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To the Editor: What's really heinous about "Wangsta Day" is that school officials have known about this practice for two years. Why is the community so shocked when the only sanction for the offenders is to change their clothes to conform with dress code? Christi Bystedt Red Wing
To the Editor: I hope that those who participated in the "Wigger Wednesday" dress up are happy with what they have done. Whatever their intentions were, the message they sent was not pleasant. Now my fellow classmates and I who did not choose to participate in this act are going to be labeled as "racist" by those in our community and the surrounding area. Congratulations for tainting the good names of all the people at Red Wing High School who try to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Julia Simonson Red Wing
To the Editor: Kudos to Dick Diercks' letter "Thoughts on city issues" in the Oct. 7 edition of the Republican Eagle. I totally agree with his views. With the Port Authority reporting it is currently $1.2 million in the red, has any thought been given to revisiting the Falconer Vineyard offer to purchase the Central Research property. Perhaps that could solve $1 million of this problem. Or will this be something the tax payers will be asked to resolve? A joint meeting with the City Council and the Port Authority Board to discuss this and other issues is scheduled for 5 p.m. Oct.
To the Editor: School kids throughout Greater Minnesota are doing homework again. We're doing our homework at the Center for Rural Policy and Development, too. Providing Minnesota lawmakers with sound, research-driven education policy recommendations is a key mission of the center.
To the Editor: We recently accompanied the Red Wing Area Seniors on a bus trip to Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard, the home of the Kennedy clan. While flags were flying at half staff and loyal Democrats were extolling his virtues, our tour guide from Kennedy country gave us a review on the real Ted Kennedy, who those of us with vivid memories of 30 years ago remembered. Kennedy left a party on Chappaquiddick Island with a girl in his car to return to the mainland. He was drunk, missed the main road and took a back road used by ATVs.
To the Editor: Congratulations to Mr. Howe. It appears he is not a great believer in the weak mayor system of government. Way to go, John. Also, could the Port Authority have avoided financial difficulties by dealing honestly with the Falconers on the vineyard proposal? Dick Diercks Red Wing
To the Editor: It's amazing how worked up some people become over imaginary threats. Despite thorough debunking in the more reputable press, many still torment themselves over worries of "death panels" and "rationing," should health care reform become a reality in our country. At the same time, there are genuine threats under our noses of which we maintain a dangerous unawareness. Here's one that isn't hypothetical: The Harvard Medical School has released a new report finding that over 45,000 Americans die each year for lack of access to health care.
To the Editor: Listen up, people. We are being mesmerized by our president. The Democrats in Congress are going to try to ram this health care through even if they have to change the rules to get it done, even though the majority of the people in the country are opposed to what is being offered. Samuel MacKinney Hager City
To the Editor: We can't remember another time when Red Wing has been so fortunate to have three accomplished women join us for a community discussion on women, leadership and a little bit of politics. The three women -- Pat Anderson, former state auditor, R-Dellwood, Susan Gaertner, Ramsey County Attorney, DFL-White Bear Lake, and Margaret Anderson Kelliher, speaker of the House, DFL-Minneapolis, will lead our conversation on the successes they have had, as well as the challenges they continue to face. Time will be given for general questions and answers.
To the Editor: The time may be here for Red Wing City Council and citizens to make serious decisions regarding future fiscal security. We are within the top 10 Minnesota cities suffering from home foreclosures. We appear to be a top heavy in administrators, managers, etc. The Port Authority is deep in the red and needs to borrow money from the city coffers.