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To the Editor: Soon the voters of Senate District 21 will select various government representatives and leaders, including their state senator for the next four years. As a retired educator, with 35 years as a teacher, high school principal, and district superintendent, I believe that no one should "automatically" reject or vote for any candidate for political office due to a particular organization's endorsement of that candidate.
To the Editor: Growing up in Red Wing, I was proud to have a diverse group of friends and family around me. We looked out for each other and, for the most part, treated each other with respect. I regularly read the Republican Eagle online, have seen folks from my hometown in the news and on the radio, and the marriage amendment has been front and center. The biggest argument I have seen has come from religion. The problem is not only the idea of separation of church and state, but also not all religions hold the same views.
To the Editor: I was at a ministers' meeting that kept coming back to our concerns about Minnesota's proposed "marriage amendment" that would codify an "Adam and Eve" model as the only legal marriage. As I've thought about my own approach to the "undecided," the following list of "thought experiments" came to mind. It was my smarter, older brother Albert Einstein who pioneered "thought experiments" to open up new ways of thinking about physics and cosmology. Perhaps they could also be useful in ethics and politics. Experiment No.
To the Editor: "We the people in order to form a more perfect union ... insure domestic tranquility ... secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity... ." What elegant language to show us what a constitution should be. Too bad our state legislators want to clutter up our Minnesota Constitution with amendments to limit the "blessings of liberty" to all of us. It seems they were more concerned with not being on the record as voting either way on these issues than they were with doing their jobs and legislating. Could the election have anything to do with that?
To the Editor: The Red Wing School Board is an active committee engaged in setting local educational polices for the schools, determining curriculum, and authorizing operating and capital expenditures within an adopted budget. All of us in the community are affected by decisions made by the board whether you have children in the district or pay local taxes. It is important to have board members who are effective during their years of service and have the ability to be an effective communicator, consensus builder, leader, community participant, decision maker and a team player.
To the Editor: To anyone still planning to vote "yes" on either or both of the proposed amendments to the Minnesota Constitution, please reconsider. The process itself is neither fair nor particularly American. I don't believe it represents the way we want to govern ourselves. Think of all the other issues, besides these two, on which there is no broad consensus, on which the numbers on either side are more or less equal. Would you like them all settled in favor of whichever side musters a mere plurality of voters?
To The Editor: Without the help of Paul Drotos, Red Wing would not have two thriving community gardens. As a member of the community garden start-up committee, I worked alongside Paul in his role as a volunteer liaison to the city. Paul dedicated his time and energy to improving our community by scouting out potential garden plots, participating in all garden planning and working with community members to dig dirt and implement the gardens. Paul is dedicated to the goals of people.
To the Editor: Since 2005 it has been my pleasure to know Matt Schmit through our work together at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Matt's strong work ethic, humble demeanor and familiarity with a broad array of policy made him an invaluable addition to our team.
To the Editor: I have a great appreciation for Sen. John Howe, his involvement and support regarding our counties, townships, frac sand issues and promoting a statewide GEIS. He has an ability to listen, learn, and take action. He is always present where he needs to be, in spite of a hectic schedule. I know firsthand, he truly cares about our health, safety and welfare. Thank you! Jody McIlrath Frontenac
To the Editor: Ted Seifert is not the county commissioner we want. He has danced around the frac sand mining issue, waiting for the election to pass so he doesn't have to answer to the people. He's a good politician, but he's not a good representative. The frac sand choice is pretty straightforward. Do we allow the oil companies to run over us like they have in Wisconsin or do we stand up for what is ours? Seifert's challenger, Paul Drotos, has made it clear he will protect the citizens, while safeguarding the God-given natural resources of this area.