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To the Editor: The Republican Eagle is a part of Forum Communications Co., which is a media firm in Fargo, N.D. Forum Communications Co. publishes a number of newspapers, including The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. As a resident of Belle Creek in Goodhue County where the proposed AWA Goodhue Wind Project is proposing to build, I was very offended to see the Republican Eagle promoting the extension of the production tax credit (R-E. Aug. 22). Why? Then I recalled that the Eagle is not locally owned.
To the Editor: Nine bystanders were shot and injured in the recent New York City killing by the police of a suspect accused of killing his employer. All nine were determined to have been shot by the police. Mayor Bloomberg and the NYC Police Department: Let's make a deal. I will stay out of New York if you will agree to stay out of Minnesota. Richard W. Johnson Wacouta
To the Editor: The Forum editorial printed in Wednesday's Republican Eagle states a few examples of what will result if federal tax credits for renewable energy are not extended. What is being subsidized?
To the Editor: The Forum editorial stating that the production tax credit for wind energy must be extended failed to mention that this subsidy transfers the real cost of wind energy to all taxpayers and effectively double the wholesale cost of electricity for all ratepayers (RE, Aug. 22). In Goodhue County we sleep with the nuclear bogeyman every night. We hardly even think about it. Nuclear energy gets a bad rap because of nuclear weapons, nuclear waste and human error.
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.