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To the Editor: I'd like to clarify some recent spin regarding a taxpayer-funded campaign-style flyer circulated by Sen. John Sterling Howe. The flyer in question was inserted in the Republican Eagle and did not include a campaign disclaimer. Without such a disclaimer, the public rightly concludes it was printed at Howe's state Senate office. A letter from Teresa Whitson (R-E, Aug 18) confirmed this, stating that "not one penny of taxpayer money went into the distribution" of the piece.
To the Editor: As someone who is opposed to the marriage amendment on the November ballot in Minnesota, I've followed with interest David Farrar's letters to the editor and the responses these generated. While I respect both Dr. Farrar's right to his opinion and his desire for what he sees as best for our society and appreciate the very civil way in which he makes his case, I feel compelled to respond. Two comments in response to his latest letter: First, anyone who's married knows what an incredible amount of hard work and commitment this involves.
To the Editor: We have freedom of religion in the United States. We have freedom of assembly and speech in the United States. We have freedom to choose in the United States. We respect the Constitution that recognizes those God-given rights. We support the notion that marriage is between one man and one woman. In November, we choose to vote yes to the marriage amendment. Erik & Vicki Gram Red Wing
To the Editor: Recent reports indicate that the U.S. House is unlikely to vote on postal reform legislation this month. H.R. 2309, the Postal Reform Ac, sponsored by House Oversight & Government Affairs Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, was approved by the committee last fall but has languished in its journey to a full House vote. It is my responsibility as president of the Printing Industry Midwest to warn the public of the disastrous consequences this delay would pose to the printing and graphic communications industry here in Minnesota and to the overall future viability of the U.S.
To The Editor: With two months to election it is time Mitt Romney tell the truth about his family's war service. He was of prime draft age during the last five years of the Vietnam War but never served. I presume Utah was his residence and the local draft board in Salt Lake was stacked with Mormons. He was allowed to do his ministry in Paris for two years while watching others his age come home in body bags. His five sons were of age to serve between the Gulf War, Iraq war and the Afghanistan war.
To the Editor: The Prairie Island Indian Community continues to protest the spent fuel casks at Xcel Energy's nearby Prairie Island nuclear plant. The tribe's general counsel recently asked, "Why do you have to keep it here?" One reason for keeping it there is that it was the fuel that supplied low-cost, reliable, round-the-clock electric power to southern Minnesota. Those casks are not a hazard to human health and won't be for decades. Of course, we need permanent geologic storage for them.
To the Editor: What a wonderful day it was! On Sept. 8 under crisp clear blue skies we gathered at Central Park to celebrate our diversity. We heard entertainers sharing their particular style of music. This ranged from Mu Diako,an Asian drumming group whose sound drew people from blocks around, Groupo Tirador, a rousing Latin American band sound, and Matthew Rivera, a pianist/composer and ukulele player who performed on stage and strolled the park. This year's festival had some new opportunities.
To the Editor: We need an overpass where Goodhue County 9 crosses U.S. Highway 52. People have been killed there, and more deaths will surely follow if something isn't done. As a resident of Goodhue County, I am tired of seeing my tax money go north to the Cities and south to Rochester to improve U.S. 52. Why is our stretch of the highway being treated like an orphan? Actually the county, state, and federal government all have some responsibility for it. Our county commissioners have done what they can.
To the Editor: As a young woman nearly 21 years of age I can easily recall the fateful morning of 9/11/01. I was at Sunnyside Elementary School when the announcements started pouring in. We as kids at the time had no idea what this really meant. Growing up and learning about it in school makes me really appreciate in a sobering way the strife this country went through after the events.
To the Editor: Many people in Red Wing have been enjoying the magnificent music of the Cuban choir that has been performing in Red Wing this week. You have a couple more opportunities. At 6:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, members will perform at First Lutheran Church. Saturday at 11 a.m. they will be at the Seventh Day Adventist Church. At 4:50 p.m. they begin their performance at the Church of St. Joseph. On Sunday, the choir will sing at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church and 7 p.m. at United Lutheran Church. Thursday they will be at St.