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To the Editor: Gov. Mark Dayton should stand strong on his budget plan. Supply-side economics is not the answer to our economic woes that many Republicans suggest it is. History has shown us that giving tax breaks to the rich and big businesses has not led to more jobs. (If that idea worked, we should have an abundance of jobs right now; they have received special tax breaks for the past 30 years). To turn the state around, we need to focus on the demand-side of economics. We need, for example, higher wages and more affordable health care.
To the Editor: The long nightmare of unchanging hopelessness is almost over. On Nov. 6, 2012, the American people will arise and resoundingly reject the Destroyers and their bankrupt poison of national debt and confiscation of your property. The Destoyers' duplicitous seizure of unconstitutional authority and executive power will be halted and dumped into the trash can of history. They are led by the Duplicator in Chief who opposed the Iraq campaign but finds no contradiction in taking sides in the Libyan civil war.
To the Editor: Why does John Kline support the Paul Ryan budget that eliminates Medicare and Medicaid? Compared to existing Medicare coverage, what level of coverage can a senior buy with a voucher 10 years from now? Also, why does Ryan look to massive cuts in spending as the only solution to the deficit? In Ryan's "Pathway to Prosperity," you will find a political tool which creates wedge issues for the upcoming 2012 elections.
To the Editor: In response to Chuck Friemel's letter (R-E, May 25): The voting card I.D. bill addresses a non-problem. The Secretary of State's Office, which is in charge of voting regulations, at the request of the Legislature did a study of voting fraud and came up with only 9 instances of actual fraud, in the past election, which involved nine individuals who were felons, voting unlawfully, probably through misunderstanding the law.
To the Editor: The time has come to put into context what is happening at our state Capitol. The current biennium's budget is $32 billion. The proposed Republican budget for the next biennium is $34 billion, which represents all the expected tax revenue in the next biennium. This is a balanced budget that spends no more than what is expected to be collected. The $34 billion also represents the largest budget in the state's history. Why is that not enough for Governor Dayton?
Red Wing City Council President Ralph Rauterkus commands tremendous power, inadvertent and temporary though it may be. He currently is both president and mayor under the City Charter, which means he can set the agenda, cast deciding votes, veto council actions and appoint people to commissions and boards. He wields this power only until citizens elect a new mayor Feb. 8, but does so at a crucial time: key appointments are on the table. Put bluntly, a power play -- and we're not saying he's making one -- could last two to six years.
To the Editor: Dean Hove pays constant attention to his constituents and votes the way we want. Red Wing is levying nearly $2 million less per year than when we first elected Hove in 2002, with corresponding cuts in spending. Hove rejected borrowing against our children's future once again (R-E Oct 16). Hove understands that staying out of debt is the soundest fiscal practice and paying for things with credit will only cost citizens more in the long run. Challenging economic times require competent leadership.
To the Editor: I know known Joe Boles, candidate for Pierce County judge, for a number of years. As soon as I heard of Joe's run for judge, I contacted him to offer my complete support. He did not have to ask of my help. I knew he was a great candidate for the office and it would be my honor to back him. I have always found Joe to be a caring and respectful person. After I receive injuries in an auto accident, I got to know Joe as an attorney with the same qualities. Joe's first question to me was always "How are you?" He made me feel I was the most important part of the case.
To the Editor: The American Red Cross is asking all healthy Type 0 donors to come and donate blood at a special draw from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the United Lutheran Church at Fifth and Dakota streets. Donating blood is one of the greatest gifts that a donor can give. For a patient in need, it can mean a difference between life and death. Marian Gustafson Red Wing Marian Gustafson is the local Bloodmobile coordinator.
To the Editor: My wife and I have been in the banking business most of our working lives. We purchased the Maiden Rock Bank in 1981 and one of the first things we did was hire Bob Loberg as our attorney. Bob was also the village attorney. He became our adviser, not as our lawyer but as our friend. We have known Bob, Spring and their family most of their lives. Bob is not only our lawyer, our adviser, our confidant, but was also a good neighbor.