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To the Editor: I rarely respond to letters to the editor. However, I must set the record straight regarding Nona Nelson's letter (R-E, Sept. 15). Legislative updates are an important way to communicate with constituents. I encourage you to visit the official Senate website and read legislative updates. You will find that they are not of a partisan nature. Concerning my pay, I donated my Senate paycheck for the entire month of July 2011 to the food shelves of Goodhue, Wabasha, and Winona counties.
To the Editor: As an artist and as a musician, what I see and what I hear is important to me. What I see is that the environment is precious and what I hear is that more and more people share my concerns about it. Six years ago, a group of Red Wing residents started getting together to talk about sustainability. We called ourselves, "Sustain Red Wing." Our mission was to add explainability to sustainability.
To the Editor: Most of us would probably agree that the freedom to practice our beliefs and morality as we wish, unless it infringes upon others, is one of the things that makes our nation truly great. We might further concur that there are many, perhaps hundreds, of subgroups including religions, nationalities, and social organizations that each espouse different beliefs and practices, some of which seem foreign and even strange to us at times.
To the Editor: The first time I worked with Paul Drotos was at the Y Camp pulling tree stumps for the Red Wing Lions Club. I honestly didn't think much of him until I gave him a chain and a chainsaw while I drove the bobcat. Pulling stumps used to be the measure of a man, and Paul measured up. Years later, when he had the "big idea" to make what he called "Sescrocks" for Red Wing's Sesquicentennial, I fronted the prototype money, but it was his enthusiasm for something completely different that sold 1,200 of those things.
To the Editor: On Sunday Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. the annual CROP Hunger Walk will be held in Central Park to show our love and active concern for neighbors in need near and far. The participants, ranging from newborns to seniors, will be raising awareness and funds to change the world in real and measurable ways -- digging wells that will bring clean water to villages; providing seeds and tools so that people can grow their own food; helping communities and families rebuild after disaster.
To the Editor: I attended one of the public town hall meetings being held by Wabasha County commissioners a couple weeks ago. This was time well spent. They're trying to work with the taxpayers to avoid raising taxes. There are lots of rumors, but people should go to these meetings to learn the facts. I think the county could save money by looking at how the work is done and do things in a more efficient way; it shouldn't be just about cutting staff.
To the Editor: With regard to all the current and potential property development taking place, and wanting to take place, in our community, I have been thinking about how our decisions will reveal themselves many years from now when it is too late to change them. "Highest and best use" is a term commonly used in the realm of real estate to determine either a valuation of property or its usage. Very often it refers to a financial return that will benefit either the owner or the entity making the determination of usage.
To the Editor: I'd like to clarify some recent spin regarding a taxpayer-funded campaign-style flyer circulated by Sen. John Sterling Howe. The flyer in question was inserted in the Republican Eagle and did not include a campaign disclaimer. Without such a disclaimer, the public rightly concludes it was printed at Howe's state Senate office. A letter from Teresa Whitson (R-E, Aug 18) confirmed this, stating that "not one penny of taxpayer money went into the distribution" of the piece.
To the Editor: As someone who is opposed to the marriage amendment on the November ballot in Minnesota, I've followed with interest David Farrar's letters to the editor and the responses these generated. While I respect both Dr. Farrar's right to his opinion and his desire for what he sees as best for our society and appreciate the very civil way in which he makes his case, I feel compelled to respond. Two comments in response to his latest letter: First, anyone who's married knows what an incredible amount of hard work and commitment this involves.
To the Editor: We have freedom of religion in the United States. We have freedom of assembly and speech in the United States. We have freedom to choose in the United States. We respect the Constitution that recognizes those God-given rights. We support the notion that marriage is between one man and one woman. In November, we choose to vote yes to the marriage amendment. Erik & Vicki Gram Red Wing