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To the Editor: As a local citizen who's been quite involved in the issue of silica sand mining, I would like to add some comments to several of the letters that appeared in the Wednesday Feb. 27 edition of the Red Wing Republican Eagle. First, to the letter written by Arlin and Marilyn Albrecht, I say "Hear, hear!" They hit the issue square on the head. I dare say Red Wing lost a strong ally with the resignation of Mayor Dennis Egan.
To the Editor: In the letters to the editor in the R-E Feb.
To the Editor: When Mayor Egan took his turn to speak his piece at Monday night's council meeting, it illustrated exactly my concern: that Dennis Egan is a mouthpiece for the frac sand industry.
To the Editor: On Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013, at approximately 8:45 a.m., I died. Seriously. I had a cardiac arrest -- no heartbeat, no pulse. My life was gone. Fortunately, my heart attack occurred at the Red Wing YMCA where the immediate response of my wife and the professional expertise of the Y staff restored me. CPR compressions were begun immediately by a tag team consisting of some members, a YMCA trainer and a Mayo athletic trainer working at the Y, while a third staffer secured the AED device for employment.
To the Editor: I have been reading the vast criticism of Mayor Dennis Egan's acceptance of the position of executive director of the Minnesota Industrial Sand Council with a bit of interest. Perhaps someone can enlighten the citizens of Red Wing on where the problem lies. A weak-mayor form of government is described in the following definition from Wikipedia.org (Google weak mayor system): "In a 'weak' mayor-council system, the mayor has no formal authority outside of the council; he/she cannot appoint and/or remove officials, and lacks veto power over council votes.
To the Editor: The actions of the Red Wing City Council should chill the hearts of freedom-loving citizens of Red Wing. Because of political opposition to an issue, the members of the City Council sought to bully and intimidate a duly elected official. I believe if Mayor Dennis Egan had recently acquired a client who wished to hire his services in opposition to sand fracking, they would have given him an award rather than move to investigate him. Red Wing's legal counsel affirmed there is no standing to oppose Egan's business connection and no reason to legally suspect him of wrong doing.
To the Editor: It was interesting to hear the president's perception of the condition of our country in the annual State of the Union speech earlier this week. So, just what is the state of our nation? $3.60-plus a gallon gas prices Unemployment 8 percent or more for over four years Annual federal budget deficits $800 billion to $1.6 trillion for over four years $16,500,000,000,000 national debt and climbing. I guess if this is the new normal, then everything is great. Paul Kampe Red Wing
To the Editor: My wife and I moved here in 2004, excited about retiring in a wonderful community. All that changed from a knock on our door in May of 2011 when two brave citizens from Hay Creek were polling our neighborhood to see if we were aware of the impending frac sand mining wanting to establish itself in Goodhue County. After flying many trips over western Wisconsin, we became aware of the rapid explosion of sand mines there and the utter devastation to the environs and its people.
To the Editor: The Red Wing City Council was called upon Monday to respond to a critical issue regarding Dennis Egan's astonishingly bad judgment in entering into a contract for lobbying services with silica sand companies, while being mayor, getting paid by both to engage in conflicting jobs at cross purposes. Citizen input by virtue of emails and letters to the council as well as the R-E clearly reflected their disgust. The facts were not in dispute. Egan's decision three weeks ago was found in a publication rather than informing the council directly.
To the Editor: At ArtReach, we believe that creative expression is a fundamental need of all people that contributes to our community's quality of life. Our mission is simple: to provide access to the arts and the enrichment that it brings. One of the areas that we have been trying to focus on in 2012 and 2013 is the organization and implementation of several community art projects in Red Wing. We hope that by organizing these projects, we can encourage not only creativity, but also build on the feeling of community in Red Wing.