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To the Editor: We are asking you to vote no this November on the marriage amendment because we feel everyone in our family deserves every opportunity that comes their way. We feel that family (marriage) is exactly what we as individuals make of it. It will mean very different things to very different people, so when you have two consenting adults, no one should be able to dictate their lives and how they live it. Our family grew last year when we had the honor of attending the marriage of our cousin and her girlfriend of many years in Boston.
To the Editor: David Radziej's recent letter on postal reform noted the key role of the U. S. Postal Service in Minnesota's economy and the thousands of private-sector jobs it supports. The USPS, which is based in the Constitution, provides Minnesotans and all Americans with the world's best and most affordable delivery service. And it hasn't used a dime of taxpayer money for more than 30 years. The Postal Service's financial problems need to be addressed. Radziej calls for the passage of the bill by Darrell Issa of California.
To the Editor: League of Women Voters Red Wing would like to inform Red Wing citizens that we will be conducting three evenings of candidate forums for local candidates. The first event is scheduled for Sept. 20 and will feature mayoral candidates, followed by candidates for City Council Wards 1 and 2 and combined Wards 3-4. Although Ward 1 is an uncontested race, LWVRW has invited this candidate so citizens may hear all candidates' responses to questions. On Sept. 27, both the state House and Senate candidates will have an opportunity to be heard.
To the Editor: For over 30 years we have known Matt Schmit and his family. In that time, Matt graduated from Red Wing High School and went on to become a successful small business owner, applying his 10 years of public policy experience to tackle some of Minnesota's most pressing problems. Like our friends and neighbors, we are tired of typical politicians who say one thing in person or in an email, but do something completely different in St. Paul. We remember when statesmen worked across the aisle to forge real compromises with Minnesotans' best interests at heart.
To the Editor: I would like to invite all residents to a community forum next Tuesday being hosted by Red Wing 20/20. The topic for the quarterly community forum will be the proposed local option sales tax in Red Wing. We have invited a representative from each of the four proposed projects to present an overview of their project, followed by a chance to ask questions from the presenters and city staff. The informational meeting will be held at the Sheldon Theatre from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Hope to see you there. Pam Gorman Red Wing Pam Gorman is chair of Red Wing 20/20.
To the Editor: I rarely respond to letters to the editor. However, I must set the record straight regarding Nona Nelson's letter (R-E, Sept. 15). Legislative updates are an important way to communicate with constituents. I encourage you to visit the official Senate website and read legislative updates. You will find that they are not of a partisan nature. Concerning my pay, I donated my Senate paycheck for the entire month of July 2011 to the food shelves of Goodhue, Wabasha, and Winona counties.
To the Editor: As an artist and as a musician, what I see and what I hear is important to me. What I see is that the environment is precious and what I hear is that more and more people share my concerns about it. Six years ago, a group of Red Wing residents started getting together to talk about sustainability. We called ourselves, "Sustain Red Wing." Our mission was to add explainability to sustainability.
To the Editor: Most of us would probably agree that the freedom to practice our beliefs and morality as we wish, unless it infringes upon others, is one of the things that makes our nation truly great. We might further concur that there are many, perhaps hundreds, of subgroups including religions, nationalities, and social organizations that each espouse different beliefs and practices, some of which seem foreign and even strange to us at times.
To the Editor: The first time I worked with Paul Drotos was at the Y Camp pulling tree stumps for the Red Wing Lions Club. I honestly didn't think much of him until I gave him a chain and a chainsaw while I drove the bobcat. Pulling stumps used to be the measure of a man, and Paul measured up. Years later, when he had the "big idea" to make what he called "Sescrocks" for Red Wing's Sesquicentennial, I fronted the prototype money, but it was his enthusiasm for something completely different that sold 1,200 of those things.
To the Editor: On Sunday Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. the annual CROP Hunger Walk will be held in Central Park to show our love and active concern for neighbors in need near and far. The participants, ranging from newborns to seniors, will be raising awareness and funds to change the world in real and measurable ways -- digging wells that will bring clean water to villages; providing seeds and tools so that people can grow their own food; helping communities and families rebuild after disaster.