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To the Editor: Women in the United States compose 52 percent of the voters. That makes it puzzling that they do not compel or insist on laws that are more feminine friendly.
To the Editor: Last week, a bill was introduced in the Legislature that would help more than 26,000 Minnesota adults quit smoking and prevent 35,400 of our kids from becoming addicted adult smokers. The lead author on this bill is Sen. Carla Nelson, a Republican from Rochester. This legislation would increase the tax on cigarettes by $1.29 per pack and also increase the tax on non-cigarette tobacco products. Currently Minnesota's tobacco tax is 27th among all states. This bill will put our tobacco tax at the same amount as Wisconsin. Rep.
To the Editor: On Feb. 13, Ellsworth School Board members were asked if they knew anyone who'd lost their job, was in the process of losing their home or were on a fixed income. None did. It is easy to make decisions that adversely impact other people "when no faces are on it." The School Board is elected at large, to represent the concerns of all the district's people.
To the Editor: This Sunday the Oscars will again use ranked choice voting to determine which movie has the broadest support. I'll be tuned into the Academy Awards on Sunday, as I was last year, when the Academy also used Ranked Choice Voting (a.k.a. instant runoff voting) -- of which I am a big fan -- to elect Best Picture. Academy voters appreciate the value of ranking candidates. The Academy changed to using RCV because plurality voting would theoretically allow a film to take home the Oscar despite being potentially disliked by up to 89 percent of voters.
To the Editor: I just read that the federal government is thinking about drawing oil out of the oil reserves to offset gas prices. Plus the Keystone Pipeline is an issue being addressed regarding gas prices. The part that I don't understand is, we exported more oil in the first 10 months of 2011 than we imported. Oil is the No. 1 exported product of the United States. Maybe we should charge a tariff on exported oil to offset gas prices. There is NO way the general public can be this ignorant and not realize what is going on. It's a money thing.
To the Editor: In a recent story on Minnesota Public Radio, Rich Budinger, regional manager for Wisconsin Industrial Sand, a company that mines frac sand in Maiden Rock, acknowledged that some surface mines will turn what are now scenic bluffs into flat farm fields.
To the Editor: Following the challenging economy and historic job losses that have occurred in recent years, the focus of Wisconsin's legislative majorities this session has been on encouraging job creation and getting people back to work. While significant reforms and initiatives were acted on during two special sessions on jobs, legislative proposals are continuing to be developed and passed with the goal of helping grow our economy. We are seeing positive results from these efforts, as Wisconsin's unemployment rate has dropped to the lowest it has been since December 2008.
To the Editor: While I am relieved that Goodhue County is willing to spend up to $65,000 on a study that will make it easier to defend legal challenges against a new mining ordinance, I am a bit bewildered at our sense of priorities. Obviously, silica sand mining will severely effect property owners adjacent to this new industrial use. But as long as appropriate measures to protect water quality and the environment are taken, people living as close as two miles away will be totally unaffected.
To the Editor: In this era of "truth in packaging" and "transparency in politics," the Democratic and Republican Parties of Minnesota should trade names. Democracy is when all the people vote on the issues. Republicanism is when the people elect representatives to vote on their behalves. We are a republic (reminder: "and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands"). It is the Republican Party that is saying everyone should vote, and so is proposing legislation as constitutional amendments.
To the Editor: If we ask middle-aged African-Americans if the contributions of blacks were highlighted in American history curriculum when they were growing up, we would hear a resounding no. Historically, the important roles that African-Americans played in shaping America as a nation and as a society were left out or minimized. It was because of this gaping hole in our history textbooks that historian Carter G. Woodson began the campaign for the recognition of Negro History Week in 1926. In 1976, this important work was transformed into Black History Month.