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To the Editor: Finally, now it's our turn. Feb. 7, beginning at 7 p.m., is caucus night in Minnesota. Besides the ballot box, this caucus meeting is the opportunity for Minnesota citizens to take part in crafting policies and ideas for governing our state and our country. Last year the Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature were able to turn a big debt into a modest surplus without raising taxes. Three years ago this country elected a man as president we knew very little about. Now we know more.
To the Editor: What is a bluff? From the beginning of the frac sand debate in Goodhue County, the Planning Department has said our strict bluff ordinances will play a key role in protecting our bluffs from the threat of frac sand mining. Recently commissioners voted to change the bluff ordinance to make it "better." They may have actually made it weaker. The new and old ordinances are very similar. The new ordinance makes mention of mining, which is supposed to make it stronger.
To the Editor: To most every one's relief, after nine long and painful years, the war in Iraq is over, not with a bang, but with a whimper. You would think that the country, having invested so much money and sacrificed so many lives, that much would have been made upon the end of the war.
To the Editor: Even if the proposed Goodhue County wind farm never killed a bird or a bat, it wouldn't make sense. The Prairie Island nuclear plant provides 50 times the electric power that T. Boone Picken's 52 excess wind turbines. In 2010 and 2011, U.S. wind farms had a capacity factor of 27 percent, which suggests the Goodhue project would provide a measly and intermittent 20-25 megawatts. Our nation's largest proposed wind project is off Cape Cod. U.S. Rep.
To the Editor: One year ago this week, President Barack Obama signed into law the National Alzheimer's Project Act, which created the national Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services. The council met this week to solidify a National Alzheimer's Plan, releasing a draft framework that calls for an aggressive and coordinated effort to address Alzheimer's. Nationwide, an estimated 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, including 110,000 right here in Wisconsin. More than 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 each day, the threshold risk for developing Alzheimer's.
To the Editor: "Reform for the sake of reform" or Reform 2.0 is the Republican agenda for the 2012 Minnesota legislative session. So says House Speaker Kurt Zellars, a Republican (R-E Jan. 22-23). That agenda has overwhelming support from our area Republican representatives and senators. However, many of us are not fooled by what may happen. Each Republican conservative legislator has a smoldering pile of anti-Minnesota bills ready to be introduced.
To the Editor: Pretty Red Wing. I remember loving that name when I moved here over 30 years ago and I couldn't have thought of anything more descriptive. It's a thought expressed by many of my relatives and friends when they visit. Therefore, it's with a heavy heart I'm going to suggest we consider a new name more reflective of the changing environment. Maybe we can have a name-change contest. How about Once Was Pretty Red Wing? I'm referring to unsightly additions to the landscape.
To the Editor: When Goodhue County commissioners passed a 12-month moratorium to study the sand mine issue, those of us who had worked hard to get this in place were very proud of our local county government. We were supportive of the Land-use office's appointment of a study group to research frac sand mining. We started to get a little worried when we saw that the study group would have mining experts but no environmental experts. Staff said they would have environmentalists come in to testify to the group as needed. On Jan.
To the Editor: As noted in your "editorial" last weekend, John Kline may have made every vote in 2011, but who was he really representing? His website is loaded with political talking points but rarely says anything about what he is really doing for his constituents, except for his meeting with farmers and discussing what he was doing to prevent the EPA from placing controls on "agricultural dust." In fact, Kline didn't have to do anything because this was a bogus GOP rumor which the EPA denounced as false in August 2011.
To the Editor: There was an alarming flaw in the logic of DNR regional hydrologist Jeff Green's presentation Jan. 4 to Goodhue County Silica Sand Mining Study Committee. After chastising those who would compare apples and oranges in mining impacts, Green proceeded to apply his findings -- that limestone and gravel mining have minimal impacts on hydrology and water quality -- to the analysis with which the mining committee has been charged.