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To the Editor: It would appear I've ruffled some feathers and opened a can of worms with my recent letter (R-E, May 23). For the record, my name is John Litsenberger, not Listenberger. I'm sorry Ms. Meyer views my presence on the Goodhue County Mining Study Committee as a conflict of interest (R-E, June 13). Since our duty as a committee, is strictly advisory and we are not a rule-making entity, I don't quite make that connection.
To the Editor: The ongoing dissension over the form of government Wabasha County will move to reads better than the Abbott and Costello comedy routine "Who's on First." Let me try to summarize the situation. The county attorney, whose job description states he is to serve the board of commissioners with legal counsel, is instead opposing them concerning what form of government Wabasha County should have. Not fulfilling his job requirements to the board causes commissioners to spend their time defending their decision.
To the editor: On July 22, 2011, Rep. Hansen Clarke, D-Michigan, submitted House resolution 365 stating Congress should "cut the United States' true debt burden by reducing home mortgage balances, forgiving student loans, and bringing down overall personal debt." The Community Reinvestment Act of 1995 pushed banks to lend money to low-income people who would, in many cases, have a slim chance of repaying the loans. Lenders originated home loans and quickly resold them to investors in the form of securities on the secondary market, namely Wall Street.
To the Editor: For over 200 years we lived in a land of religious freedom. Then a bunch of jealous atheists decided we had it too good with religion and they decided to go God hunting. They organized terror organization called the Civil Liberties Union, which with the sanction of the federal government can scare anybody into bowing down to them or be sued. They took away our Christmas carols, Nativity displays, prayer in public or anything to do with God.
To the Editor: John Listenberger recently commented on Rob Meyer's letter about silica sand in an attempt to dispel the truth that silica is hazardous (R-E, May 23). First, I think it's important to note that Mr. Listenberger is a retired engineer for the mining industry making his allegiances to the industry obvious. What's disturbing is that he also sits on the Goodhue County's Mining Study Committee, an obvious conflict of interest, and is likely making the same proclamations to county commissioners that all is well and safe and good with silica.
To the Editor: As a constituent of House District 21B, I give Rep. Drazkowski a D. He would have received an F had it not been for the few bones he threw to the average folk in his district. He mentions ameliorating LGA funding cuts for smaller municipalities (R-E, May 26). Somewhat ironic, since he and his "Independent" Republican colleagues would like to see it done away with altogether. He references passage of the environmental permitting process. Gov. Mark Dayton supported this and was willing to compromise.
To the Editor: I read the article about polluting, "Farmers pollute too much, cities say" (R-E, May 30). I agree some do, but some have spent their lives doing conservation. Our family belongs to the Wells Creek Watershed group, which is interested in conservation. Our family has planted 25,000 trees, uses contour strips, built five dams and made buffer strips. The Goodhue County Soil & Water District designated the Gerald Burfeind family outstanding farmer of the year in about a decade ago. Many farmers are also doing the same. Mary Ann (Gerald) Burfeind Lake City
To the Editor: On May 24, in Salon magazine, Glenn Greenwald quoted Mohamed Maher who was standing in line to vote. It is the first time in over a generation any Egyptian citizen could truly vote for president. "It is enough that the new president will know he could go to jail if he did something wrong," Maher said. Mr.
To the Editor: I don't know when or where I've read a more touching article (R-E, June 2) than Chris Harrell's "An Uncommon Bond" - the story of Jack Strusz and his friend Hatte. The picture is priceless. In these days when we are besieged with stories of bullying and its tragic consequences, here's a shining example of hope. We can all learn from Jack and Hatte. Kudos to the R-E for printing this heartwarming story; hopefully it reaches far beyond our community. Judy Will Red Wing
To the Editor: In 1787, a group of angry farmers in Massachusetts rebelled against oppressive taxes, credit regulations, and foreclosure laws that put many into debt, foreclosure, and jail. They closed the courts and freed many debtors and protestors from jail. John Adams, the president at the time, created the Riot Act which outlawed illegal assemblies. The rebellion was suppressed by military force and caused some leaders in the new nation to push for a stronger central government.