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To the Editor: Upon hearing that the mayor of Red Wing has accepted a position of executive director of the Minnesota Industrial Sand Council, in effect a lobbyist for the sand industry, I was surprised, due to the clear conflict of interest. After further thought I'm not just surprised, I'm stunned that a mayor or anyone else cannot see the obvious and clearly compromising position created here. The mayor has privy to internal information, research and public comment. He has an office at City Hall. He has a seat at the City Council meetings.
To the Editor: Last November I had a letter criticizing Mayor Dennis Egan for sponsoring a "community forum" on frac sand mining without representation from the community and asking that community voices be included (R-E, Nov. 11).
To the Editor: Is anyone else concerned that the mayor of Red Wing, who is purportedly in office to watch out for the health and safety of his constituents, is acting as the chief lobbyist for the frac sand industry in Minnesota? According to an article published in Politics in Minnesota on Feb. 1, Mr. Egan is now the executive director of the Minnesota Industrial Sand Council. It would appear like the Fox is guarding the Hen House. Fred Harding Maiden Rock
To the Editor: In a recent article in the online publication Politics in Minnesota, it was reported that Mayor Dennis Egan is lobbying on behalf of sand mining interests at the state Capitol, as the executive director of the Minnesota Industrial Sand Council, a recently formed lobbying group. Egan's political job right now is the mayor of Red Wing, where he should be representing the interests of all residents.
To the Editor: Are we really that blind? I am writing as a concerned citizen who lives along the Mississippi River. I am for increasing the number of wind farms for sustainable power. I am not for allowing New Era Wind to have its location in an area that would affect the eagle population. I was appalled when I recently heard that the proposed farm in Goodhue County would kill approximately 15 eagles a year.
To the Editor: Tom Dwelle's letter (R-E, Jan. 23) is a case of "the pot calling the kettle black." He was guilty of all the same issues while on the board of commissioners. In case you forgot, Tom, you saddled the taxpayer with a $32 million Criminal Justice Center that will take 20 years to pay for -- if it doesn't bankrupt Wabasha County first. How many times did you use money from the reserves when you were on the board? Or did you forget that you did that?
To the Editor: Last summer the Goodhue County Habitat For Humanity board voted to undertake a Women Build in Red Wing knowing this had been successfully done in towns and cities all across the U.S. and in Minnesota in the past 13 years. Since then, the excitement has been building! Every habitat build needs these five things: A lot to build on, which will be we have purchased at 621 Jefferson St. A construction manager, who will be hired soon. A partner family for whom to build the home: applications are being taken at the GCHFH office. Scores of volunteers.
To the Editor: While counties and communities (Pine Island and Spring Grove recently) all around Minnesota are coming to the same conclusion, that eliminating the position of administrator is a cost saving measure, the Wabasha County Board seems bent on dragging Wabasha County backwards. What is their reasoning? "We have a study." A study is just that - a study. Not a mandate and a 50-50 chance it's a bad idea. The last time Don Springer was on the board waving a study in the air like it was the 10 Commandments. All reason and logic was checked at the board room door.
To the Editor: Now that millions of dollars have been spent to pass and defeat the marriage amendment, get ready for the next step. Matthew 19 in the New Testament is cited as the authority for declaring that marriage can only be between one man and one woman even though it doesn't say "one man; one woman" in Matthew 19. It doesn't say "one man one woman at a time" or "one woman one man at a time" either. It does say "Any man who divorces his wife and marries another is committing adultery against his first wife." In the Old Testament.
To the Editor: Citizens of Red Wing, we need your help in some of these cemeteries. I do believe that when you buy a cemetery lot, it's your responsibility to repair stones and whatever. First of all, we must find out from the cemetery board what we can do to improve them. I know we all have respect as we have all lost loved ones. We need volunteers, ladies and gentlemen, leaders and masons; a lot of these stones need to be repaired. Some are broken in two or the foundation has sagged or fallen in. We could put donation jars in business places to pay for Project Respect.