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To the Editor: I am excited to announce that the Red Wing Fire Department will be holding its first Fill the Boot Campaign to raise funds for the local Muscular Dystrophy Association. On Aug. 28-30, firefighters will be volunteering their time at several intersections in town to "fill their boots" with donations from motorists. The three-day campaign will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. each day. As a resident and mayor of Red Wing I was excited to hear about the involvement of our firefighters. My first full-time job was with St.
To the Editor: Red Wing PFLAG -- Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays -- and the Red Wing Soapbox Players are collaborating to present the play "8" Saturday Sept. 8 at the Sheldon Theatre. One year ago the play "8" written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Land Black premiered on Broadway.
To the Editor: I play around in my mind about this website idea of "Picnic Places." We found one yesterday at the top of the Red Wing bluffs on the grounds of the Goodhue County History Center. There is a red table set in a grove of oak trees there overlooking the whole town and river valley. The brass plaque nearby says the Mississippi River Valley spread out below was once a huge lake so deep and wide the cliffs on both sides of the river were the edges. Barn Bluff, the highest point in Red Wing at the southern end of the town, was an island.
To the Editor: Yes, it is time to get certainty inserted into the wind power tax situation (RE, Aug, 22) -- the certainty that comes with a total end to subsidies for this insidious green farce. The wind power industry has had about 40 years to become competitive with subsidies all the way and the only chance it has to remain on life support is with continued subsidies. That is a sad commentary on the competitiveness of the technology.
To the Editor: The recent Forum editorial favoring continuation of the production tax credit for wind energy is fundamentally incorrect and reflects ignorance of what is taking place in the global and U.S. economy (RE, Aug. 22). Underlying the failed premises is the assumption or belief that "resources" are renewable and ever-lasting - just like the growth they appear to create, and that the government controls this growth. It also assumes that there is a correlation between economic growth and secure employment, which is also false.
To the Editor: "Breaking up is hard to do" may remind you of lyrics from an old song, but I am referring to extension of the wind energy production tax credit, which is about to expire at the end of this year. Most recently, Congress has tried numerous times to push the extension of the wind production tax credit using the argument of phasing out the PTC rather than just letting it expire. However, it was pointed out that wind generation in place by Dec. 31, 2012, will receive the tax credit for the next 10 years.
To the Editor: I do not understand why anyone would want to make a person's right to vote more difficult or in some cases almost impossible. In our state when people register on Election Day, they either present a valid picture ID or, if the address is incorrect, a picture ID with their utility bill with the correct address.
To the Editor: Summer has been a busy time at the area food shelf. Demand has been heavy and donations always wane during the summer months. Arriving with autumn is the start of school and a degree of relief from hunger for more than 200,000 Minnesota children who were without free or reduced price meals over the summer months. Also arriving with autumn are generous donations of locally grown produce to the food shelf. This produce is a true blessing! Unfortunately the demand for supplemental food assistance remains high and the shelves thin of food.
To the Editor: When talking about whether or not the right to marry should be restricted to heterosexuals only, you often hear people say we should vote on it. I guess the implication is that if the majority of people are in favor of something it's the right thing to do. Years ago several states passed laws saying that black people could not marry white people, black people could not eat in the same restaurants as white people and black people had to ride in the back of the bus.
To the Editor: In response to Wm. David Farrar's letter Aug. 8, I'd like to clarify what will happen if this amendment does not pass -- nothing. If the "marriage amendment" gets voted down, nothing will happen. Lesbians and gays in Minnesota will not be filling the courthouses for marriage licenses, and legal same-sex marriages will not be taking place. If the amendment should pass, it would be the first amendment to the Minnesota Constitution to negatively impact a minority. If it passes, an amendment would be added that states marriage is to be defined as between one woman and one man.