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To the Editor: The Laramie Project - Ten Years Later an Epilogue will be presented this Saturday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m at the Sheldon Theatre. This is a real honor for the Sheldon. The play is based on interviews with Laramie, Wyoming community members ten years after the murder of Matthew Shepard who was brutally attacked, beaten and tied to a fence, then left to die. The point is that this could be anywhere U.S.A. Indeed, it could be Red Wing, Minnesota. The cast and production staff do an incredible job.
To the Editor: On Sept. 30, some Red Wing High School students dressed and behaved in ways that offended some black students. Whether the students intended to offend or not, their actions did offend others. If any good can come out of their behavior, it can be a heightened awareness of the need to consider one's behavior from others' perspectives.
To the Editor: I encourage everyone to attend Saturday's production of "The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later." I attended Monday night's show, and I was moved to tears by the portrayals of actual Laramie, Wyo., residents and the people involved with the murder of Matthew Shepard and the investigation of his death. Julie Martin has done a great job directing this wonderful cast. Laramie, as a city, shares many similarities with Red Wing, and its residents are the same down-to-earth folks we have here.
To the Editor: In regards to Ms. Marshal's reaction to my fantasy terrorist letter (R-E, Sept. 30), the American Legion Hall here in Red Wing and I just recently co-hosted a party to celebrate the safe return of my child, Jonathon, from deployment. He is a sergeant in the Marine Corps and is only 21 years old. Our family and his friends joined us to honor him. Nowhere in my tongue-in-cheek letter did I disrespect our military hero's, the Terrorist Task Force in New York or anywhere else. Ms. Marshall, you proved my point. Teresa Maples Red Wing
To the Editor: What's really heinous about "Wangsta Day" is that school officials have known about this practice for two years. Why is the community so shocked when the only sanction for the offenders is to change their clothes to conform with dress code? Christi Bystedt Red Wing
To the Editor: I hope that those who participated in the "Wigger Wednesday" dress up are happy with what they have done. Whatever their intentions were, the message they sent was not pleasant. Now my fellow classmates and I who did not choose to participate in this act are going to be labeled as "racist" by those in our community and the surrounding area. Congratulations for tainting the good names of all the people at Red Wing High School who try to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Julia Simonson Red Wing
To the Editor: Kudos to Dick Diercks' letter "Thoughts on city issues" in the Oct. 7 edition of the Republican Eagle. I totally agree with his views. With the Port Authority reporting it is currently $1.2 million in the red, has any thought been given to revisiting the Falconer Vineyard offer to purchase the Central Research property. Perhaps that could solve $1 million of this problem. Or will this be something the tax payers will be asked to resolve? A joint meeting with the City Council and the Port Authority Board to discuss this and other issues is scheduled for 5 p.m. Oct.
To the Editor: School kids throughout Greater Minnesota are doing homework again. We're doing our homework at the Center for Rural Policy and Development, too. Providing Minnesota lawmakers with sound, research-driven education policy recommendations is a key mission of the center.
To the Editor: We recently accompanied the Red Wing Area Seniors on a bus trip to Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard, the home of the Kennedy clan. While flags were flying at half staff and loyal Democrats were extolling his virtues, our tour guide from Kennedy country gave us a review on the real Ted Kennedy, who those of us with vivid memories of 30 years ago remembered. Kennedy left a party on Chappaquiddick Island with a girl in his car to return to the mainland. He was drunk, missed the main road and took a back road used by ATVs.
To the Editor: Congratulations to Mr. Howe. It appears he is not a great believer in the weak mayor system of government. Way to go, John. Also, could the Port Authority have avoided financial difficulties by dealing honestly with the Falconers on the vineyard proposal? Dick Diercks Red Wing