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To the Editor: Whoooosh, whoooosh, aawwkk, splat. What is that sound? If you are lucky enough, you will hear the not-so-rare sound of a giant wind turbine blade colliding with a bald eagle. What have you people on the left done now? You bow down to nature and bald eagles, but now your fool hardy renewable energy mandates are going to murder Red Wing's eagles. Don't you know that your actions have consequences? I was with the wind industry from the start in the 1980s and worked as a R&D technician on the world's largest wind turbines in California's Altamont Pass.
To the Editor: Dancing with the Goodhue County Stars started five years ago as a fundraiser for the American Red Cross. Mary Plein agreed to have students from her Fusion Dance studio partner with individuals from throughout the county to perform a short dance routine. They have just two weeks to practice their routine. Plein, with the help of her daughters, chose the song for each team and put together the routine. The songs usually relate to who the stars are or their occupation.
To the Editor: On Monday, the mandatory alcohol seller/server training and social host ordinances went into effect for the city of Goodhue. The purpose of the alcohol seller/server training ordinance is to require all sellers/servers to complete a responsible beverage service course on an annual basis before serving or selling liquor at local establishments. The ordinance does not apply to 3.2 beer licenses. Mandatory alcohol seller/server training ordinances have been proven to be an effective strategy to reduce minors' access to alcohol and over-service of adults.
To the Editor: The average person on Social Security has an annual income of about $22,000. Exxon Mobil had a net profit over $45 billion in 2008 and after a bad year, only $19 billion in 2009. Reps. John Kline and Michele Bachmann want to take money from Social Security recipients but refuse to ask Exxon or its owners to contribute to debt reduction. Wow! Vote Republican to solve our immigration problems. Within a few years only the rich will want to come to America and our middle class will be headed for Mexico. Gerard Ring Wabasha
To the Editor: As Congress negotiates the budget, college students around the country are concerned that their future is in jeopardy. The "Ryan Budget" passed by the U.S. House included a dramatic cut to the Pell Grant program, which makes it possible for more than 145,000 Minnesota college students to enroll in college and pursue a better life. This budget would drop the maximum Pell Grant award from the current $5,500 to $3,150 per year, making thousands of students now receiving grants entirely ineligible and significantly reducing grant aid for all eligible students.
To the Editor: In the first three months of 2011, ExxonMobil announced nearly $11 billion in profits, Shell $6.9 billion and BP $5.5 billion. In all, the five largest oil companies have reaped nearly $1 trillion in outrageous profits over the last 10 years. We know that oil companies don't need our hard-earned tax dollars, yet Congress gives $4 billion in tax breaks to big oil each year. Because of the sharply divided 5-4 Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court, corporations like ExxonMobil have money to burn and can now spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections.
To the editor: Why are we so "penny wise and pound foolish"? Another way of saying this is: Just because something is cheap or saves a little money in the beginning, if it does not do so in the end it is a wasteful and foolish way to spend your money. There are many examples in the present economy. We have closed our parks to save a little money on salaries, but we lose a huge amount on user fees. We have stopped paying people who collect state fees, but we would make more money than the salaries, if the fees were paid.
To the editor: Mr. Austin's recent letter (R-E, July 13-14) attempting to drag me into the morass that Sen. John Sterling Howe and the Republican Party has created in our state simply is more whining aimed at deflecting the huge property tax increase and severe cuts to nursing homes and education programs that the Republicans just past. Mr. Austin does have one thing right. I did vote, on several occasions, not to exempt 100 percent of veterans' retirement from state tax. What Mr.
To the Editor: Have you seen all the artists painting around Red Wing? Come to the Red Wing Arts Association Gallery in the Depot to see the results of the fifth Plein Air Arts Festival that was held here June 20-25. Over a hundred beautiful paintings done by 36 artists from many parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin are on display at the gallery through August.
To the editor: When does our city attorney represent the interests of the citizens of Red Wing, or is that position narrowly limited to representing the interests of the City Council? When those interests are at odds, which seems to be the case with the current voter initiative, how is that resolved? We have a "city attorney" not a City Council attorney, who is an officer of the "city." Contrast that with Red Wing having a "council administrator." When our citizen-paid city attorney addresses a data request under Minnesota Data Practices law, or citizen inquires under Minnesota Open M