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To the Editor: Thank you, Mike Longaecker, for your efforts on the article and photos of the outdoor classroom project (R-E, Sept. 19). It was very well written and a comfort to read. I appreciate your coverage of this important life goal that Kevin would be so thrilled to see becoming reality. I am eager for the high school students to be inspired by the classroom setting and to continue to find peace and reflection time when visiting the ring of honor.
To the Editor: Three out of 10 Americans cannot locate our country on a world map. Four out of 10 cannot name their congressman or senator. Five out of 10 wrongly believe 25 percent of our federal budget goes to foreign aid (actually 1 percent), and three out of 10 do not know Medicare and Medicaid are federal programs. Yet our media contacts dozens in weekly polls attempting to trace the public's wishes on political and policy issues.
To the Editor: The proliferation of "czars" (over 35 and counting) denies any reasonable logic, Can the president show any instance in which his functioning cabinet (already in place and funded) is unable to provide him timely and comprehensive support for any questions or problems he encounters? I am convinced he cannot. Why so? Consider the following Department of Energy example. All requests originating with the president get special treatment. They are assigned the highest priority and are acted on immediately.
To the Editor: What an interesting "coincidence" that Joe Wilson, who yelled, "You lie!" at President Obama, is from South Carolina. When I was a reference librarian in South Carolina, I learned about some of the famous South Carolinians, John C. Calhoun was the most famous senator, who espoused secession from the union and was a strong supporter of the institution of slavery. Calhoun gave many angry speeches. Just before the Civil War another South Carolina, Preston Brooks, beat Sen. Charles Sumner over the head with his cane on the floor of the U.S.
To the Editor: On Aug. 31, the Tomah (Wis.) Journal quoted Congressman Ron Kind: "I think those who have access to the veteran's health care system and their families understand the hard work and dedication the staff puts in. There is a lot of quality care, and it's a model for the coordinated, integrated care we should be striving for nationwide." Kind was perplexed at opposition to government-run health care.
To the Editor: Has our country lost its mind? It appears the party of the loyal opposition has morphed into multiple fractions without direction or boundaries -- with the most prominent representation nothing more than the height of hypocrisy fueled by fear and uninformed inaccuracies -- much like the fantasy terror of the latest 3-D fright flic that hit the theaters Labor Day holiday weekend. I have to ask, where is all of this motivation, involvement and dedicated passion when it comes to local community civic responsibility, the voting booth or seeking the truth with facts?
To the Editor: Each day our men and women of the armed forces continue to be called to leave their loved ones to support our freedom. We, the American Legion Post 54 Red Wing, are dedicated in supporting our military troops. One way we have been successful is by sending care packages to our deployed military folks. This is a call to citizens of the local areas asking for your support in donation of items or cash donations so that those items can be purchased; currently there is a list of items that have been identified located at the American Legion Post.
To the Editor: We are all concerned about the effects of global warming and, in response, wind turbine developers have been marching with their "green" flags. This of course allows them to reap huge financial benefits from the tax dollars paid by you and me. One argument we keep hearing is wind turbines will reduce our reliance on foreign oil. In 2008, U.S. oil consumption was 71 percent for transportation, 23 percent for industrial, 5 percent for residential and commercial, and 1 percent for electrical generation.
To the Editor: I welcome the news that four of eight unions representing city employees have agreed to a one-year contract extension that keep wages "flat" for the next year (R-E, Sept. 19). However, what might be "flat" in the public sector is not the same in the private sector. Flat wages in the private sector would mean no raises, nada. In the public sector that could mean no cost-of-living increase, but that significant step and lane increases still apply. The term "hard freeze" used in the public sector means no increases whatsoever, no COLA, step, or lane increases.
To the Editor: I often hear those who favor a public health care option say that if you think Medicare is failing, you better not be using it (R-E, Sept. 12). Why do people who argue the success of Medicare use it? They don't use it because they feel entitled, they use it because they have been paying for it out of no choice for years with contributions taken right out of their paychecks. It is their right to use any such care that is afforded to them. The government was supposed to handle the program differently. And now it is going broke.