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To the Editor: We are very opposed to the Hallquist/Eunice Avenue sidewalk project. We firmly believe that adding sidewalks in our neighborhood will not only fail to make the area safer for walkers and bikers but will actually make it less safe. Over the past weeks our neighborhood has emailed the mayor and City Council many articles on "Calming Streets" and "Shared Streets" options.
To the Editor: It was with great interest I read article "March brings awareness to colon cancer" (R-E March 21). On Feb. 24 of this year, I was diagnosed with colon cancer following a routine colonoscopy. I had no symptoms and no family history. My last colonoscopy showed no polyps. My lab report indicated no drop in my hemoglobin and I had no outward signs that were concerning. I am not overweight: I eat a healthy diet and I am active and exercise. I have never smoked and my alcohol consumption would be considered zero to most people.
To the Editor: Earlier this year City Council directed staff to move forward with sidewalks on Hallquist and Eunice avenues. The majority of the landowners directly and adversely impacted asked the council to reconsider because the project will destroy mature trees, reduce front yards and increase the width of the street corridor (and increase vehicle speeds).
To the Editor: Imagine Red Wing a bikeable, walkable community. This is the theme of the Red Wing Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan dated 9/27/11 which was developed as an action of the Complete Streets Policy Resolution 6196 adopted by the City Council on 1/10/11.
To the Editor: National Mental Illness Month is not until May, but it needs to be addressed now. The disability affects so many people, the person with the disability as well as friends, family and the community. No one asked to have bi-polar, autism or schizophrenia -- just to name a few. There is such a stigma to these illnesses yet cancer and heart disease seem to be accepted. There are support groups for alcoholism and battered women. Red Wing used to have a National Association for the Mentally Ill but no longer has one.
To the Editor: There is lot of controversy over spending more than $320,000 for sidewalks on Eunice Avenue and Hallquist Avenue. In 2006, the "Sidewalk Committee" proposed adding sidewalks to increase connectivity in those neighborhoods, contingent on receipt of grant money to pay for the project. The city applied for the grant money twice and was denied both times because those neighborhoods don't meet the grant criteria. With serious budget shortfalls, even after raising the city levy by nearly 2 percent, the city must bond for (borrow) $150,000 (47 percent) to pay for this project.
To the Editor: "We hide behind the fact that we're just bringing this to the people. We're just going to give a voice to the people," he said. "Well, I think we can look back in history and see that we're littered with choices by the people that were very hurtful. All we have to do is look back to the '50s and '60s and see where prejudice and discrimination were at its height." These are the words of Rep. Tim Kelly in speaking out last year on the Minnesota House floor against the use of a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.
To the Editor: Some friends and I got together for my birthday celebration at ArtReach for a painting class called Cocktails and Canvas. We brought snacks and wine, had instruction by the Red Wing High School art teacher on creating a masterpiece. The subject was decided on ahead of time. We were there for about four hours and had many laughs and learned so much. I wanted to let Red Wing know about this great activity offered here -- something different to do and for a very reasonable price. Participants called me the next day and loved the time they shared.
To the Editor: In recognition of National Teach Ag Day March 15, I would like to take the opportunity to thank my high school ag teacher, Mr. Chris Sheehan, for all of his hard work and dedication to the Red Wing agricultural education program and FFA chapter. His passion and dedication to helping students succeed is inspiring. He is always available to give advice, lend a hand, or support the many endeavors our FFA chapter is part of. He continues to be a big influence in my life as I attend the University of Minnesota through PSEO.
To the Editor: Legislation to ask voters this fall to put a photo ID requirement in Minnesota's Constitution appears headed for the Minnesota Senate floor. Amending the Constitution is a serious matter, and all legislators need to examine the photo ID proposal closely. It raises many unanswered questions and could create real barriers to voting. What kind of photo ID would be acceptable? The proposed amendment doesn't specify, and its proponents want to leave the details up to future legislators.