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To the Editor: Alzheimer's disease is an epidemic in America that continues to affect millions of individuals of all age groups. In 2011 there are 5.2 million people 65 years and older and 200,000 individuals under the age of 65 affected with younger-onset Alzheimer's in America. The thought of living with the disease before age 65 is life altering. No one should have to live through life with a disease that changes one's self-identity.
To the Editor: Ted Seifert defends the people of Goodhue County. He has consistently voted and worked to bring truth and common sense to his role as county commissioner. Mr. Seifert is a friend to business and industry as well - unless a company's work would harm the residents - then he sides with the citizens. I found that he takes the time to listen to my concerns and ask pertinent questions to ensure he is fully informed.
To the Editor: You meet a lot of volunteers working for the Red Cross Blood Bank for 35 years. The donors are truly generous people and the staff is pretty tireless except on the last day when it's time to pack everything up. That's when the Boy Scouts always showed up. Most of the boys were too young to give blood but not too young to learn the value of volunteering.
To the Editor: It's incredible to think that Minnesotans are considering enshrining discrimination in our state Constitution. Do we really want to return to the days when it was legal to deny to others basic human rights that we insist our military men and women protect at all costs - but only for us, not "them"? "Them" - gay men and women who love exactly as "we" love, care deeply for their partner's well-being just as "we" do, worry together over financial or family distress just as "we" do.
To the Editor: I am so grateful! Oct. 1 is the five-year anniversary of the Freedom to Breathe Act. My family will definitely celebrate the five years of smoke-free air. Before Freedom to Breathe, we avoided restaurants that allowed smoking. I did not want to expose my young children to the toxic, cancer-causing chemicals in secondhand smoke and my husband has a hard time with the smoke and how it affects his lungs. I also felt bad for those who had to choose between their health and their paycheck. How awful for those who had to work in smoky bars/restaurants.
To the Editor: The 2012 Goodhue County Fair is over and we appreciate all of those involved. This includes our partners, sponsors, volunteers, exhibitors, vendors and guests. The weather was challenging on a couple of days, and we thank the fairgoers for their patience on those days. When the sun came out, the grounds dried out, and attendance was outstanding, making our 151st fair a success. We couldn't do it without all of you. Many donations of money and equipment came from special friends.
To the Editor: I just wanted to make some comments about whoever was picketing our church last Sunday with their signs saying "hate." I believe they are talking about the marriage amendment. Who is hating? Here we are in church and doing good whereas the Democratic Party has killed millions of unborn children through abortion. President Obama removed the ban on partial birth abortion which President Bush signed into law. So now children are slaughtered by the million with no regard to their pain. We constantly see and wonder how Hitler could kill millions of innocent people.
To the Editor: In 33 years working in the school system, I worked with many dedicated and amazing teachers - not all of them were certified teachers. A middle school volunteer tutoring program was set up for children who needed extra help. The volunteer tutors were usually involved with students who were behind in math skills. Paul Drotos was one of the most caring and knowledgeable tutors I had the pleasure to know. He respected each child he helped. The students learned how to do the mechanics of math, but they also learned how to appreciate math in their everyday lives.
To the Editor: As the 2012 recipient of the Amos Owen award, I wish to thank the Red Wing Human Rights Commission for giving me this honor at the recent Diversity Festival. I also wish to thank the friends and colleagues who nominated me. A very special thanks to the Owen family that presented me with a beautiful photograph of Amos Owen. The award and the photograph hang in a special place in my home to remind me of this very great honor. Thanks also to Red Wing for giving me opportunities to volunteer and work for people in need and whose rights are in jeopardy.
To the Editor: It took a lot of people to make the annual Wagon Train for Youth a successful event that raised $4,340.75 for the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. On behalf of the Minnesota State Mounted Posse Association and the Winona County Mounted Posse Association, I thank the Winona County Fair Board for allowing us to stage the Wagon Train for Youth at the Winona County Fair Grounds. It was an excellent facility that served our purpose well. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources let us take the wagon train into Whitewater State Park.