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To the Editor: Pretty Red Wing. I remember loving that name when I moved here over 30 years ago and I couldn't have thought of anything more descriptive. It's a thought expressed by many of my relatives and friends when they visit. Therefore, it's with a heavy heart I'm going to suggest we consider a new name more reflective of the changing environment. Maybe we can have a name-change contest. How about Once Was Pretty Red Wing? I'm referring to unsightly additions to the landscape.
To the Editor: When Goodhue County commissioners passed a 12-month moratorium to study the sand mine issue, those of us who had worked hard to get this in place were very proud of our local county government. We were supportive of the Land-use office's appointment of a study group to research frac sand mining. We started to get a little worried when we saw that the study group would have mining experts but no environmental experts. Staff said they would have environmentalists come in to testify to the group as needed. On Jan.
To the Editor: As noted in your "editorial" last weekend, John Kline may have made every vote in 2011, but who was he really representing? His website is loaded with political talking points but rarely says anything about what he is really doing for his constituents, except for his meeting with farmers and discussing what he was doing to prevent the EPA from placing controls on "agricultural dust." In fact, Kline didn't have to do anything because this was a bogus GOP rumor which the EPA denounced as false in August 2011.
To the Editor: There was an alarming flaw in the logic of DNR regional hydrologist Jeff Green's presentation Jan. 4 to Goodhue County Silica Sand Mining Study Committee. After chastising those who would compare apples and oranges in mining impacts, Green proceeded to apply his findings -- that limestone and gravel mining have minimal impacts on hydrology and water quality -- to the analysis with which the mining committee has been charged.
To the Editor: The public has repeatedly been told by three Wabasha County commissioners that getting rid of the administrator position came about through the strategic planning process. The truth is Wabasha County never did real strategic planning. There is no written strategic plan, no product from the process. There are no written goals or objectives, there are no action plans.
To the editor: Regarding your editorial about our notification to the public concerning the alert at Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant on Thursday, Jan. 5: We agree that many things went right in terms of emergency response when the plant issued an early morning alert due to an industrial bleach spill and - as always - we will fully assess our performance and work for continued improvement. We extend our thanks to all the public agencies for a quick and professional response to the situation.
To the Editor: With Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month around the corner, I thought I'd share some thoughts on the experience of being black in Red Wing. First, Red Wing is largely a cultural vacuum. Nothing exists that validates the existence or positive contributions of black people. It's like a bad layer cake. The frosting is those folks who want the place to be decent and fair to everyone, while the bottom is largely predominated by racism, ignorance and intolerance.
To the Editor: The ringing endorsement of John Kline (R-E, Jan. 7) because he managed to have a "perfect" voting record in 2011 doesn't exactly ring true for me in light of 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 when that wasn't the case. Sure, his votes have been constant, but they were also constantly hollow. Every single vote was to support the disastrous Iraq War. Every single vote was for the Republican obstructionist agenda. Every other vote was to march in lock step with an anti-health care, anti-middle class, but pro 1 percent agenda.
To the Editor: I called Hiawathaland Transit busing service and discovered through an automated message that it didn't run the buses Dec. 26 or Jan. 2 for the "New Year's Holiday." They said operations would be running on schedule Jan. 3. I wish I would've known buses weren't running Monday as I wouldn't have stood in the bitter cold for 30 minutes. Is it normal to have this day off for public transportation and I didn't know anything about it? I saw no flyers or bulletins in the local newspaper indicating such a change.
To the Editor: Please add attending First Friday to your New Year's resolutions for 2012. First Friday is a Red Wing Downtown Main Street promotion to reacquaint residents to our downtown. Not only will you have a good time discovering what our downtown holds, you will be helping our local economy. Your dollars spent in locally owned businesses have three times the impact on our community. This helps create jobs and maintain the unique character of Red Wing. Something special is planned for the first Friday of each month by participating businesses. On Jan.