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To the Editor: Some members of Congress have declared war on the Clean Air Act, one of our country's most important laws protecting the air we breathe. Despite 40 years of the law's success, these lawmakers say we can no longer afford the act's protections. What they don't mention is that the act has saved thousands of lives by cleaning up dirty air and has held polluters accountable, creating benefits valued at $22.2 trillion -- 42 times the estimated costs of its regulations. Updated Clean Air Act standards will help spur innovation and create jobs. Following an order of the U.S.
To the Editor: I've attended every Mining Study Committee meeting since October. I fully respect their effort and commitment and want to say thank you. However, my observation is there's a significant caveat regarding the depth and breadth of their report. It's like saying the study committee explored the entire Atlantic Ocean but in fact they just went wading at a Florida beach. They are an intelligent group, but they are not the Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Transportation or the Public Health Department.
To the Editor: If citizens are going to foot the bill for alternative energy, it is important we base this decision on facts, not assumptions or perceptions. Many U.S. citizens and some public officials believe wind energy has a proven scientific benefit: it will reduce global warming and decrease dependence upon foreign oil. This is factually wrong and is a carefully managed perception: a perception deception.
To the Editor: Every year the Amos Owen Award is presented to a deserving individual during the Red Wing Diversity Festival in Central Park. And it will happen again this year on Sept. 8. Amos Owen was a Prairie Island Mdewakanton elder and spiritual leader who lived near Welch, and spent his lifetime promoting healing and understanding between Indian and non-Indian people.
To the Editor: I am writing to encourage the County Board members to extend the moratorium relative to the frac silica sand mining issue until the people of this area have an adequate time to discuss and be fully informed about the effects of this kind of mining on our environment. I personally believe that if allowed it will be the end of life as we have known it in this area forever. I personally know nobody who is in favor to move ahead with this project. The people I know want the "zero option." Recent articles in the St.
To the Editor: Shareholders of oil companies interested in this area: For your next vacation, we invite you to visit the beautiful valley and blufflands of Red Wing, in Goodhue County, Minn. From whatever approach you take to get here, you see the forest covered hills, the area that even the ancient glaciers left alone. The Mississippi River follows the remains of the River Warren, which drained the glacial Lake Agassiz, and left a spectacular valley lined with bluffs that some of the first settlers here considered mountains.
To the Editor: Pride in America. Show your ID. Stop it! Stop it! Our government is acting like little kids regarding voter ID. When you show your ID, it says you're proud to use your right to vote in America. Plain and simple. Stop behaving like bickering children. Be proud of your rights and step up with pride. B.A. Lundberg Red Wing
To the Editor: Silica sand mining is the most challenging issue our community has faced in some time. If residents pay attention to anything, this should be it. If we don't join together, we can kiss quality of life goodbye. Midland Texas Co.'s silica sand mining project will up-end all that is right within the Hiawatha Valley. Water and air quality, river, bluff and valley vistas will be challenged; much will be destroyed.
To the Editor: Ted Siefert and Paul Drotos, the two candidates running for Goodhue County commissioner in Red Wing's District 5, recently spoke on Roseanne Grosso's morning show. The subject of frac sand mining in Goodhue County was raised. Crystalline silica, otherwise known as frac sand, is a cancer-causer. Slowly, painfully, it suffocates the lungs. Siefert said we can't be too choosy about the industries we allow to do business here. Drotos said he supports a ban of the frac sand mining industry.
To the Editor: After attending the public hearing in Red Wing on Monday July 16 and listening to all the testimony of people who so eloquently and specifically spoke to the Goodhue County Planning Advisory Commission I have decided to speak out to the public and commissioners. I ask the planning commission to say "no" to any silica frac sand mining in Goodhue County and Hay Creek Township. After 30 years leave of absence, I moved back home where my family has been for more than 200 years.