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To the Editor: Many of our state legislators support an increase in the state sales tax on tobacco. A lot of people refer to this as a "sin tax" and only see it as a way to put more revenue into the state's general fund. They don't realize that increasing the price of tobacco through a sales tax increase will also make Minnesota healthier. A tobacco tax increase will save lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death and disease in America.
To the Editor: Most of us know the crux of the Minnesota senatorial vote centers on absentee voters. Today we find 25 percent of the military absentee vote count in the presidential 2008 vote was never counted. Exactly, 401,000 votes. How many were Minnesota voters? We will watch this closely as the Minnesota Supreme Court decides. Don Stechmann Red Wing
To the Editor: Education Minnesota's Tom Dooher seems sincere in his desires for more teachers, smaller classes and lower fees for college students. However, recent reports on salaries for University of Minnesota coaches and teachers puts these desires somewhat out there in a dream world, in my opinion. Million dollar coaches, half million dollar professors? As an afterthought, could the R-E let us know how local administrators and teachers are doing these days? Dick Diercks Red Wing
To the Editor: Red Wing has a long-standing relationship with the Prairie Island nuclear plant and looks forward to working cooperatively and constructively to resolve common concerns. Since the opening of the plant, we have worked together to develop a thorough Nuclear Emergency Response Plan to ensure local governmental units and agencies are staffed, trained, equipped and prepared.
To the Editor: Every year, a wonderful party is planned and given to the graduating seniors. This party is held right after graduation June 5 at the YMCA from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. the next day. This is a safe and fun way for our seniors to celebrate the end of their high school years with their classmates. From the fabulous decorations, to the delicious food, the many games and big-time prizes, our graduating seniors enjoy a night they will remember and appreciate for a long time.
To the Editor: I feel sorry for Patricia and Roger Sween and others like them. Why? In their May 8 letter, they take a cowardly shot at Mr. Kelly and his belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman -- and his desire to legislate that way. I bet the Sweens consider themselves "open minded" and "accepting of others," yet, when you wish to define marriage, have no "tolerance" for those that oppose their opinion. Homosexuals have the same rights as heterosexuals. They can marry those of the opposite sex ,just like I can.
To the Editor: Friday is a day set aside to encourage people to ride to work. Live Healthy Red Wing encourages Red Wing residents to give it a try. Ride your bike to work on Friday. Why ride? In the time we already spend getting to work, we can get the exercise we need, but "don't have time for." Commuting to work by bike or for neighborhood errands is within easy reach of people of any level of fitness and a great way to get fit and stay healthy.
To the Editor: We feel sorry for Rep. Tim Kelly. In his campaign, he stressed accountability and his willingness to work in a bipartisan manner for the good of Minnesotans. He desires everyone to be the good citizen that he is. Now he thinks everyone should decide on the rights of others in a proposed marriage amendment when rights are so fundamental as to be outside of personal preference. The amendment is not his preference, but it is the position of his Republican Party. The poor guy; he is caught in the middle. Patricia & Roger Sween Red Wing
To the Editor: Regarding establishing full diplomatic relations with all countries of the world now, the purpose of diplomatic relations is allow nation states to communicate about matters that are of mutual interest. Diplomatic relations should not be and are NOT the giving of a seal of approval of one nation upon another. Let the U.S. grow up. Absent naked aggression, economic or military, there is no way to directly influence others' behavior except by communication. The diplomatic mission is there for the purpose of communication. It is time for America to mature.
To the Editor: George Lakoff and Bruce Budner once wrote about taxation for Rockridge Institute. In essence, it said: America's government has two fundamental functions, protection and empowerment.