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To the Editor: As president of the American Legion Auxiliary, I want to thank everyone that was involved with the fundraiser to support our troops that took place during the week of Veterans Day. However, let's not just remember our troops at Christmas time. The American Legion Post 54 here in Red Wing is dedicated in supporting our military troops all year long. One way we do this is by sending care packages 12 months of the year. We also could use donations to help us make sure we can continue doing this.
To the Editor: Who are the Wabasha Citizens for Progress? I have yet to see any names associated with this group that is backing Commissioner Deb Roschen. To date I have seen fliers, emails and mass mailings, all sent by the group with no individual names attached. I see why citizens have chosen to remain anonymous: It's because they have launched a counterattack against the petition to recall Roschen by leaving propaganda in doors, sending out nasty unsigned emails, attacking the county sheriff and using the U.S. mail to deliver letters preying on people's fears.
To the Editor: The date was Nov. 26, 1789, the first national day of thanksgiving, proclaimed by President George Washington to be "observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God." Fast forward about 225 years, and what does Thanksgiving look like today? It used to be that big-box retailers were all closed Thanksgiving Day and simply re-opened at the usual time Friday morning. Employees of these stores could spend the entire day off with their family, and all of us had a little more time to focus on people instead of purchases.
To the Editor: On Nov. 15, the Goodhue County Board took a stand for a cleaner Cannon River: Commissioners voted to revoke the conditional-use permit for Hidden Valley Campground in Welch. For over a decade the campground has been cited for having inadequate sewage treatment among other issues and has been polluting the Cannon River.
To the Editor: I am very disappointed with the outcome of the Goodhue County Attorney Steve Betcher's request to re-file an appeal of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission's decisions that resulted in a site permit for the AWA Goodhue Wind project. The key issue is local control and the ability to have our more stringent wind ordinance. The MPUC did not support the 10 rotor-diameter setback as it is allowing AWA Goodhue to site turbines as close at 6 rotor-diameters with no substantive research, studies, and information to back this up.
To the Editor: I recently read an article on big banks reporting they are going to lose "hundreds of millions of dollars" on the new credit card fee restructuring. Back in the 1970s I was a union steward at a company. The company stated there was no way any raises could be given at contract meetings because the company lost "$3 million" the previous year. After researching the statement, I realized the company had projected a $10 million profit, but they only made a $7 million profit, so they said the lost $3 million.
To the Editor: In these hard economic times, this is an opportunity for people who may need assistance to get back on their feet. Have you lost your home to foreclosure or eviction? Are you "doubled up" and living with friends or relatives? If you are homeless or facing homelessness, please stop by to receive a hot meal and to connect with a variety of services in one location. Resources include shelter, food, clothing, medical and legal assistance, transportation and more.
Like many people who live within the proposed AWA Goodhue Wind footprint, I had hoped that the Public Utilities Commission would reconsider their decision to ignore the local Goodhue County wind turbine ordinance.
To the Editor: I am disappointed by the letter released Wednesday by a number of state legislators from Minnesota and Wisconsin opposing a new St. Croix River Crossing. It is important to note that most of those Wisconsin legislators signing the letter represent districts hundreds of miles from western Wisconsin. Those of us that have long supported a new bridge have worked to build support with stakeholders and elected officials at all levels of government and from both parties. I commend the bipartisan effort of our two states' Congressional delegations being led by U.S. Sen.
To the Editor: Wabasha County citizens elected Deb Roschen to carry out the duties of commissioner in accordance to MN. Stat. 373.01-373.51 (2010). The statutes state no commissioner can act independently of the County Board and have no special powers and can't independently direct employees, department heads, administrator or other elected official. Roschen has repeatedly violated this oath, so the Wabasha County Citizens for Responsible Government is exercising the right to initiated a recall petition.