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To the Editor: Cinco de Mayo marks the anniversary of a Mexican battle against occupying French forces that took place in 1862 in the state of Puebla. The military victory is celebrated in Mexico and also across the United States. While May 5 is not Mexican Independence Day, it is nevertheless an important date that celebrates Mexican heritage and pride. In the United States, the date represents a victory of freedom over tyranny. Please join the Red Wing Latino community and the members and supporters of the Hispanic Outreach Program of Goodhue County at Holy Family Hall St.
To the Editor: In Wisconsin, frac sand mining has transformed from a garter snake into a viper that now threatens to slither into Goodhue County. A one-year moratorium is allowing the county some time to formulate a containment plan, but because of an oversight in the moratorium, we may soon see a new mass of trucks sliding in to off-load the highly debated sand onto barges at a city of Red Wing bulkhead.
To the Editor: After two years of grief, heartache and humiliation, it came to an end Wednesday when the jury found Suzanne Walstrom "not guilty" of all five counts held against her. A big thank you goes out to the jury for seeking justice once the truth was heard. They listened with attentive ears and eyes. Hearing testimony, one could understand this was a trumped up against an innocent person -- setting her up so that the investigators and officers at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing believed these accusers rather than one of their own.
To the Editor: I attended a funeral Friday and participated in the procession from the church to Oakwood Cemetery. A Red Wing police car led the way, followed the hearse, pallbearers and mourners. Everyone had their headlights on. I was so disgusted that at least 40 people disregarded the procession and cut in between cars, wouldn't let us go through the stop sign, etc. These drivers showed no respect for the dead. Anna Donaldson Nance Red Wing
To the Editor: We had an election and Gov. Scott Walker was elected to balance our budget, straighten out our schools and lower our taxes. He did those things, but now the Democrats and unions want to kick him out. Was it unfair for union members to pay a little of their insurance and pensions? If it is so bad, quit your job and 100 people will line up to get it. Remember that I worked for myself and paid all my own insurance and retirement plan. I did not get to retire at 55. I retired at 83. Another thing the Dem's don't like is voter ID.
To the Editor: Gov. Mark Dayton is "too busy" to address state policy destroying Minnesotans' health. "We don't have a noise standard that's designed to work for turbines," said Commissioner Paul Aasen, Dayton appointee to Minnesota's Pollution Control Agency.
To the Editor: As a member of several environmental organizations I am outraged that the world's most powerful foreign-owned mining corporations, including Anglo America and Rio Tinto, are planning to dig one of the world's largest open-pit mines in the heart of the watershed that feeds Alaska's incomparable Bristol Bay wilderness. Foreign mining giants intend to excavate Pebble Mine, a colossal 2,000-foot-deep open-pit gold and copper mine stretching over two miles long at the headwaters of our planet's greatest wild salmon river systems, the Kvichak and the Nushagak.
To the Editor: Our son, Tom Starr, was killed in a car accident Jan. 4 near Hay Creek along with passenger Liz Miller. The accident made news on all the area TV stations and newspapers. One of your photographers took a photo that appeared on the front page of your newspaper the following Saturday. The gentleman who owned the property where the car landed was kind enough to visit with us at Tom's visitation and left us an open invitation to visit with him, at any time, if we wished to hear about the events of that evening.
To the Editor: Winston Kaehler's letter (R-E, April 17) regarding the sand mines and the potential for environmental disaster when using the process called fracking stated that 80 percent of the oil market was pushed by speculators. While I agree with Mr. Kaehler regarding the need for the public to get educated as to the detrimental side effects of fracking, his statement regarding the oil markets was slightly off the mark. Forbes magazine, a bastion of conservatism, admits that a portion of the oil market is in fact pushed by the speculators and big oil companies.
To the Editor: Virtually everyone likes to complain about wasteful taxes, me included. Honestly, I have no idea how much of my property taxes are directed to support the Red Wing Public Library. But as a tax payer-customer, they are a service that delivers full value to our community. The atmosphere is open and welcoming. The patrons are civil and respectful of the needs of others, whether young or old. The entire staff is eager to assist with any book request no matter how obscure.