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To the Editor: Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature had an opportune time to begin a rejuvenation of our educational system. While concentrating on what they determined were urgent and compelling social "fixes" -- putting a constitutional amendment on November's ballot, as well as an unneeded voting I.D. bill -- they did little to benefit early education. One would have thought repairing or commencing the first step would have topped their agenda. School budgets are under attack.
To the Editor: There are a few musical selections that bring a tear to my eye and/or a lump to the throat. I heard one April 21 that elicited both. The Sheldon Theatre Brass Band, as part of its program, played the "Hymn of the Highlands." It was absolutely tremendous. This musical organization deserves everyone's support. If you've never heard them, don't miss their next performance. You'll be happier than the winner of the next presidential election or the next Powerball drawing. John C. Nelson Pepin
To the Editor: I encourage anyone who is interested in hearing about bulkhead operations to come to Harbor Commission at 4:30 p.m. and Port Authority Board meeting at 5:30 p.m., both in the City Hall council chambers. The discussion will focus on bulkhead operations and not the mining of sand in Goodhue County. This commodity is already moving through our community by truck and we are looking into different alternatives. Michael Grove Red Wing Michael Grove is president of the Red Wing Port Authority Board.
To the Editor: We are writing to remind readers about safety on our roads and highways. Construction season is starting, and we and our fellow coworkers will be out on the roads every day working to make sure they are safe and in good driving condition. We are Minnesota Department of Transportation highway maintenance employees. In Minnesota, it is the law that when traveling on a roadway with two or more lanes, that drivers need to keep a lane away when passing a stopped ambulance, fire truck, law enforcement or road maintenance/construction vehicle.
To the Editor: Cinco de Mayo marks the anniversary of a Mexican battle against occupying French forces that took place in 1862 in the state of Puebla. The military victory is celebrated in Mexico and also across the United States. While May 5 is not Mexican Independence Day, it is nevertheless an important date that celebrates Mexican heritage and pride. In the United States, the date represents a victory of freedom over tyranny. Please join the Red Wing Latino community and the members and supporters of the Hispanic Outreach Program of Goodhue County at Holy Family Hall St.
To the Editor: In Wisconsin, frac sand mining has transformed from a garter snake into a viper that now threatens to slither into Goodhue County. A one-year moratorium is allowing the county some time to formulate a containment plan, but because of an oversight in the moratorium, we may soon see a new mass of trucks sliding in to off-load the highly debated sand onto barges at a city of Red Wing bulkhead.
To the Editor: After two years of grief, heartache and humiliation, it came to an end Wednesday when the jury found Suzanne Walstrom "not guilty" of all five counts held against her. A big thank you goes out to the jury for seeking justice once the truth was heard. They listened with attentive ears and eyes. Hearing testimony, one could understand this was a trumped up against an innocent person -- setting her up so that the investigators and officers at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing believed these accusers rather than one of their own.
To the Editor: I attended a funeral Friday and participated in the procession from the church to Oakwood Cemetery. A Red Wing police car led the way, followed the hearse, pallbearers and mourners. Everyone had their headlights on. I was so disgusted that at least 40 people disregarded the procession and cut in between cars, wouldn't let us go through the stop sign, etc. These drivers showed no respect for the dead. Anna Donaldson Nance Red Wing
To the Editor: We had an election and Gov. Scott Walker was elected to balance our budget, straighten out our schools and lower our taxes. He did those things, but now the Democrats and unions want to kick him out. Was it unfair for union members to pay a little of their insurance and pensions? If it is so bad, quit your job and 100 people will line up to get it. Remember that I worked for myself and paid all my own insurance and retirement plan. I did not get to retire at 55. I retired at 83. Another thing the Dem's don't like is voter ID.
To the Editor: Gov. Mark Dayton is "too busy" to address state policy destroying Minnesotans' health. "We don't have a noise standard that's designed to work for turbines," said Commissioner Paul Aasen, Dayton appointee to Minnesota's Pollution Control Agency.