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To the editor: I am a state employee and try not to identify with either party. I am most interested in a politician that has the best interest of Minnesotans and Americans in mind, not only themselves, their party, corporations or unions. I get tired of the bashing, name calling, and political spinning that tells people only what they want to hear. Steve Drazkowski knows how to play the game. He likes to tell part of the story.
To the Editor: In these days of highly partisan politics, both candidates and voters have an important responsibility to maintain high ethical standards. Statements made in the workplace by a teacher or school official, whether in support or opposition to a person running for office as in the recent case of Sen. John Howe, have greater influence on listeners than ordinary conversation, and have rightly been condemned by the school superintendent.
To the Editor: Remember the last Minnesota legislative session? Remember the year before? Most of us have much going on and easily forget what our local legislators did. We tend to believe what they say today. We might even believe that they were not tea-party like supporters of the radical "2.0" positions of their Republican Party last year. We may even believe they didn't want to shut our state down and only took their "shutdown" pay so they could donate it to worthy causes while state employees suffered.
To the Editor: On Nov. 16, 2008, Goodhue Wind LLC came to the Goodhue County Board for approval of a "Resolution Acknowledging Community-Based Energy Development (C-BED) Status for the Goodhue Wind, LLC." The item was tabled but re-addressed and enacted Dec.
To the Editor: In Genesis 2:18 God says, "It is not good for the man to be alone." God knew what the male needed for his life to be good. The verse goes on, God says, "I will make him a helper suitable for him." The creator then makes a female, not another male. In God's plan, the marriage of a man and a woman was what was best.
To the Editor: Ted Seifert, candidate for County Board, in his R-E interview seems to be under the impression regarding silica sand mining that the county, its attorney, Land-use staff and others would be on an even playing field in any confrontation over the 40-page mine ordinance -- yet to be created -- with one of the largest oil companies in the world. Certainly he recalls the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska, which 20 years later is still on appeal.
To the Editor: Republicans' trickle-down economic policies promise us if we allow upper-income individuals and corporations to create more wealth through lower taxes, then economic growth will flow down, create more jobs and benefit the middle class. The stock market is re-approaching record high levels. Corporate profits have increased over 13 percent over a year ago. During the slow recovery, 93 percent of that growth went to the top 1 percent of taxpayers, an 11.6 percent average increase.
To the Editor: Many of you have noticed houses being built in Red Wing by Habitat for Humanity, and perhaps have realized that much of the construction is done by volunteers, some of us not very skilled at all. Imagine what a huge job that is for a construction manager. Seven years ago I learned that lesson first hand, when I was the volunteer coordinator for a house that was built on Central Avenue. That meant rounding up volunteers, anybody and everybody who could pitch in to make somebody's dream of owning a home come true.
To the Editor: Jim Hightower wrote a book, "If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote, They Would Have Given Us Candidates." I was starting to share Hightower's cynicism about voting until I began seeing all the efforts to curtail voting. Obviously, people with power to change the rules saw voting as significant. According to the ACLU ("Civil Liberties," summer 2012), one in 10 Americans do not have a photo ID. More specifically, one in four black and one in six Latinos do not have photo IDs.
To the Editor: I encourage voters in Minnesota Senate district 21 to vote for John Howe. Sen. Howe has worked diligently on our behalf and we should return him to the state Capitol. Howe is uniquely qualified to continue to represent us in the Senate. He quickly became one of the most influential members of the Senate. His service as mayor of Red Wing provides him a wealth of experience in local issues affecting our district. His experience owning and running his own business gives him good understanding of economic development issues and the importance of businesses to local economy.