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To the Editor: It's family vacation season again in Minnesota -- that cherished time of year when we pack our cars and head "up north" or "to the lake." While most of us look forward to relaxing with family and friends at a favorite destination this time of year, for the owners of Minnesota's 900-plus resorts, the rest and relaxation is on hold until the fall. Resorting is a tradition in our state that dates back to the late 1800s, when prominent Minnesotans would gather in grand hotels on the shores of large, metro-area lakes, including Lake Minnetonka.
To the Editor: On the June 16 5 p.m. WCCO television newscast it was reported that hours "will be reduced" at the Red Wing Public Library as a result of Governor Pawlenty's reduction of Local Government Aid to the city of Red Wing. This report was erroneous. There is no plan to reduce library hours. The staff and trustees of the Red Wing Public Library wish to thank you for your continued support of library services. James Lund Red Wing James Lund is the director of the Red Wing Public Library.
To the Editor: As an "Up North" Dr. Phil might say, "How's that hope and change workin' for ya?" With each agonizing day, "hope and change" is feeling more like "bait and switch." Starting last fall, a craven Congress, enabled by a lame duck president, were bullied by Treasury Secretary Paulson to give this Wall Street carpetbagger a blank check to help expunge the banks' toxic assets from their books. Before you say, "Where did my 401 K go?" the Statists were taking over the banks while swallowing up the largest insurer in the world.
To the Editor: Although I appreciate President Obama's inclination to embrace the future, I am disturbed by his reluctance to pursue the apparent crimes of the previous administration. It appears that this reluctance grants permission to our former vice president to come out of his undisclosed location into the light of day in an aggressive, sneering effort to rewrite his own history. Perhaps he doesn't know we can disprove what he says now by listening to what he said while in office.
To the Editor: No incinerator is "green," and this one is certainly not getting "greener" (R-E, June 10). According to data on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Web site, this burner reported emitting 81,373 pounds of health-damaging "criteria" air pollutants in 2007. The number for 2006 was 57,155 pounds. Doesn't sound like "greener" to me. The real numbers are worse that this. For example, in 2005 the Red Wing burner also reported emitting 11,738 pounds of hydrochloric acid and likely at least this much came out in 2006 and 2007.
To the Editor: My name is Julie Plank and I am a Relay for Life team captain of Butterflies Kickin' Cancer, aka Team Butterfly. The reason I relay is because of family members and friends of mine have been touched by this disease in so many ways. It is my desire to help raise awareness right here in our community. I feel confident that we will find a cure and kick cancer once and for all. Some people as, "What is a survivor?" Many have a different perception as to what a survivor is. So let's discuss the true meaning of this in one sentence.
To the Editor: My grandson Kooper Green's last day of fourth grade and his time at Prairie View came to an end. He told me Mrs. Lifto was his best teacher ever. This year's spring concert was held at Ellsworth Senior High School. What a task -- to take all the classes by bus, additional work for the staff. It was a great concert. The students were so well behaved and gave a grand program of patriotic songs. Their music teacher, Mrs. Fuller, had their complete attention and gave one of the best programs ever. The staff and principal, Mr.
To the Editor: The community of Red Wing will receive a wonderful gift July 4 -- the transformation of Central Park. Thanks to a generous private donation, this century-old park will be given new life with renovations designed to create a welcoming "community living room" atmosphere, with a focal point of a new band shell equipped for the needs of today's performers. On July 4, community members are encouraged to celebrate this gift and enjoy free live performances by world-renown entertainers.
To the Editor: What has happened to "Pretty Little Red Wing?" Both of our daughters are gone. They are buried in Oakwood Cemetery and at the very least we thought we would be able to honor them by placing beautiful flowers at their graves and being allowed to take care of the flowers so that they would remain almost as beautiful as the little girl and stunning young woman we once had. Apparently that is not so. On the evening of June 4, it was discovered the flowers we had lovingly put there and cared for were gone.
To the Editor: Some additional comments need to be added to your recent editorial on Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-E, June 4). His unspoken but obvious plan to run for president brings to mind all of the many weeks that he was absent from his duties last year, while campaigning for John McCain. I don't recall him reimbursing the state. It is obvious that most of his remaining 18 months will be spent in Iowa and states other than Minnesota, as well as traveling overseas for the "benefit" of Minnesotans. On the one hand, if he is not on the job he can't make such a mess out of it.