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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.
To the Editor: Teresa Maples' letter was long on hysterics but short on facts (RE, Aug. 4). Here's the truth: Not one penny of taxpayer money went into the distribution of Sen. John Howe's legislative update. Such updates are produced every year by DFLers and Republicans alike and are authorized by the rules of the Senate. Most of the time, they are "fluff" pieces written by Senate staffers, designed to present their bosses in the best possible light. Instead of taking that path, Howe simply reprinted a news article written about him.
To the Editor: John Kline, why don't you "Stop the biggest tax hike in American history"? You are Washington, Mr. Kline. You are a member of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. You are the one who divisively votes to deny those with taxable income under $250,000 a continuation of their current lower rates. Why, because you and Grover Nordquist will not increase tax rates for those earning more than $250,000. You are a congressman that has chosen to focus on social issues, repealing the Affordable Care Act (32 attempts) and taking every third week off.
To the Editor: I have a very sad 11-year-old granddaughter. She entered her sheep at the Goodhue County Fair. She was there every day to take care of them. On Thursday she spent all day working at the 4-H booth. On Saturday she got up extra early to be there for the 8 a.m. auction with her blue ribbon sheep. After she got there she was told she couldn't be in the auction because she hadn't signed some form. But, no one told her she had to do this, not her leader, or the person that checked her in.