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To the Editor: The proposed voter ID constitutional amendment on this November's ballot should, for the sake of our democracy, be thoroughly and decisively defeated. Our founders guaranteed the right to vote in our United States Constitution. This amendment will destroy that opportunity for hundreds of Minnesotans. Some years back the Department of Natural Resources went to automatic issuance of hunting and fishing licenses. By simply swiping your driver's license through a card reader, a fishing/hunting license was printed. Within hours my phone was ringing off the hook.
To the Editor: We are fortunate that Paul Drotos has stepped forward to serve Goodhue County. He will bring fresh perspectives, insight and energy to the County Board. A 2010 survey of public institution boards shows the average number of consecutive terms is two. The average length of terms is 5.7 years. If re-elected, Paul Drotos' opponent, Ted Seifert, will have served 14 years. Drotos' dedicated passion is to conserve our environment for current and future generations. He has the training, experience and willingness to challenge powerful financial interests.
To the Editor: Thank you, Commissioners Ted Seifert and Ron Allen, for your pursuit in getting the misuse of the county's original resolution of support of the then Goodhue Wind project the attention it deserves. Seifert and Allen were well aware that their motion to rescind support would not be passed, thus any argument of them putting the county at risk of suit would not occur. Further argument in favor, however as intended, caused continued and lengthy conversation spotlighting the abuse of C-BED and its intended purpose.
To the editor: This letter is in response to the recent articles in the Eagle on the work Fairmount Minerals is doing with Trout Unlimited and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (R-E, Sept. 29), and the "Aw, Shucks" letter of Oct. 4. Sustainable development is a fundamental value for Fairmount Minerals. We have a robust sustainable development process supporting our communities and non-profit organizations with donations and volunteer labor. I am proud to work for a company and with co-workers that demonstrate sustainable development as a value.
To the Editor: Amelia Schoeneman wrote endorsing continuing tax credits for wind energy (R-E, Sept. 29). Wind energy is not "clearly a winner in Minnesota." The Production Tax Credit or PTC should not be extended. I thank Rep. John Kline for signing a letter stating the wind PTC needs to end. His actions are responsible and grounded in reality. Wind hand-outs need to stop. Wind has not proven itself, has negative impacts, and is costly.
To the Editor: For the past year, I have been doing research on the history of KAAA/KCUE for my master's thesis in music history. My thesis topic is based on country/western radio shows in Minnesota from the 1940s and 1950s. The reason why I chose this topic is because of my grandfather's radio show from that time. His name: Ronnie Owens. My article is published in this month's issue of Today Magazine and I have outlined what I know about his time on KAAA. The information I have is a good start, but I need more.
To the Editor: I have a friend who had a wonderful, quirky and eccentric son. I liked the fact that from early on he wasn't like everyone else; it made him unique. Being different as a teenager isn't always a good thing and he was tormented and bullied relentlessly. The message of hate took hold: He became conflicted and began to hate himself. Sadly, he committed suicide before he could enter adulthood. I didn't know if he was gay, frankly I didn't care, but he was perceived gay. Being different to some is threatening.
To the Editor: Over the past four years I have witnessed both the good and bad in Goodhue County government and politics. Commissioner Ted Seifert is definitely in the good classification. Seifert always has time to listen to concerns raised by citizens. When new facts have been brought before him, he has changed his position in order to protect Goodhue County and its citizens. All elected officials should be willing to do this. Seifert is a financially conservative voice on the board. Other commissioners want to keep raising and spending our tax dollars as if there's no recession.
To the Editor: I believe Senator John Howe is doing a good job representing us in the Minnesota Legislature. I think he is bringing some "common sense" and accountability to Minnesota state government. I believe his first, short term in the legislature has shown to me a positive change in our state government. I believe John has done a good job of studying the issues facing Minnesota and the issues facing the communities in his Senate district.
To the Editor: I was in the audience at a recent candidate forum. I was struck by the amount of passion commissioner candidate Paul Drotos has about the future of Goodhue County. When asked what new ideas he would bring, Drotos fired off answers so fast the audience could not keep up - from sustainability, to new revenue ideas, to new energy production and other things I did not catch.