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To the Editor: Congressman John Kline has written (R-E, Aug. 17) that "Only a Balanced Budget Amendment can cut up the federal government's credit cards and force Washington to live within its means.." Does he not remember that he is "Washington"? Republicans are amazing in their inability to recall how much of the current crisis is due to at least as much to Republicans as to Democrats.
To the Editor: I want to congratulate Peter von Haaren on his Golden Quill Award and support his contention that people should "learn about the subject" of silica mining. In that I am critical about the essence of his letter, I should point out that Peter and I are friends and I nominated his family for an award through Special Olympics that they are soon to receive. Although, we have had a number of public meetings on the subject of silica mining in the area, I don't believe Peter attended any of them.
To the Editor: Being a golfer I was surprised by the Red Wing's intentions to sell the city-owned municipal golf course. From what has been reported, due to budget constraints and the high cost of maintaining the course and it would be in the best interest of the city to sell the course. In their efforts at cost-cutting and balancing of the city's budget, the council and staff have released a figure of $200,000 as a cost savings per year to taxpayers if MNGL is sold. Where do they get these numbers? How valid are they? The $200,000 figure is not valid, I discovered.
To the Editor: Whoooosh, whoooosh, aawwkk, splat. What is that sound? If you are lucky enough, you will hear the not-so-rare sound of a giant wind turbine blade colliding with a bald eagle. What have you people on the left done now? You bow down to nature and bald eagles, but now your fool hardy renewable energy mandates are going to murder Red Wing's eagles. Don't you know that your actions have consequences? I was with the wind industry from the start in the 1980s and worked as a R&D technician on the world's largest wind turbines in California's Altamont Pass.
To the Editor: Dancing with the Goodhue County Stars started five years ago as a fundraiser for the American Red Cross. Mary Plein agreed to have students from her Fusion Dance studio partner with individuals from throughout the county to perform a short dance routine. They have just two weeks to practice their routine. Plein, with the help of her daughters, chose the song for each team and put together the routine. The songs usually relate to who the stars are or their occupation.
To the Editor: On Monday, the mandatory alcohol seller/server training and social host ordinances went into effect for the city of Goodhue. The purpose of the alcohol seller/server training ordinance is to require all sellers/servers to complete a responsible beverage service course on an annual basis before serving or selling liquor at local establishments. The ordinance does not apply to 3.2 beer licenses. Mandatory alcohol seller/server training ordinances have been proven to be an effective strategy to reduce minors' access to alcohol and over-service of adults.
To the Editor: The average person on Social Security has an annual income of about $22,000. Exxon Mobil had a net profit over $45 billion in 2008 and after a bad year, only $19 billion in 2009. Reps. John Kline and Michele Bachmann want to take money from Social Security recipients but refuse to ask Exxon or its owners to contribute to debt reduction. Wow! Vote Republican to solve our immigration problems. Within a few years only the rich will want to come to America and our middle class will be headed for Mexico. Gerard Ring Wabasha
To the Editor: As Congress negotiates the budget, college students around the country are concerned that their future is in jeopardy. The "Ryan Budget" passed by the U.S. House included a dramatic cut to the Pell Grant program, which makes it possible for more than 145,000 Minnesota college students to enroll in college and pursue a better life. This budget would drop the maximum Pell Grant award from the current $5,500 to $3,150 per year, making thousands of students now receiving grants entirely ineligible and significantly reducing grant aid for all eligible students.
To the Editor: In the first three months of 2011, ExxonMobil announced nearly $11 billion in profits, Shell $6.9 billion and BP $5.5 billion. In all, the five largest oil companies have reaped nearly $1 trillion in outrageous profits over the last 10 years. We know that oil companies don't need our hard-earned tax dollars, yet Congress gives $4 billion in tax breaks to big oil each year. Because of the sharply divided 5-4 Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court, corporations like ExxonMobil have money to burn and can now spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections.
To the editor: Why are we so "penny wise and pound foolish"? Another way of saying this is: Just because something is cheap or saves a little money in the beginning, if it does not do so in the end it is a wasteful and foolish way to spend your money. There are many examples in the present economy. We have closed our parks to save a little money on salaries, but we lose a huge amount on user fees. We have stopped paying people who collect state fees, but we would make more money than the salaries, if the fees were paid.