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Like many people who live within the proposed AWA Goodhue Wind footprint, I had hoped that the Public Utilities Commission would reconsider their decision to ignore the local Goodhue County wind turbine ordinance.
To the Editor: I am disappointed by the letter released Wednesday by a number of state legislators from Minnesota and Wisconsin opposing a new St. Croix River Crossing. It is important to note that most of those Wisconsin legislators signing the letter represent districts hundreds of miles from western Wisconsin. Those of us that have long supported a new bridge have worked to build support with stakeholders and elected officials at all levels of government and from both parties. I commend the bipartisan effort of our two states' Congressional delegations being led by U.S. Sen.
To the Editor: Wabasha County citizens elected Deb Roschen to carry out the duties of commissioner in accordance to MN. Stat. 373.01-373.51 (2010). The statutes state no commissioner can act independently of the County Board and have no special powers and can't independently direct employees, department heads, administrator or other elected official. Roschen has repeatedly violated this oath, so the Wabasha County Citizens for Responsible Government is exercising the right to initiated a recall petition.
To the Editor: The Wabasha County Board has been diligently planning for the future of our county. With additional state cuts looming, the country in a recession, and unemployment rates remaining at unacceptable levels, we are looking for viable ways to reorganize where we can. This will allow us to protect Wabasha County taxpayers from tax increases. There is a very instrumental person who has been key in the process. Commissioner Deb Roschen has been a leader and very helpful in challenging her colleagues on the Wabasha County Board to ask the hard questions.
To the Editor: My congressman, John Kline, recently completed what he called a "regulations tour" of his district. He wrote about it recently in the Republican Eagle (R-E, Nov. 2). I am sorry he was so disappointed in what he says he heard about regulations.
To the Editor: I am a leader of our neighborhood association, Friends of the Lower Cannon River. Eddie Miller's letter (R-E, Oct. 26) was critical of our Commissioner Ron Allen because Allen is the author of a resolution that would terminate the Hidden Valley Campground Conditional Use Permit. Mr. Allen and the commissioners have no choice but to do so.
To the Editor: A recent email was informative and interesting. It reads, in part: copied: Did you see Diane Sawyer's special report? They removed all items from a typical, middle-class family's home that were not made in the U.S. There was hardly anything left besides the kitchen sink. Literally. During the special they showed truckloads of items -- U.S.
To the Editor: Bald eagles left their summer haunts and are on the move in Goodhue County. Three mornings last week I looked for eagles. I saw about 35 each of the first two days and, with less time to look, about 18 the last day. A landowner who is a participant in the AWA Goodhue wind project aided my efforts one day. Steep bluffs ablaze in fall foliage surround cattle pastures and tracts of crop ground busy with the fall corn harvest. His family's properties are eagle magnets.
Karl Marx once described Wall Street as the "Vatican of capitalism." This brief description is both poetic and apt. When one considers Wall Street's greed, its clandestine dishonesty, its collusion with wealthy and arch-conservative political establishments and the imposition of its views on large numbers of people, then all but the least enlightened would fail to see the analogy.
Reps. Tim Kelly and John Krisel have done themselves and all of us proud in voting against the proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment restricting marriage. In choosing to use their own thoughtful judgment about fundamental principles of government, they have rejected the politically easier choice of joining a momentarily popular trend toward placing party loyalty above all else. I've known Kelly for many years now and often opposed him on matters before the Red Wing School Board when we served together.