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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.
To the Editor: One week prior to the state convention May 18-19, national news announced Texan Ron Paul had dropped from the GOP race for president. They had no legitimate reason to say this. This was after Fox to ABC, NBC, etc. had for months did everything to make it look like Paul did not exist or to ridicule him during the debates or when he was occasionally mentioned. And with no statistical evidence they constantly refer to Mint Romney as "the presumptive candidate." Needless to say, Paul delegates and alternates were skeptical and on guard when we entered the St.
To the Editor: Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer is a professor of peace and justice at St. Thomas University in St. Paul. With a lifetime commitment to these issues, he is now promoting a resolution called MN ASAP or Minnesota Arms Spending Alternatives Project. This has an emphasis to shift federal and state funding priorities from violence and war and the interests of the few to meeting the essential needs of everyone.
To the Editor: Each day, six days a week, letter carriers traverse 4 million miles carrying an average of 563 pieces of mail, reaching to our very doorsteps in every single community in America. They ride snowmobiles to reach iced-in villages, fly bush planes into outback wilderness areas that have no roads and run mail boats out to remote islands in places like Maine and Washington state. Everyone in America depends on the postal service. All that for 45 cents.
Our local Evangelical Lutheran Church in America synod, Southeast Minnesota, voted this month to oppose the marriage amendment that will be on the ballot Nov. 6. I live in Wisconsin but I'm serving as a clergy person in Red Wing and I agree wholeheartedly with this decision. We in the ELCA have long struggled with the question of the full inclusion of sexual minorities and we've agreed to disagree even as we welcome, care for, and support them and work to advocate for their legal protection.