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To the Editor: If you are still paying attention, hardly a week goes by when you don't hear of another NATO/U.S. bombing where friendly soldiers or civilians are killed. The usual response is that an internal investigation will be conducted, but you never again hear of the incident as if it doesn't matter. Last weekend, 24 Pakistani soldiers on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border were killed by NATO/US bombs and, of course, the same response from the U.S. means another investigation. The Pakistanis are so upset they have closed routes to resupply U.S. troops in Afghanistan. U.S.
To the Editor: Citizens of Wabasha County, are you ready to give up your right to free elections? The outside counsel told the commissioners what steps they must take to make the jobs of county sheriff, attorney, etc. appointed instead of elected. Consider for a moment the recent problems between three Wabasha County commissioners and the county administrator, attorney and sheriff. Isn't it ironic that they found a way to deal with those who speak up against them.
To the Editor: Wind energy is no miracle cure to global warming or foreign oil. Wind technology comes with its own risks and benefits. Goodhue County's 10-rotor setback is a common-sense standard that will help protect neighboring property values and prevent the worst problems from wind development. We worked hard to achieve this limited measure of protection. The work to ensure our local ordinance is not ignored is an ongoing legal battle. Goodhue County's failure to appeal the PUC's decision not to enforce the setback risks property values and even our health.
To the Editor: I am very good friends with Jessica Wagner. Her trailer burnt to the ground Saturday Nov. 19. She lost everything and, sadly, had no home owners insurance. But thankfully from the kindness of others she is slowly getting needed items. I went into Target this week and spoke to their manager, Travis, he grabbed a cart and said, "Let's go." And we got a full cart of items for the family. It touched my heart so much. The YMCA stepped up and donated her and her children a month membership. Many wonderful people in town have given her clothing and some household donations.
To the Editor: As a resident of Belle Creek Township in Goodhue County, I thank my Town Board supervisors for their courage to appeal the decision of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. With the AWA Goodhue Wind issue, they have always made the effort to inform the public and ask for comment before making any decision. They have served the citizens that elected them well. This issue has far-reaching effect as wind development across the U.S. is looking at what happens here. Belle Creek has been abandoned by the county that refuses to standup for its ordinance.
To the Editor: From Thanksgiving until the New Year, many people focus on family get-togethers and celebrations. The American Red Cross often sees a decline in blood donations during this time of the year due to travel, inclement weather, seasonal illnesses, holiday festivities and, of course, shopping. Giving blood is the perfect gift, and it doesn't cost a dime. Blood is a perishable product that can only come from generous volunteer donors.
To the Editor: "(E)ndowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." --Declaration of Independence. The pursuit of happiness, laid out in the Declaration of Independence, the initial founding document of this nation, would most certainly include the right to select as your mate -- someone who makes you happy, whomever you wish to choose. The marriage of a man to a woman is a long established tradition in our culture but at one time so were slavery and the extermination of Indians.
To the Editor: Wabasha County Commissioner Dave Harm states that it is difficult to stand by and watch the institution of county government be attacked. He submits that there but two possible motives, philosophical differences or to change to a more liberal voting bloc. I think Harms is attempting to deflect the focus of what the petition is really about: Commissioner Deb Roschen's actions. The petition charges that she repeatedly acted independently and without board approval and that her actions infringed on the rights of others.
To the Editor: Once again Rep. Steve Drazkowski has demonstrated his strong propensity for making outlandish claims which are based more on myth and bias than on actual experience or facts. We take strong exception to his statement that appeared in his column in the Republican Eagle Nov. 19.
To the Editor: This Thanksgiving Day, as we gather with family and friends to count our blessings, let's give thanks for the bounty we enjoy not just on this holiday, but every day. The safe, plentiful food that is available to us and the products used to produce the clothing, housing, medicines, fuel and other products we use on a daily basis, didn't just appear in a store.