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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.
To the Editor: You can never really know someone completely. With six candidates running for mayor, many voters are going to have to take a leap of faith -- hoping they made the right choice -- knowing there are probably two or three candidates who would represent their views. It's terrifying, really, taking someone on faith. I think some people will stay home on June 11 because they cannot make up their mind. I hope not. Democracy is not a spectator sport. Participation is required for the best outcome. Perhaps I can help a bit.
To the Editor: Red Wing needs a mayor that can set politics aside and see that real work gets done. A good mayor has the experience of working with the people of Red Wing and has the desire to talk and listen to the people in the community. Beth Kocina has the experience. She was employed with Goodhue County for 10 years and the city of Red Wing for 14 years. She continues to work with our local citizens through the insurance industry and has listened to the views of the people for many years. Beth believes that a healthy city requires blending the ideas of all concerned residents.