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To the Editor: I see state Sen. John Howe is calling for a statewide generic economic impact statement on silica sand mining in southeastern Minnesota during specials. While I am glad to see that Howe is taking notice of an extremely treacherous mining practice, I am concerned that bringing this issue to "special session" places much needed flood relief in peril.
To the Editor: As a young farm girl from flat, south central Minnesota, I did not take many vacations with my family. However, we did take road trips lasting one day. I remember one of those trips, done over 50 years ago, took us to the Red Wing area. My mother had the song "Pretty Red Wing" at the top of her list to play on various keyboard instruments for church groups, nursing home residents, family and friends.
To the Editor: We are in a battle for our identity. Fracking speculators have zeroed in on our area because the scenery we treasure holds what they want -- special sand used in oil and gas extraction. The rich sand deposits left by Mother Nature eons ago along the river extend into the bluffs and valleys covering a significant part of Goodhue County. For over 100 years, the area has striven to become a certain kind of community. We've invested in parks, riverfront and gardens.
To the Editor: In response to Richard W. Johnson's commentary (R-E, July 7 & 8), wow! Tea party are traitors? Guilty of treason? Tea party members do more for our country than anybody. They are about freedom. They try to limit spending. Raising the debt limit is crazy. The United State debt is already at $15 trillion to $16 trillion. That brings us to: How can we pay this back? The taxes collected can't pay for the interest and the government programs. That's not counting the principal. What will Japan or China do if we can't pay? What if they want our national parks?
To the Editor: Wabasha County had the largest spending decrease (reduction in levy) of all counties in Minnesota. Despite those who campaign against Merl Norman and say otherwise, the 2012 Standard & Poors assessment upgraded the county's ratings to AA. Appropriate reserves are in place to protect the county. All of this is a result of strong, consistent and aggressive leadership particularly by Norman and two other commissioners who have remained steadfast in their principles of fiscal responsibility with taxpayer's money. The math is simple, i.e.
To the Editor: At its recent meeting, the Goodhue County Planning Advisory Commission punted regarding the proposed mining ordinance. Despite seeing over 200 residents packed into the room and despite hearing the thoughtful and well-researched concerns from at least 40 of them to -- at the very least -- extend the moratorium, the commission seemed incapable of making a decision and so ... it punted. It decided to table the issue until its next meeting. The reason?
To the Editor: I felt deep disappointment as I listened to Ted Seifert's interview with Roseanne Grosso on her radio show June 28. Seifert revealed that not only has he decided to vote in favor of frac sand mining in Goodhue County, he also supports granting a special-use permit that will allow silica sand mining. His reasoning is that Red Wing needs the mining jobs, that "we can't be too choosy about the industries we allow to do business here" and, when asked, he could not say how many jobs would be created. I believe we can and should be choosy.
To the Editor: We express our sincere thanks to everyone who helped find our son Scott. Words cannot describe the appreciation we have for all of the law enforcement, EMS, fire and rescue, and all of the individuals who searched, donated items, and offered support. We were overwhelmed by the number of people that stopped what they were doing and rushed to our home to help search for our son. There are so many individuals and businesses who were involved in the effort to find Scott that we know we will never be able to thank all of them enough.
To the Editor: The Goodhue County Mining Study Group has completed its work. Through this process many proposed changes have been made to the Mineral Extraction Ordinance. As I write this letter it is four days before the Goodhue County Planning Advisory Commission holds a public hearing to accept comments on the various amendments. This seems reasonable until you realize that the final draft of the proposed changes is not yet available on the Goodhue County website.
To the Editor: In Dunn County 60 jobs were promised at one frac sand mine yet only 16 arrived. And now the hills are going, going, gone. Residents and farmers stand horrified, but nothing can be done. Mining was welcomed and is there to stay. In early May at a 160-acre sand mine near Blair, Wis., a river of wet sand washed more than 2,000 feet downhill onto neighboring properties, including into the first floor of a home and a garage before flowing into a wetland and a creek. In St. Croix County a sand mine holding pond leaked, allowing sand and sludge to flow into the St.