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To the Editor: At ArtReach, we believe that creative expression is a fundamental need of all people that contributes to our community's quality of life. Our mission is simple: to provide access to the arts and the enrichment that it brings. One of the areas that we have been trying to focus on in 2012 and 2013 is the organization and implementation of several community art projects in Red Wing. We hope that by organizing these projects, we can encourage not only creativity, but also build on the feeling of community in Red Wing.
To the Editor: I would like to tell you the truth about the terrible things printed about me. My picture again appeared in the paper (R-E, Feb. 9). The last time was Oct. 17. The paper made it sound like I spent four days in jail. I did not. I went in four days earlier for fingerprinting. The gals at the jail were so nice. They even thanked me for coming in early to get it done. While they were doing a background check, they put the jail coat on me, took my picture and let me go. Where are all the hard-core criminal pictures?
To the Editor: Mayor Egan, with all due respect, please do the right thing and resign as mayor. Regardless of whether or not a statutory conflict of interest is involved in your situation, your effectiveness and credibility have been severely, if not irreparably, compromised.
To the Editor: Recently there was an excellent article about identifying and responding to bullying at Burnside Elementary School (R-E, Jan. 19). There is much to be learned with continuation of possibilities for reaching out to and teaching everyone about this concept. Our young people are the future of our communities. We all can learn from them and with them. It seems that there are three areas in which improvement can be implemented.
To the Editor: Mayor Dennis Egan's egregious affront to the Red Wing community that entrusted him to represent it is outrageous and unacceptable. His interests clearly lie elsewhere, without consideration for those he vowed to serve. Dennis, you must resign as mayor immediately due to your blatant conflict of interest in representing those who don't care if our environment is destroyed and our health is jeopardized. A sadly disappointed Red Wing Community member and bamboozled voter, Shawn Pettit Red Wing
To the Editor: Red Wing has been a welcoming and enriching city to come home to in my retirement three years ago! I enjoy living in Red Wing. Increasingly, I am becoming more aware of all of the energy and talent of the folks who make this town what it is and enable all of us to have a good life. An example of this energy and talent is the award given recently to the 2012 Red Wing Neighbor as described in last week's Eagle. I add my congratulations to the winner. In order for this good life to continue, I have a urgent recommendation.
To the Editor: The recent developments surrounding the mayor of Red Wing and his employment with the sand mining industry as a paid lobbyist are extremely troubling. It matters not how you feel about the issue of frac sand mining or the use of hydraulic fracturing to harvest gas and oil; the distressing concern at hand is both a matter of law and one of integrity. I cannot claim to be an expert in the matter of conflict-of-interest issues. But, during the dry-cask storage debates of the early '90s I was accused of having a "conflict of interest" because of my employment with NSP.
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