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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.
To the Editor: I thank the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office for the Citizen's Sheriff's Academy and ride-along program. I attended the Citizens Sheriff's Academy in 2008, and I finally took advantage of my ride with a deputy Friday Nov. 4. The sheriff's academy is similar to the police academy but is countywide in scope and includes a tour of the jail, etc. A wonderful opportunity to learn about our sheriff's department plus get a comprehend side tour of our Law Enforcement Center!
To the Editor: We have heard a lot in the press about how counties and cities are going to be forced to raise property taxes due to the elimination of the Homestead Credit. What we haven't heard enough about is why our Homestead Credit is gone for good. Unfortunately, it is going away because our Rep. Tim Kelly voted to eliminate it. That's right, Kelly followed his party leaders and voted to eliminate direct property tax relief for us as a way to balance the state books.
To the Editor: My father used to say, "You can't believe anything you hear and only half of what you see." His message was I should use caution when forming an opinion; I should seek out the truth. With the fiasco in Wabasha County, opinions (hearsay to me) abound but facts are hard to find.
To the Editor: Like you, I received my proposed property tax statement for 2012 this past week. My family's projected property taxes increased 9.5 percent. An increase during this economic climate can be a substantial burden. Several weeks ago the Wabasha County Board passed a 0 percent levy increase. So how is it my taxes are projected to increase nearly 10 percent? Several factors impact taxes. Townships, school districts and cities levy against your property. Also, the Legislature changed how counties will be subsidized.
To the Editor: If you are still paying attention, hardly a week goes by when you don't hear of another NATO/U.S. bombing where friendly soldiers or civilians are killed. The usual response is that an internal investigation will be conducted, but you never again hear of the incident as if it doesn't matter. Last weekend, 24 Pakistani soldiers on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border were killed by NATO/US bombs and, of course, the same response from the U.S. means another investigation. The Pakistanis are so upset they have closed routes to resupply U.S. troops in Afghanistan. U.S.
To the Editor: Citizens of Wabasha County, are you ready to give up your right to free elections? The outside counsel told the commissioners what steps they must take to make the jobs of county sheriff, attorney, etc. appointed instead of elected. Consider for a moment the recent problems between three Wabasha County commissioners and the county administrator, attorney and sheriff. Isn't it ironic that they found a way to deal with those who speak up against them.
To the Editor: Wind energy is no miracle cure to global warming or foreign oil. Wind technology comes with its own risks and benefits. Goodhue County's 10-rotor setback is a common-sense standard that will help protect neighboring property values and prevent the worst problems from wind development. We worked hard to achieve this limited measure of protection. The work to ensure our local ordinance is not ignored is an ongoing legal battle. Goodhue County's failure to appeal the PUC's decision not to enforce the setback risks property values and even our health.
To the Editor: I am very good friends with Jessica Wagner. Her trailer burnt to the ground Saturday Nov. 19. She lost everything and, sadly, had no home owners insurance. But thankfully from the kindness of others she is slowly getting needed items. I went into Target this week and spoke to their manager, Travis, he grabbed a cart and said, "Let's go." And we got a full cart of items for the family. It touched my heart so much. The YMCA stepped up and donated her and her children a month membership. Many wonderful people in town have given her clothing and some household donations.
To the Editor: As a resident of Belle Creek Township in Goodhue County, I thank my Town Board supervisors for their courage to appeal the decision of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. With the AWA Goodhue Wind issue, they have always made the effort to inform the public and ask for comment before making any decision. They have served the citizens that elected them well. This issue has far-reaching effect as wind development across the U.S. is looking at what happens here. Belle Creek has been abandoned by the county that refuses to standup for its ordinance.