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To the Editor: In support of a recent letter endorsing ranked-choice voting (R-E, June 12), I add the following thoughts. Our mayoral election pitted six candidates for our vote in a single election. The winner unofficially took 945 of 2,445 votes cast or roughly 38 percent of the vote. This is in the same electoral territory that Jesse Ventura won the governorship in 1998. None of our mayoral candidates supported ranked-choice voting. They, and Red Wing at large, should really consider that position. Why? Because the simple truth is that more people voted against the winner than for him.
To the Editor: Our one chance, our last chance may be now. I have been working to protect our community from unregulated silica mining since March 2011 when an Oklahoma oil company bought 155 acres on a bluff, adjacent to a residential development, a state forest and two watersheds that run into Hay Creek. I have learned more about silica mining than I wanted to learn. I have read hundreds of articles, ordinances and reports. I have spoken with people living near silica mines and those developing ordinances elsewhere. I have listened to the experts.
To the Editor: It's not often that a "new" industry threatens to change the character of a community in the way silica mining threatens to change Goodhue County. Commissioners recognized this and enacted and extended a moratorium, formed the Mining Study Committee, hired consultants and considered the issue in meetings and hearings. On June 18, commissioners will take up proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Article 14 (mineral extraction).
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To the Editor: Service clubs are an important part of every community because they're always trying to make things better. Organized volunteers do so many things for Red Wing that we need to remind ourselves that flower baskets just don't happen and that all fourth-graders don't always get free dictionaries. Please also remember that without participation in fund raising events, our service clubs couldn't do anything and there wouldn't be anything to do.
To the Editor: The polling location for Jordan Tower and Downtown Plaza residents has been moved to Colvill Court. Since these residents are least likely to drive themselves, it means $3 round trip on city bus for elderly and handicapped people to vote. That is like putting a poll tax on our elderly residents. Sure, we can offer them a ride, but some of them have a hard time getting into an ordinary car. There was always a polling place in the past at Jordan Towers. As of this election day, there was not the ability to have organized absentee voting at all senior housing communities.
To the Editor: How can Christians cause the greatest outcry against what has happened here in Minnesota? What about a prayer riot? I was inspired by the riots that broke out in France after lawmakers approved unnatural marriage there. The media did not report it. A friend from Moscow sent me a link to what President Putin said after he heard of the French government's decision. He was letting France and other countries know that Russia may be changing its policy on allowing adoptions to France and other countries in the West who allow unnatural marriages.
To the Editor: With six active candidates and no runoff, Red Wing's mayoral election may well have left us with a victor who received less than a third of the vote. It could be that more people would have preferred anyone else. (The results are unknown as this is written, and the Canvass Board won't meet until Friday to certify any vote count.) The choice to conduct an election in this fashion robs the electorate of a chance to effectively voice their preference.
To the Editor: Red Wing is fortunate to have six candidates vying for the mayor position. I extend a thank you to each of them for wanting to get involved. Having served in various positions including council member and mayor of Lake City for 30 years, I can attest to the importance of your upcoming election and getting the right candidate to represent your city in a positive and meaningful way. Having worked with John Sachen at Hearth & Home Industries, I can assure you he will provide the leadership that is required and definitely will work as a team member with the council.
To the Editor: The future Mayor of Red Wing must possess a comprehensive knowledge of the workings of all facets of our city government.