authors believing that discriminatory conduct can be ratified and have the effect of law if accomplished by a majority vote. If that were the case, civil rights legislation would have been overridden.
To the Editor: At the May 1 Port Authority meeting, the public received information about the Little River Bulkhead being used as a silica sand transfer point for barge traffic. Silica sand would be trucked from Wisconsin to the bulkhead at a rate of 75 trucks a day, each truck containing 20 tons of silica sand. The industry would have us believe that this product is as safe as the sand in a sandbox.
To the Editor: On Tuesday April 10, Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical campus held its scholarship banquet at the Red Wing campus. One hundred thirteen students were awarded scholarships totaling $116,000 that evening. Many students spoke about the importance of financial aid in assisting them in achieving their educational goals. Having attended these banquets, I continue to be impressed with the stories of hardship and hard work and wondered what more we as a community can do to support the students and campus that provides skilled work force to our communities.
To the Editor: New Beginnings Family Services -- now doing business as First Choice Clinic -- is a pregnancy resource center that has helped me in many great ways. I first heard about its Threads of Hope program in 2008 after having had two miscarriages. After the second one, I slipped into depression, feeling broken as a woman and as though I had done something to make their loss happen. It was then I decided to go through their program.
To the Editor: Water pollution is never a pretty picture. It's always something floating around that ruins swimming, fishing, or even drinking. Fortunately, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is finally coming to grips with some of the major pollutants in the Mississippi River. One pollutant that we can all recognize is called "total suspended solids." Total suspended solids or TSS are the fine particles of soil, leaves, and algae that cloud the river and are filling in Lake Pepin.
To the Editor: The National Association of Letter Carriers is holding its 20th annual Stamp Out Hunger Drive this Saturday. They need all of us to pitch in and give what we can to help families who don't know when their next meal may be. Hunger is a problem. It has been with us always, but more people are going hungry in 2012 than in previous years. Letter carriers can't solve the problem on their own, the food shelf and the United Way cannot nor can Health and Human Services staff solve hunger.
To the Editor: May 12 will mark an important milestone for the National Association of Letter Carrier's Stamp Our Hunger National Food Drive. It is their 20th anniversary; for twenty years the annual national drive has helped provide basic necessities for millions of Americans. Each year, the second Saturday in May is a day when all citizens have an opportunity, with the help of their letter carrier, to easily donate food to needy families in their community. Nationally last year, letter carriers collected 70.2 million pounds of food.
To the Editor: On May 12, the Red Wing city and rural carriers with the U.S. Postal Service will be collecting non-perishable items for the food shelf. EconoFoods is providing bags, which the carriers will leave at mailboxes Wednesday or Thursday. Campbell's Soup is supplying the postcards in the cooperative venture to feed people. Carriers hope to collect more than 2,000 pounds this year, so everyone's participation would be greatly appreciated. Dewey Christianson Red Wing
To the Editor: Writing letters of reply to the editor ranks lower on the enjoyment scale than does a good game of tennis or badminton. Nevertheless, Steve Murphy's letter (R-E, April 21-22), like John Litsenberger's (R-E, April 4), calls for a reply because it misstates some of what my letter said (R-E, April 17). At the same time, it offers good information. I never mentioned fracking, only frac sand mining.