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To the Editor: The Albrechts' commentary (Feb. 27) in part addressed the appropriateness of silica mining on this area. I agree wholeheartedly with their point that "Mining which negatively impacts the bluffs, our transportation infrastructure, our waters ... or our air quality needs to be examined." Unfortunately, because of "personal inspection" just across the river, the Albrechts' erroneously concluded that "the regulators" are firmly in place. By regulators, they probably mean the MPCA, DNR, and MSHA. I've personally talked to these regulators.
To the Editor: I thank Sen. Matt Schmit for introducing a frac sand bill at the Capitol last Tuesday. His bill is a "three-legged stool" which contains a state moratorium, a generic environmental impact statement and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency standards. The language containing a multi-county sand board and severance tax is like a "cushion" on top of the stool - nice- but not required for functionality. The three legs are the most important part.
To the Editor: On Thursday March 14, the American Association of University Women Red Wing Area Branch will welcome middle school girls to the 10th annual Brave New Girls Conference. The 2013 theme is "Stretch Yourselves!" and the event takes place at the Red Wing YMCA. It's tempting to guess that the afternoon will be about exercise and fitness. It is that and more! The girls will stretch their bodies during a group Zumba! workout, a wildly popular, fun fitness experience. The girls will stretch their imaginations by exploring careers in health and fitness with Dr.
To the Editor: As a local citizen who's been quite involved in the issue of silica sand mining, I would like to add some comments to several of the letters that appeared in the Wednesday Feb. 27 edition of the Red Wing Republican Eagle. First, to the letter written by Arlin and Marilyn Albrecht, I say "Hear, hear!" They hit the issue square on the head. I dare say Red Wing lost a strong ally with the resignation of Mayor Dennis Egan.
To the Editor: In the letters to the editor in the R-E Feb.
To the Editor: When Mayor Egan took his turn to speak his piece at Monday night's council meeting, it illustrated exactly my concern: that Dennis Egan is a mouthpiece for the frac sand industry.
To the Editor: On Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013, at approximately 8:45 a.m., I died. Seriously. I had a cardiac arrest -- no heartbeat, no pulse. My life was gone. Fortunately, my heart attack occurred at the Red Wing YMCA where the immediate response of my wife and the professional expertise of the Y staff restored me. CPR compressions were begun immediately by a tag team consisting of some members, a YMCA trainer and a Mayo athletic trainer working at the Y, while a third staffer secured the AED device for employment.
To the Editor: I have been reading the vast criticism of Mayor Dennis Egan's acceptance of the position of executive director of the Minnesota Industrial Sand Council with a bit of interest. Perhaps someone can enlighten the citizens of Red Wing on where the problem lies. A weak-mayor form of government is described in the following definition from Wikipedia.org (Google weak mayor system): "In a 'weak' mayor-council system, the mayor has no formal authority outside of the council; he/she cannot appoint and/or remove officials, and lacks veto power over council votes.
To the Editor: The actions of the Red Wing City Council should chill the hearts of freedom-loving citizens of Red Wing. Because of political opposition to an issue, the members of the City Council sought to bully and intimidate a duly elected official. I believe if Mayor Dennis Egan had recently acquired a client who wished to hire his services in opposition to sand fracking, they would have given him an award rather than move to investigate him. Red Wing's legal counsel affirmed there is no standing to oppose Egan's business connection and no reason to legally suspect him of wrong doing.
To the Editor: It was interesting to hear the president's perception of the condition of our country in the annual State of the Union speech earlier this week. So, just what is the state of our nation? $3.60-plus a gallon gas prices Unemployment 8 percent or more for over four years Annual federal budget deficits $800 billion to $1.6 trillion for over four years $16,500,000,000,000 national debt and climbing. I guess if this is the new normal, then everything is great. Paul Kampe Red Wing