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To the Editor: I have serious reservations when elected representatives abdicate their roles when they argue to put an "issue to the people ... and to let the democratic process work" (Rep. Tim Kelly, R-E, May 21). Edmund Burke (1729-1797) said, "Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if be sacrifices it to your opinion." I expect two things of elected officials. First, they should study and research the issues that I don't always have time to do.
To the Editor: Norm Coleman should accept the court's decision and concede the U.S. Senate race to Al Franken. A recent poll showed that almost two-thirds of Minnesota voters feel that Norm Coleman should accept that he has lost the race. I stand with the majority of Minnesota and say it is time to send Al Franken to Washington, D.C. This process has been delayed far too long simply because the Republican Party has been trying to keep Franken's vote out of the Senate. In these tough economic times, Minnesota needs full representation.
To the Editor: After the recent legislative session it was great to watch an act of kindness that only cost a bit of time and had nothing to do with balanced budgets, stalemates, line item vetoes or politics as usual. How refreshing. Saturday morning we watched the valiant efforts of three young adults shepherding a mother mallard and her brood across busy Highway 61 from Cedar Street to the Mississippi River. It was no small effort as the young woman carried the babes in a big blue plastic container while mother duck followed. Two guys gently encouraged her on.
To the Editor: News that Vice President Biden has threatened withdrawal of U.S. support for Lebanon, if the coming election is won by Hesbollah, brings back bad memories of our response to the electoral victory of Hamas over Al Fatah in Palestine and repeated U.S.attempts to control elections in Latin American countries. United States foreign policy that puts our presumed national interest ahead of our democratic constitutional principles has a long bipartisan history.
To the Editor: Thanks to Governor Pawlenty, many state programs were saved from extinction. California has given us all a chance to witness the carnage caused by high taxes complicated by a severe recession. The lesson to learn here is that raising taxes doesn't always mean an increase in revenue and often will decrease revenue. Pawlenty and the House Republicans recognized this fact, and Minnesotans owe them our appreciation. John Adams Mazeppa John Adams is a Mazeppa Township supervisor.
To the Editor: With summer almost here, I want to be sure my family can enjoy the outdoors safely. A great tool for that is the new Check My Lake Web site. Going to www.checkmylake.org is the best way to tell which of Minnesota's 10,000-plus lakes are family-friendly for swimming and eating fish. All you have to do is type in the name of a favorite Minnesota lake or type in a county name and choose from among a list to find out whether lakes have been tested and what the results show.
To the Editor: Are you concerned about children's health problems? Do you want to do something about it? Kids need to get more active. First of all, many kids are obese. Studies have shown a dramatic rise in the number of obese children in the last few decades. Being obese increases a child's risk for some serious childhood medical problems. In the years 2003-04, 17.1 percent of kids ages 2-19 were overweight. Over 12 and a half million kids are overweight. In addition, it is harder for non-fit kids to get through their daily routine.
To the Editor: Civil rights shouldn't be confirmed or denied by popular vote.
To the Editor: Many years ago Xcel Energy nuclear power facility was welcomed to Red Wing. Since their arrival, Xcel Energy has enjoyed the unequivocal support of its citizens bound by a long-term agreement that financially compensated our community while providing Xcel Energy with much needed community support. Yet in recent years, Xcel Energy has decided that they will unilaterally change the terms of their arrangement with their good friends, the citizens of Red Wing.
To the Editor: This is in regard to Tuesday's letter to the editor concerning the Humane Society of Goodhue County. I would like to state that we are a small private non-profit organization serving our local communities and are in no way connected to HSUS or Fund for Animals. We do not receive funds from them nor do we give any. All of the monies we receive go directly and totally to our shelter and the animals in our care.