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To the Editor: Local control. Local safety for citizens. Ellen Anderson ruled not once, but twice, against Goodhue County citizens. On June 30, 2011, Anderson's stated reason for "good cause" not to apply our county ordinance was, "I don't like it." Several times Commissioner Dennis O'Brien stated his belief that Minnesota Law requires more than dislike to discount county ordinance. One specific example from our ordinance is a 1.1 times turbine height set back from existing right of ways. There are two petroleum pipe lines in the AWA Goodhue project foot print.
To the Editor: We were so happy to hear of the honor bestowed upon Roy and Al Lodermeier (along with all the other first responders, Mayo One crew and Dr. White); all of whom we treasure. If it were not for all of their persistence, Howard would not be here today to enjoy life. We have moved from Goodhue to Santa Fe, N.M., where we are enjoying life to its fullest but will never forget all of our heroes in Goodhue and Minnesota.
To the Editor: I am an independent voter who used to feel that Democrats were more concerned about average taxpayers and the environment. That belief was shattered by Ellen Anderson. I voted for Gov. Mark Dayton and I am very disappointed in his and Anderson's stance on industrial wind. It was entirely fair for Republicans to reject Anderson. The governor appoints the Public Utilities Commission members, but they must also win legislative approval. The intension is that the appointees will be acceptable to all members of the public.
To the Editor: I have been following the first couple of weeks at the Minnesota Capitol, and I must say I am glad that Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Chair Ellen Anderson is no longer in that position. I have personally watched her in action at the MPUC -- since her appointment last March -- regarding the AWA Goodhue Wind Project in Goodhue County.
To the Editor: As many of your readers know, 25 years ago Congress established a repository for nuclear waste underneath Yucca Mountain in the Nevada desert. Three years ago, however, the president pulled the plug on the Yucca Mountain site, essentially eliminating one of our nation's most viable options for long-term nuclear waste storage. Last week, the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future issued its final report on managing nuclear waste. Despite pressure from me and other members to recommend a specific long-term site in the report, it contains no such guidance.
To the Editor: Caucus night is 7 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 7. The caucus is the place for ordinary people to be heard. If you have strong feelings about what needs to happen to improve the quality of our democracy, then this is the time for you to help make it happen. All parties have fundamental actions taken at caucus: Cast a straw ballot for their presidential candidate of choice; elect representatives to their district conventions; and introduce resolutions to be included in their respective platforms. One resolution that should be of interest to all is one on ranked choice voting.
To the Editor: The recent ousting of former state Sen. Ellen Anderson from the chairmanship of the Public Utilities Commission is another prime example of Republicans' willingness to do harm to our state in order to advance their narrow minded self-serving agenda. As many in our district will remember, Anderson is not a supporter of nuclear power and fought us in both of the battles to keep the Prairie Island nuclear plant open.
To the Editor: Last December the Fairview Hospital Auxiliary celebrated the 26h anniversary of the Lights of Love program. Many individuals and organizations contributed to the success of the celebration through their willingness to advertise the event and provide contribution forms. From poster displays, to digital advertising, restaurant table tents and on-air interviews, the word of the event and the cause that it supports was conveyed to our community, and the community responded with generosity. Hospital staff helped with promotion and kept records.
To the Editor: Those of us who still stand vigil in John Rich Park every Friday afternoon appreciate the kind words of support by Dick Johnson where he called us "patriots" (R-E, Jan. 28). It is an honor to be called a patriot, but I personally do not think of myself as one. Our mission has not been accomplished - far from it. I say this because nothing has really changed. Sure, the war in Iraq seems to have ended but we are still fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We left Iraq with a terrible mess and will end up doing the same in Afghanistan. The U.S.
To the Editor: Finally, now it's our turn. Feb. 7, beginning at 7 p.m., is caucus night in Minnesota. Besides the ballot box, this caucus meeting is the opportunity for Minnesota citizens to take part in crafting policies and ideas for governing our state and our country. Last year the Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature were able to turn a big debt into a modest surplus without raising taxes. Three years ago this country elected a man as president we knew very little about. Now we know more.