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To the Editor: Although the cartoon published by the R-E may have offended some, I am offended by the portrayal of Sen. Edward Kennedy as fair, compassionate and a champion of justice (R-E Aug. 28 and Sept. 2). For 47 years he leeched off of the public dime and was a champion of partisan politics. Didn't he just ask to re-change the rules about replacing a senator in Massachusetts because his party was involved? When there was a Republican governor, Massachusetts was urged, by Kennedy and others, to change the rules about how to replace a sitting senator.
To the Editor: If everyone is required to buy insurance and we have no public option, it's a bonanza for the health insurance companies. This is not acceptable. President Obama's address to the nation on health care was inspiring but fell short when he failed to endorse a strong public option; this is not reform. I hope our elected representatives under-stand that there is an outcry for health reform. This means a Medicare-style health care plan for all as an option. It is the only way we can keep the insurance industry's greed in check. Linda Bjorklund Prescott
To the Editor: After years when many children were left behind, we finally have a president who ranks education among his highest priorities. What's more, he planned a televised address to encourage and challenge America's schoolchildren to maximize their potential. For this effort President Obama received a sizeable vitriolic backlash.
To the Editor: Mr. Drazkowski says opening up free market (private) solution to health care insurance for competition (R-E, Aug. 21). Satisfaction ratings are higher in Medicare -- government-run -- than in private insurance. But they don't want you to know that and will try to demean and scare people about a government-run plan. And he wants to scare you into thinking that any government-run system, particularly those in Canada, United Kingdom and France, the people are very unhappy. Vested special interests are powerful and influence public policy.
To the Editor: Rep. Steve Drazkowski thinks the government has failed in health care (R-E, Aug. 28)? How absurd! So I take it, Mr. Drazkowski, you won't be using Medicare or VA health care? Oh, he didn't say that, did he! I'm dealing with my dying mother, long retired and a World War II veteran, and without Medicare and the VA, I don't know what we'd do. Medicare and VA have been very successful, we've received excellent care, no complaints.
To the Editor: We want to clarify the reason for our override of Mayor John Howe's veto of the 2009 budget item: City Hall remodeling. It is highly unlikely that any money will be spent on City hall this year. The term "remodeling" has been a cause for confusion. Actually, we had hoped to use local businesses to improve the heating and air conditioning, as well as add insulation and repair some walls if the money was available.
To the Editor: The other day I had business in Red Wing. After I left the county courthouse I headed for the Goodhue County History Center. Finding the road blocked because of construction, I took the marked detour. The last half block of the trip was a gravel alley, but I got there. I would like to congratulate the city on the signage they provided during the construction. If only it was that good on the regular route. If the city isn't careful the History Center may lose the title of Red Wing's best kept secret. Impressed. John Cole Kenyon
To the Editor: The 148th Goodhue County Fair has closed the books on a successful year. A big thank you to all of the 4-H and open class exhibitors, the commercial exhibitors and vendors, the fair staff and all of the myriad of volunteers that help throughout the week. Our barns were filled to capacity with livestock with the need of an additional tent for some and other exhibits were up. The weather cooperated for the most part and we were blessed with good attendance. Congratulations to all of our winners and participants: Tour hard work was enjoyed by all.
To the Editor: I would like to warn individuals using valet parking about what happened to me and could easily happen to them. In May, I went out for a relaxing evening. I always use valet parking because it is too hard for me to walk very far. That night, I pulled into the area where one leaves the vehicle for valet attendants to take it to the valet lot. I received the claim ticket from an attendant and left my van. Before I could even get to the front door, a man jumped in and stole it.
To the Editor: Congratulations to the Goodhue Public Schools and the community for giving students the opportunity to hear the speech by President Obama.