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To the Editor: As Congress negotiates the budget, college students around the country are concerned that their future is in jeopardy. The "Ryan Budget" passed by the U.S. House included a dramatic cut to the Pell Grant program, which makes it possible for more than 145,000 Minnesota college students to enroll in college and pursue a better life. This budget would drop the maximum Pell Grant award from the current $5,500 to $3,150 per year, making thousands of students now receiving grants entirely ineligible and significantly reducing grant aid for all eligible students.
To the Editor: In the first three months of 2011, ExxonMobil announced nearly $11 billion in profits, Shell $6.9 billion and BP $5.5 billion. In all, the five largest oil companies have reaped nearly $1 trillion in outrageous profits over the last 10 years. We know that oil companies don't need our hard-earned tax dollars, yet Congress gives $4 billion in tax breaks to big oil each year. Because of the sharply divided 5-4 Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court, corporations like ExxonMobil have money to burn and can now spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections.
To the editor: Why are we so "penny wise and pound foolish"? Another way of saying this is: Just because something is cheap or saves a little money in the beginning, if it does not do so in the end it is a wasteful and foolish way to spend your money. There are many examples in the present economy. We have closed our parks to save a little money on salaries, but we lose a huge amount on user fees. We have stopped paying people who collect state fees, but we would make more money than the salaries, if the fees were paid.
To the editor: Mr. Austin's recent letter (R-E, July 13-14) attempting to drag me into the morass that Sen. John Sterling Howe and the Republican Party has created in our state simply is more whining aimed at deflecting the huge property tax increase and severe cuts to nursing homes and education programs that the Republicans just past. Mr. Austin does have one thing right. I did vote, on several occasions, not to exempt 100 percent of veterans' retirement from state tax. What Mr.
To the Editor: Have you seen all the artists painting around Red Wing? Come to the Red Wing Arts Association Gallery in the Depot to see the results of the fifth Plein Air Arts Festival that was held here June 20-25. Over a hundred beautiful paintings done by 36 artists from many parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin are on display at the gallery through August.
To the editor: When does our city attorney represent the interests of the citizens of Red Wing, or is that position narrowly limited to representing the interests of the City Council? When those interests are at odds, which seems to be the case with the current voter initiative, how is that resolved? We have a "city attorney" not a City Council attorney, who is an officer of the "city." Contrast that with Red Wing having a "council administrator." When our citizen-paid city attorney addresses a data request under Minnesota Data Practices law, or citizen inquires under Minnesota Open M
To the Editor: Gov. Mark Dayton should stand strong on his budget plan. Supply-side economics is not the answer to our economic woes that many Republicans suggest it is. History has shown us that giving tax breaks to the rich and big businesses has not led to more jobs. (If that idea worked, we should have an abundance of jobs right now; they have received special tax breaks for the past 30 years). To turn the state around, we need to focus on the demand-side of economics. We need, for example, higher wages and more affordable health care.
To the Editor: The long nightmare of unchanging hopelessness is almost over. On Nov. 6, 2012, the American people will arise and resoundingly reject the Destroyers and their bankrupt poison of national debt and confiscation of your property. The Destoyers' duplicitous seizure of unconstitutional authority and executive power will be halted and dumped into the trash can of history. They are led by the Duplicator in Chief who opposed the Iraq campaign but finds no contradiction in taking sides in the Libyan civil war.
To the Editor: Why does John Kline support the Paul Ryan budget that eliminates Medicare and Medicaid? Compared to existing Medicare coverage, what level of coverage can a senior buy with a voucher 10 years from now? Also, why does Ryan look to massive cuts in spending as the only solution to the deficit? In Ryan's "Pathway to Prosperity," you will find a political tool which creates wedge issues for the upcoming 2012 elections.
To the Editor: In response to Chuck Friemel's letter (R-E, May 25): The voting card I.D. bill addresses a non-problem. The Secretary of State's Office, which is in charge of voting regulations, at the request of the Legislature did a study of voting fraud and came up with only 9 instances of actual fraud, in the past election, which involved nine individuals who were felons, voting unlawfully, probably through misunderstanding the law.