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To the Editor: Recently both Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, candidates for president in the Republican primaries, were left off the Virginia ballot, a very important primary, due to the fact that neither one filed the necessary petitions required by law in a timely manner. I would not request to see their birth certificates, but would like to see their high school diplomas. Richard W. Johnson Wacouta
To the Editor: Isn't it sad that Goodhue County is suddenly being surrounded by the human vultures, who in the last few years, have been circling it with their millions and billions of dollars to spend? These human vultures want to decimate our beautiful county with its gorgeous blufflands, valleys and rolling farmlands with their open pit blufftop sand mines and ugly wind turbines. They want to come in here, throw some money at the right people, buy them off, and destroy our county so they can make more millions.
To the Editor: Recently we enjoyed an afternoon hike in the Billings/Tomfohr recreation area and were impressed by the work recently completed--new trail markers and signs, clearing of brush along the trails, and erosion prevention. A hearty thank you to all who volunteered to make this happen, under the leadership of David Anderson. Also thank you to those who have permanently donated land to be enjoyed by all in our community.
To the editor: Mayor Egan and City Council members, it was with much anger and disgust that I read in Wednesday's Republican Eagle (Dec. 14, 2011) that the City Council had again approved to move forward with the Hallquist/Eunice area sidewalks. Some of you will remember how hard I worked to let you know how adamantly opposed I (and many other residents of the area) am to this project.
To the Editor: Wabasha County commissioners voted 3-2 Dec. 15 to abolish the position of county administrator. Ostensibly, the vote was the result of "strategic planning" to identify cost savings. Personally, I don't think the action passes the "smell" test. According to conversations I've had with others close to this issue, the position is being eliminated because Dave Johnson is not the "yes man" the board is looking for. I would have had more respect if commissioner would have come out and said words to that effect.
To the Editor: The Wabasha County saga continues to the chagrin and embarrassment of residents. Once we get past the mob rule and vigilante mentality that exists at the commissioner meetings, there are some obvious scenarios that don't make any sense. First, Tom Dwelle is representing some county employees that have work-related grievances. One is Sheriff Rod Bartsh. Why don't they seek professional counsel versus having an ex-commissioner represent them? Second, Administrator Dave Johnson is attempting to keep his job. With all the animosity, ill will and public humiliation, why?
To the Editor: There is so much discussion in our world regarding entitlement -- a generation of those who consider their lot to be entitlement. "Dr. Phil" recently discussed two families: a young man in one, a young woman in another.
To the Editor: For 230 years this country has survived and occasionally prospered, under the Constitution. The smooth and effective function of the Constitution requires faithful adherence of those governing this country to follow it. Although the Republicans have a majority in the House, the Democrats prevailed in the Senate and the presidency. Rather than accept the customary role of the "loyal opposition," Republican leaders have stated their principal goal is not only to see that the president isn't re-elected, but to seek his early removal from office.
To the Editor: It sure is nice spending other people's money for what you and your special interest group want. As a Belle Creek Township taxpayer, I don't go to work every day and live paycheck to paycheck so the township can spend my tax money on some birds. I want my money back. If this is what the township is going to use my money for, then send me a check.
To the Editor: As everyone is thinking about the upcoming holidays, the 2012 Senior Graduation Party Planning Committee is thinking about June 1, 2012. This party has been a staple of the Red Wing graduating class since 1983, when high school parents hosted an all-night party for graduating seniors following the graduating ceremony. The party is organized by parent volunteers every year and costs approximately $20,000 per event.