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To the Editor: In Dunn County 60 jobs were promised at one frac sand mine yet only 16 arrived. And now the hills are going, going, gone. Residents and farmers stand horrified, but nothing can be done. Mining was welcomed and is there to stay. In early May at a 160-acre sand mine near Blair, Wis., a river of wet sand washed more than 2,000 feet downhill onto neighboring properties, including into the first floor of a home and a garage before flowing into a wetland and a creek. In St. Croix County a sand mine holding pond leaked, allowing sand and sludge to flow into the St.
To the Editor: Nearly a year ago, Goodhue County put in place a moratorium to evaluate whether the current county mining ordinance was sufficient to control silica sand mines like the large (and largely unregulated) operations springing up all over Wisconsin. The board created the Mining Study Committee with the mandate of studying the concerns raised by citizens regarding these operations. The Mining Study Committee is poised to issue its report and draft ordinance to the County Advisory Planning Commission.
To the Editor: In regards to Tuesday's Republican Eagle article on the closing of the Faith in Action Central Goodhue County program, I wish to assure the community that their closing in no way affects Faith In Action in Red Wing. This is clearly stated toward the end of the story, but some have mistakenly assumed that it was our program. Every Minnesota Faith in Action program is entirely independent of the other. Faith in Action in Red Wing has, in fact, had the busiest June in our 13 years of operation.
To the Editor: We are so thankful that Merl Norman will seek another term as commissioner from Wabasha County's 3rd District. He is a principled leader as demonstrated by his willingness to often be the lone dissenting vote when the previous board makeup was considered to be little more than a rubber stamp commission for bureaucrats. This tax-and-spend board is how taxpayers ended up with a justice center that's three times the needed size.
To the Editor: An environmental impact study should be demanded by county commissioners before allowing any silica frac sand mining in Goodhue County or within any counties along the Mississippi River Valley. County Officials are elected to protect the health, welfare and safety of the citizens, not to grease the wheels of large conglomerate energy concerns. Consider the upcoming elections of commissioners. Do not re-elect any commissioner who does not demand a complete environmental impact study on our behalf.
To the Editor: I was quoted in an article about tanning, and I wanted the opportunity to comment a little further (R-E, May 2). I believe the American Academy of Dermatology has been unchallenged for years in beliefs about tanning. They have brainwashed the public at every level with their claims that tanning is bad for you. However, Brian Williams from the NBC Nightly News says, "Many doctors and health care professionals are now rethinking their advice about sun exposure, encouraging moderation instead of abstinence." The reason for this is the importance of vitamin D.
To the Editor: On Thursday June 28, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. This ruling was a victory for all Americans. Ironically, the decisive vote was cast by Chief Justice Roberts, not exactly a bastion of liberal causes. True, the USA is still 50 years behind the rest of the Western world with health care legislation; true, we rank 30th of 30 nations in the industrialized world vis-a-vis outcomes and cost. This legislation marks a small but definite step in the right (or Left) direction.
To the Editor: I had the opportunity to attend the public hearing Tuesday June 26. The purpose of the open house and public hearing was to present the Draft Report concerning silica sand mining, processing, and other operations related to the City of Red Wing's current moratorium. I want to take this opportunity to extend a public thank you to the members of the Red Wing Advisory Planning Commission and Red Wing Sustainability Commission for their work and research into the city's challenge in managing the potential exposure to silica sand mining, processing and other operations.
To the Editor: Thanks to everyone who attended the mailbox meeting June 18 in Millville. The feedback was constructive. One issue that was clarified by County Engineer Dietrich Flesch was the intent of the May 8 letter he sent to several hundred residents. His communication to "remove or bring your mailbox installation into compliance by July 15" was only intended to be a recommendation in an effort to notify them that they were out of compliance. Certainly we all support safety and want to encourage corrective actions regarding mailbox installation.
To the Editor: On behalf of all the Red Wing Shoe employees, retirees and their families I would like to thank the Red Wing in Bloom Foundation for efforts on the Levee Road grain silos. Art Kenyon, his team of volunteers and the artist, Kyle Holdridge, did a fabulous job recreating our Red Wing logo. We are all thankful your readers selected our company logo for the honor. We are proud to be part of such a supportive community. The wing displayed prominently on the silos makes us even prouder. Dave Murphy Red Wing Shoe Co. president