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To the Editor: Wabasha County commissioners voted 3-2 Dec. 15 to abolish the position of county administrator. Ostensibly, the vote was the result of "strategic planning" to identify cost savings. Personally, I don't think the action passes the "smell" test. According to conversations I've had with others close to this issue, the position is being eliminated because Dave Johnson is not the "yes man" the board is looking for. I would have had more respect if commissioner would have come out and said words to that effect.
To the Editor: The Wabasha County saga continues to the chagrin and embarrassment of residents. Once we get past the mob rule and vigilante mentality that exists at the commissioner meetings, there are some obvious scenarios that don't make any sense. First, Tom Dwelle is representing some county employees that have work-related grievances. One is Sheriff Rod Bartsh. Why don't they seek professional counsel versus having an ex-commissioner represent them? Second, Administrator Dave Johnson is attempting to keep his job. With all the animosity, ill will and public humiliation, why?
To the Editor: There is so much discussion in our world regarding entitlement -- a generation of those who consider their lot to be entitlement. "Dr. Phil" recently discussed two families: a young man in one, a young woman in another.
To the Editor: For 230 years this country has survived and occasionally prospered, under the Constitution. The smooth and effective function of the Constitution requires faithful adherence of those governing this country to follow it. Although the Republicans have a majority in the House, the Democrats prevailed in the Senate and the presidency. Rather than accept the customary role of the "loyal opposition," Republican leaders have stated their principal goal is not only to see that the president isn't re-elected, but to seek his early removal from office.
To the Editor: It sure is nice spending other people's money for what you and your special interest group want. As a Belle Creek Township taxpayer, I don't go to work every day and live paycheck to paycheck so the township can spend my tax money on some birds. I want my money back. If this is what the township is going to use my money for, then send me a check.
To the Editor: As everyone is thinking about the upcoming holidays, the 2012 Senior Graduation Party Planning Committee is thinking about June 1, 2012. This party has been a staple of the Red Wing graduating class since 1983, when high school parents hosted an all-night party for graduating seniors following the graduating ceremony. The party is organized by parent volunteers every year and costs approximately $20,000 per event.
To the Editor: I thank the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office for the Citizen's Sheriff's Academy and ride-along program. I attended the Citizens Sheriff's Academy in 2008, and I finally took advantage of my ride with a deputy Friday Nov. 4. The sheriff's academy is similar to the police academy but is countywide in scope and includes a tour of the jail, etc. A wonderful opportunity to learn about our sheriff's department plus get a comprehend side tour of our Law Enforcement Center!
To the Editor: We have heard a lot in the press about how counties and cities are going to be forced to raise property taxes due to the elimination of the Homestead Credit. What we haven't heard enough about is why our Homestead Credit is gone for good. Unfortunately, it is going away because our Rep. Tim Kelly voted to eliminate it. That's right, Kelly followed his party leaders and voted to eliminate direct property tax relief for us as a way to balance the state books.
To the Editor: My father used to say, "You can't believe anything you hear and only half of what you see." His message was I should use caution when forming an opinion; I should seek out the truth. With the fiasco in Wabasha County, opinions (hearsay to me) abound but facts are hard to find.
To the Editor: Like you, I received my proposed property tax statement for 2012 this past week. My family's projected property taxes increased 9.5 percent. An increase during this economic climate can be a substantial burden. Several weeks ago the Wabasha County Board passed a 0 percent levy increase. So how is it my taxes are projected to increase nearly 10 percent? Several factors impact taxes. Townships, school districts and cities levy against your property. Also, the Legislature changed how counties will be subsidized.