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To the Editor: It was interesting to hear the president's perception of the condition of our country in the annual State of the Union speech earlier this week. So, just what is the state of our nation? $3.60-plus a gallon gas prices Unemployment 8 percent or more for over four years Annual federal budget deficits $800 billion to $1.6 trillion for over four years $16,500,000,000,000 national debt and climbing. I guess if this is the new normal, then everything is great. Paul Kampe Red Wing
To the Editor: My wife and I moved here in 2004, excited about retiring in a wonderful community. All that changed from a knock on our door in May of 2011 when two brave citizens from Hay Creek were polling our neighborhood to see if we were aware of the impending frac sand mining wanting to establish itself in Goodhue County. After flying many trips over western Wisconsin, we became aware of the rapid explosion of sand mines there and the utter devastation to the environs and its people.
To the Editor: The Red Wing City Council was called upon Monday to respond to a critical issue regarding Dennis Egan's astonishingly bad judgment in entering into a contract for lobbying services with silica sand companies, while being mayor, getting paid by both to engage in conflicting jobs at cross purposes. Citizen input by virtue of emails and letters to the council as well as the R-E clearly reflected their disgust. The facts were not in dispute. Egan's decision three weeks ago was found in a publication rather than informing the council directly.
To the Editor: At ArtReach, we believe that creative expression is a fundamental need of all people that contributes to our community's quality of life. Our mission is simple: to provide access to the arts and the enrichment that it brings. One of the areas that we have been trying to focus on in 2012 and 2013 is the organization and implementation of several community art projects in Red Wing. We hope that by organizing these projects, we can encourage not only creativity, but also build on the feeling of community in Red Wing.
To the Editor: I would like to tell you the truth about the terrible things printed about me. My picture again appeared in the paper (R-E, Feb. 9). The last time was Oct. 17. The paper made it sound like I spent four days in jail. I did not. I went in four days earlier for fingerprinting. The gals at the jail were so nice. They even thanked me for coming in early to get it done. While they were doing a background check, they put the jail coat on me, took my picture and let me go. Where are all the hard-core criminal pictures?
To the Editor: Mayor Egan, with all due respect, please do the right thing and resign as mayor. Regardless of whether or not a statutory conflict of interest is involved in your situation, your effectiveness and credibility have been severely, if not irreparably, compromised.
To the Editor: Recently there was an excellent article about identifying and responding to bullying at Burnside Elementary School (R-E, Jan. 19). There is much to be learned with continuation of possibilities for reaching out to and teaching everyone about this concept. Our young people are the future of our communities. We all can learn from them and with them. It seems that there are three areas in which improvement can be implemented.
To the Editor: Mayor Dennis Egan's egregious affront to the Red Wing community that entrusted him to represent it is outrageous and unacceptable. His interests clearly lie elsewhere, without consideration for those he vowed to serve. Dennis, you must resign as mayor immediately due to your blatant conflict of interest in representing those who don't care if our environment is destroyed and our health is jeopardized. A sadly disappointed Red Wing Community member and bamboozled voter, Shawn Pettit Red Wing
To the Editor: Red Wing has been a welcoming and enriching city to come home to in my retirement three years ago! I enjoy living in Red Wing. Increasingly, I am becoming more aware of all of the energy and talent of the folks who make this town what it is and enable all of us to have a good life. An example of this energy and talent is the award given recently to the 2012 Red Wing Neighbor as described in last week's Eagle. I add my congratulations to the winner. In order for this good life to continue, I have a urgent recommendation.
To the Editor: The recent developments surrounding the mayor of Red Wing and his employment with the sand mining industry as a paid lobbyist are extremely troubling. It matters not how you feel about the issue of frac sand mining or the use of hydraulic fracturing to harvest gas and oil; the distressing concern at hand is both a matter of law and one of integrity. I cannot claim to be an expert in the matter of conflict-of-interest issues. But, during the dry-cask storage debates of the early '90s I was accused of having a "conflict of interest" because of my employment with NSP.