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To the Editor: We were extremely disappointed that our Republican Eagle chose to publish the demeaning and negative cartoon of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (R-E, Aug. 28). For all his legislative accomplishments, and a true champion of justice, fairness, and compassion, it is offensive that a positive image was not selected. Mr. Kennedy dedicated 47 years to public service. He was not in search of fortune, fame or power, only attempting to change the lives of those without voice. His powerful voice will be missed. David and Kathie Asp Red Wing
To the Editor: I thank and congratulate the Republican Eagle for its editorial (R-E, Aug. 28) concerning the Red Wing City Council's action Aug. 24. In this current period of tight budgets, increased property taxes, etc., council members demonstrated a lack of fiscal responsibility toward those who elected them and a lack of responsive cooperation with Mayor John Howe. The editorial again demonstrates the need for a daily newspaper's overview of the actions by our elected public officials. Lew Fiero Red Wing
To the Editor: The time has come to reframe the focus of health care from that of affordability and availability based on individual status to that of being a fundamental right by virtue of being a citizen of this nation. The right of basic medical care should take its place among the other rights enjoyed by all citizens. Our right to vote, our right to police and fire protection, our right to a public education, are all provided without regard to income or social status. These rights did not come easily.
To the Editor: Let's not be disingenuous about the health care crisis in the United States. We have 47 million uninsured and no one knows how many underinsured, who could be instantly dropped by their insurers when they most need care. There are people all over this country who work hard at their jobs until they get sick, lose their health insurance, and suddenly face not only major illness but the financial stress of debt they can't possibly pay. Certainly we have neighbors in our communities living out this desperate scenario at this moment.
To the Editor: Greetings. This last weekend I hosted our second annual Classic Glastron Meet in Red Wing at the Island Campground and Marina. I'm aware that some photos were published in your paper (R-E, Aug. 25). We will be coming back to Red Wing next year, and we very much enjoyed the hospitality that your city and people offered us. Brian Bergstrom North St. Paul Brian Bergstrom is administrator for the Classic Glastron Owners Association's Minnesota and Wisconsin Chapter.
To the Editor: It is 10 p.m. on a cool Saturday evening just right for having the windows open to sleep. But no. We have to keep them closed due to a band playing across the river. No, we do not live down town. We live by the Red Wing Golf Course up on the hill. Is there anything the citizens of Red Wing can do to decrease the noise? We don't have to go there to hear the bands outdoors, all we have to do is sit in our back yards or have our windows open.
To the Editor: There is something disturbingly hypocritical about the Fargo/Moorhead Forum, which owns the Republican Eagle, preaching about Americans' failure to maintain interest in news about the continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -- to which we must now add, Pakistan -- while dismantling the R-E, a respected daily newspaper with a long history of awards for good journalism as well as photography, into a twice-weekly spread of local gossip and advertising. I am not consoled by knowing the print media everywhere, once called The Fourth Estate for their respected function of keeping
To the Editor: Red Wing Izaak Walton Conservation Club is proud to announce the success of our first Senior and Disabled Fishing Contest at Levee Park.
To the Editor: I heard on the national news that many people feel the government is picking on the wealthy, wanting to raise their taxes to help pay for health care. The Republicans are constantly trying to spread the fear that if the wealthy are taxed more, no matter how small, that hundreds if not thousands of jobs will be lost. It's just not true. It was true that back in the 1800s and early 1900s the wealthy were the job creators -- think Ford, Carnegie, DuPont, Duke.
To the Editor: When Minnesotans think of logging in our state, images of Paul Bunyan, Babe the Blue Ox and other tall tales of Minnesota lumberjack folklore come to mind. While Minnesota does indeed have a rich and colorful logging past, the industry today is still a very vital part of our economy. Commercial lumbering began in Minnesota in 1839, when businessmen from New England began setting up camps here to log our abundant supply of white pine.