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To the Editor: Following the challenging economy and historic job losses that have occurred in recent years, the focus of Wisconsin's legislative majorities this session has been on encouraging job creation and getting people back to work. While significant reforms and initiatives were acted on during two special sessions on jobs, legislative proposals are continuing to be developed and passed with the goal of helping grow our economy. We are seeing positive results from these efforts, as Wisconsin's unemployment rate has dropped to the lowest it has been since December 2008.
To the Editor: While I am relieved that Goodhue County is willing to spend up to $65,000 on a study that will make it easier to defend legal challenges against a new mining ordinance, I am a bit bewildered at our sense of priorities. Obviously, silica sand mining will severely effect property owners adjacent to this new industrial use. But as long as appropriate measures to protect water quality and the environment are taken, people living as close as two miles away will be totally unaffected.
To the Editor: In this era of "truth in packaging" and "transparency in politics," the Democratic and Republican Parties of Minnesota should trade names. Democracy is when all the people vote on the issues. Republicanism is when the people elect representatives to vote on their behalves. We are a republic (reminder: "and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands"). It is the Republican Party that is saying everyone should vote, and so is proposing legislation as constitutional amendments.
To the Editor: If we ask middle-aged African-Americans if the contributions of blacks were highlighted in American history curriculum when they were growing up, we would hear a resounding no. Historically, the important roles that African-Americans played in shaping America as a nation and as a society were left out or minimized. It was because of this gaping hole in our history textbooks that historian Carter G. Woodson began the campaign for the recognition of Negro History Week in 1926. In 1976, this important work was transformed into Black History Month.
To the Editor: Ellen Anderson was appointed Minnesota Public Utilities Commission chair by Gov. Mark Dayton last spring. Jan. 30 the Minnesota Senate did not confirm Anderson's appointment, effectively removing her from the position.
To the Editor: Many friends and supporters throughout the region helped feed over 80,000 people in need during 2011. As the region's food bank, Channel One gathered and distributed approximately 8 million pounds of surplus food product to people throughout 14 counties in southeastern Minnesota and La Crosse, Wis. Channel One is the primary resource for local food shelves. Demand on local food shelves is growing; demand on Channel One is growing more. We project the 2012 need to exceed 2011 figures. Please support your local food shelf in 2012.
To the Editor: Rep. Michael Beard, R-Shakopee, is sponsoring HF389, a bill that would severely limit the abilities of cities, counties and townships to adopt what are known as "interim ordinances." Goodhue County's current moratorium on silica sand mining is a relevant example of our continued need to be able to enact such ordinances when these unforeseeable circumstances arise. The Shakopee representative's bill has the potential to greatly transform the lives of Goodhue County citizens.
To the Editor: What comes to mind when you hear the word "valentine"? Is it love, chocolate, red roses? What about love notes? There are many legends about Valentine's Day, but the one that stands out to me is about Priest Saint Valentine, who despite the law stating that young men were not allowed to wed in hopes to greaten the Army, secretly married couples. He was caught and taken to jail. The night before he was to be executed he wrote to a girl, signing the card, "From your Valentine." Hence, Valentine cards were created. It may be a myth, but it's not unbelievable.
To the Editor: We're shocked by Gov. Dayton's comments pertaining to Ellen Anderson. It's clear he didn't bother to check up on the people he put in place and ensure they were capable of performing the jobs assigned. Anderson pushed her personal agenda, willingly railroaded over Minnesotans' rights and lives. Goodhue will be destroyed and devastated by her actions June 30, 2011 -- the Public Utilities Commission hearing she granted the permits to the AWA project. Citizens, lawyers, health advisers, sound engineers, Department of Natural Resources, U.S.
To the Editor: Local control. Local safety for citizens. Ellen Anderson ruled not once, but twice, against Goodhue County citizens. On June 30, 2011, Anderson's stated reason for "good cause" not to apply our county ordinance was, "I don't like it." Several times Commissioner Dennis O'Brien stated his belief that Minnesota Law requires more than dislike to discount county ordinance. One specific example from our ordinance is a 1.1 times turbine height set back from existing right of ways. There are two petroleum pipe lines in the AWA Goodhue project foot print.