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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.
To the Editor: I feel Peggy Rehder has flip-flopped on her opinion on safety and sidewalks. She would have voted yes for sidewalks on Eunice and Hallquist and yes on the use of the sidewalks for the snowmobilers out by Motel Avenue to Burnside Cemetery. After the path is used for snowmobiling, it is hard packed and icy. Where are the kids that walk to Burnside School supposed to walk? How does she come up with her reasoning on these safety issues? Robert Oglesby Red Wing
To the Editor: Although John Litsenberger's letter (R-E April 4) in reply to mine (R-E March 28) made some valid points, others call for clarification. The ostrich with its head in the sand referred not to county government but to the public at large, who generally seem not to realize the vast scale and number of proposed frac sand mines and their potential for negative impacts.
To the Editor: Every day the threat of frac sand mining in Goodhue County grows despite citizen outcry for banishment. Recently I passed a new mine in Wisconsin. It sits across the street from several homes. Look out your window. Imagine your neighbor is a crater the size of six football fields. Imagine that crater as a 24-hour-a-day industrial operation. That's what I saw.
To the Editor: For the past four months I have been actively training as a sexual assault advocate and interning for SARA -- Sexual Assault Resource Agency. Throughout my training and interning, I have gained a great amount of knowledge in the area of sexual assault. The more knowledgeable that I become in this area, the more aware I become of how important an agency like SARA is. I believe that if it were not for SARA there would be no awareness and preventing of sexual assault in our area, along with no outreach into our communities.