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To the Editor: In "Port, look harder at sand shipment" (R-E, May 15) Rob Meyer states that unlike sand box sand, the sand out of Wisconsin is much more insidious and is analogous to asbestos with which, he says, it has mineral kinship. I understand Meyer's concern is exposure to silica dust with potential complications of silicosis that can lead to lung cancers. However, the sand being brought in is processed, ready for insertion into the oil or gas well head.
To the Editor: On May 15, we were found guilty of trespass upon the property of Alliant Techsystems, the Minnesota weapons manufacturer headquartered in Eden Prairie until a recent move to the Washington, D.C., area. On Sept. 28, about 40 protesters, after completing their weekly Wednesday morning vigil outside company property, marched to the entrance where 12 attempted to deliver documents to the company president, including excerpts from Minnesota statutes describing the "Claim of Right" to trespass, the U.S.
To the Editor: Have you ever considered running for elected office? If so, don't hesitate to throw your hat in the ring -- filing opens May 22 through June 5. There are lots of Red Wing offices to choose from in 2012. City Council seats are open in Ward 1; Ward 2 and Wards 3/4. The mayor's position also will be on the ballot. If city office isn't your interest and education is, the Red Wing School District will have four board positions on the ballot.
To the Editor: What a wonderful story about the "Bird Lady of Frontenac" (R-E, May 5). Alice took me on a tour many years ago. She knew all the birds. They all want to live by Alice Tackaberry. Janice French Red Wing
To the Editor: I personally want to thank everyone who attended our recent informational meeting on a proposed new underground sand mine in Diamond Bluff and Oak Grove, and a sand processing and load out facility in Trenton; Pierce County, Wisconsin. We know that some people have concerns about sand mining, and we want to make sure that everyone has information to make decisions based on facts and science. Less than 10 acres of the 2,900-acre underground mine will involve above-ground activities.
To the Editor: There is the mistaken perception that issues relating to discrimination may be resolved thought the ballot box. At present that issue focuses on gay marriage. Numerous state bills, many proposing U.S. constitutional amendments, have been passed, the authors believing that discriminatory conduct can be ratified and have the effect of law if accomplished by a majority vote. If that were the case, civil rights legislation would have been overridden.
To the Editor: At the May 1 Port Authority meeting, the public received information about the Little River Bulkhead being used as a silica sand transfer point for barge traffic. Silica sand would be trucked from Wisconsin to the bulkhead at a rate of 75 trucks a day, each truck containing 20 tons of silica sand. The industry would have us believe that this product is as safe as the sand in a sandbox.
To the Editor: On Tuesday April 10, Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical campus held its scholarship banquet at the Red Wing campus. One hundred thirteen students were awarded scholarships totaling $116,000 that evening. Many students spoke about the importance of financial aid in assisting them in achieving their educational goals. Having attended these banquets, I continue to be impressed with the stories of hardship and hard work and wondered what more we as a community can do to support the students and campus that provides skilled work force to our communities.
To the Editor: New Beginnings Family Services -- now doing business as First Choice Clinic -- is a pregnancy resource center that has helped me in many great ways. I first heard about its Threads of Hope program in 2008 after having had two miscarriages. After the second one, I slipped into depression, feeling broken as a woman and as though I had done something to make their loss happen. It was then I decided to go through their program.
To the Editor: Water pollution is never a pretty picture. It's always something floating around that ruins swimming, fishing, or even drinking. Fortunately, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is finally coming to grips with some of the major pollutants in the Mississippi River. One pollutant that we can all recognize is called "total suspended solids." Total suspended solids or TSS are the fine particles of soil, leaves, and algae that cloud the river and are filling in Lake Pepin.