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To the Editor: The National Association of Letter Carriers is holding its 20th annual Stamp Out Hunger Drive this Saturday. They need all of us to pitch in and give what we can to help families who don't know when their next meal may be. Hunger is a problem. It has been with us always, but more people are going hungry in 2012 than in previous years. Letter carriers can't solve the problem on their own, the food shelf and the United Way cannot nor can Health and Human Services staff solve hunger.
To the Editor: May 12 will mark an important milestone for the National Association of Letter Carrier's Stamp Our Hunger National Food Drive. It is their 20th anniversary; for twenty years the annual national drive has helped provide basic necessities for millions of Americans. Each year, the second Saturday in May is a day when all citizens have an opportunity, with the help of their letter carrier, to easily donate food to needy families in their community. Nationally last year, letter carriers collected 70.2 million pounds of food.
To the Editor: On May 12, the Red Wing city and rural carriers with the U.S. Postal Service will be collecting non-perishable items for the food shelf. EconoFoods is providing bags, which the carriers will leave at mailboxes Wednesday or Thursday. Campbell's Soup is supplying the postcards in the cooperative venture to feed people. Carriers hope to collect more than 2,000 pounds this year, so everyone's participation would be greatly appreciated. Dewey Christianson Red Wing
To the Editor: Writing letters of reply to the editor ranks lower on the enjoyment scale than does a good game of tennis or badminton. Nevertheless, Steve Murphy's letter (R-E, April 21-22), like John Litsenberger's (R-E, April 4), calls for a reply because it misstates some of what my letter said (R-E, April 17). At the same time, it offers good information. I never mentioned fracking, only frac sand mining.
To the Editor: For over a decade, we as Minnesotans have debated a new Vikings stadium. It appears that in the next few days we will finally bring closure to that debate with the Legislature either approving or rejecting a stadium plan. I feel strongly that the Vikings are a Minnesota statewide asset that contributes to our quality of life, just as the arts, recreation facilities and state parks do, and that we should make a reasonable effort to keep them here.
To the Editor: The Vikings want a new stadium. Some would like to add slots at horse tracks, some have suggested a new casino in Minneapolis, and some have suggested electronic pull tabs. Evidently increasing gambling is going to bring in millions of dollars and create thousands of jobs, but at what costs? Is this new money or just a redistribution of current gambling revenue? And will it hurt Goodhue County's largest employer? If pull tab machines are put in almost every bar or restaurant, what happens to nonprofits that receive money from current pull tab revenues?
To the Editor: Wisconsin Industrial Sand delivered an amazing performance to a close to capacity crowd on Tuesday night at the Bluffs Bar in Hager City. The folks at the mine wanted to apprise the public of their plans to expand operations to new facilities in the Diamond Bluff, Oak Grove and Trenton Townships.
To the Editor: Here at the Humane Society the health and safety of the animals in our care, our customers, and the public are our top priorities. Therefore, it has been extremely disheartening to all of us here to know that illness was associated with a fun event we held in our shelter. When several Humane Society staff members became ill we assumed that we had all caught the same virus.
To the Editor: Our immoral federal government steals our God-given rights. The gullible party faithful, whether Republican or Democrat, did nothing wrong except to vote for power greedy politicians who pretend to have your best interest in mind, by permitting you to keep a portion of your own property. We all want freedom and liberty. No person or group of people has the right to subjugate another person or group. Ignorance repeats these attempts to enslave and history shows that the lifespan of an oppressive government is about 70 years. Castro's Cuba is not quite 70. What do you own?
To the Editor: If wishes were horses, legislators could pass renewable energy standards capable of riding roughshod over the laws of nature and physics, but they can't. If wishes were horses, wind and solar would have replaced at least one fossil fuel power plant somewhere on earth, but they haven't. Solar energy would be more than a fraction of 1 percent of our electric energy, and wind and solar combined would be more than one quad of the 100 quads of annual U.S. energy consumption, but they aren't.