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To the Editor: I was happy to see that the Republican Eagle was going to look into the saving the city obtained by cutting the summer recreation (R-E, July 11). I do want to add that my husband and I now live in Red Wing and are also looking at selling our home and buying a new one. Summer recreation is one of the things keeping us in Red Wing because other communities don't have the offerings that Red Wing has had in the past. If opportunities for our children are being cut, the benefits to staying in Red Wing are also being reduced. Rachel Walter Red Wing
To the Editor: My wife and I have paid health insurance for over 35 years through our employers. Last year, I used it for the first time as I contacted viral pneumonia during a trip to California. The illness tipped me over the edge into type 2 diabetes. My health insurance company has put off payments for months for the following reason: They claimed they didn't have enough information, which turned out to be my Medicare A number. This number had nothing to do with our claims.
To the Editor: Wondering about this year's Red Wing Diversity Festival? The diversity committee is putting together an exciting, ninth annual event. The theme is one of unity building: "Diversity - Equality - Community." Our country is going through difficult economic times. By experiencing the differences in cultures we move toward equality and an increased sense of community for all. This year's festival will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 12 in the beautifully updated Central Park.
To the Editor: Last week, President Obama asked Congress to pass a health care reform bill before they recess in less than two weeks. I believe there is a need for health care reform in this country.
To the Editor: Congressman John Kline believes communicating with and hearing from constituents is the best way to accurately represent their views and values. To better serve Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District residents, he has launched a new, improved Web site -- http://kline.house.gov -- that makes it easier to contact him and learn about the services and resources he can help provide. A "Contact John" link on the home page enables visitors to e-mail the congressman directly.
To the Editor: Last summer my son had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Kiwanis Safety Camp for grades 4 through 6. This all-day event was fun and educational for a small fee of $15. My son learned about safety in many different fields, such as water, fire, bike, etc.
To the Editor: Our area is filled with local talent, and if you miss one concert, play or exhibit, there's usually another good show somewhere nearby. However, every now and then a traveling show comes through ... and if you missed the Wind Energy Forum at the Wanamingo Community Center July 9, you really missed out. With industrial wind projects being of such great magnitude, you would have hoped for the forum to be bipartisan, but unfortunately even the panelists (none of whom were from this area) were hopelessly one-sided.
To the Editor: It takes an individual with a brilliant mind to be an effective U.S. senator. Minnesota Sen. Al Franken is on the Senate Judiciary committee, which is charged with the interrogation of a United States Supreme Court nominee to determine whether or not that nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, is qualified to serve as a Supreme Court justice. A Supreme Court justice, a position that is held until the Justice voluntarily resigns or until their death, has the very profound responsibility of interpreting the Constitution of the United States of America.
To the Editor: I am very disappointed and upset with Washington and Sen. Amy Klobuchar. I have requested five times since January via e-mail/letter to our U.S. senator how will we pay for the entire stimulus, TARP and bailouts she voted for. Each response I receive avoids the question entirely. Apparently Klobuchar's Web site, which outlines ethics, transparency and fiscal responsibility, is not adhered to - which is similar to other elected officials we have in Congress from both parties. It is time to think seriously about replacing many of our politicians.
To the Editor: Troubles of the world -- high unemployment, lagging economy, unaffordable health care, non-accommodating weather, social injustices , war -- all weigh heavily on the shoulders of humanity. If you find yourself in need of some perspective, possibly inspirational patience -- good fortune is available at the Sheldon, once again. The Phoenix Theatre's production of "Fiddler on the Roof" this weekend may serve as an emotional entreatment to the things that ultimately matter most, in good times or bad -- faith, family and survival.