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To the Editor: There are numerous questions beginning to surface regarding the legitimacy and transparency surrounding the Wabasha County Government Study Commission.
To the Editor: This isn't a letter against Red Wing Municipal Golf Corp. and its pursuit to run Mississippi National. They are hardworking, passionate supporters and, if passion could solve this problem, they would be the solution. Unfortunately, the only thing that will solve this problem is money. This is a letter in response to Council member Jason Sebion's outrageous claims (R-E, March 16). Sebion claims to be a watchdog for taxpayers. He also claims that giving RWMGC a chance will save taxpayers $400,000.
To the Editor: The Red Wing Skate Club put on a great show this year: "That's The Ticket." The girls worked so hard and it showed. They had two competition teams this year and did great at the competitions. In Blaine, the Brides took first place and Jungle Jive took second place. In St. Paul, Jungle Jive took first and the Brides took third. What a great accomplishment from a small figure skating group. It makes me sad that they still don't get seen as a sport. The muscles that you need to do the most basic move in itself impressive.
To the Editor: Sequestration may not be perfect, but it's a start in the right direction. Our president proposed, lobbied for and sign legislation that has created this sequestration. Now he is campaigning that this minor decrease in the increase of the federal budget will cause calamity. Currently, lawmakers are borrowing on our behalf and obligating us to 43 cents of every $1 they spend. Spending like this in President Obama's tenure has caused our debt to double to $16 trillion (very close or over the GDP). The spending was claimed necessary to revive the economy.
To the Editor: When I ran for Red Wing City Council, one of my goals was to increase meaningful communication between the council and residents. Another was to keep a watchful eye on spending and look for the best deal for taxpayers. With those goals in mind, I want to make sure residents understand what Mississippi National Golf Course is costing us. On Feb. 25, we approved $200,000 to "mothball" MNGL. This doesn't include taxes, equipment, security, utilities and basic maintenance, which could add $175,000.
To the Editor: So, you're elected to public office. You recklessly disregard a major topic that many of your constituents are very interested in. The citizens let you know of their disappointment. Then apparently everybody with any relationship to the publishing industry considers this to be a sign of the downfall of democracy. I don't get it, do you? Peter Gross Red Wing
To the Editor: The Albrechts' commentary (Feb. 27) in part addressed the appropriateness of silica mining on this area. I agree wholeheartedly with their point that "Mining which negatively impacts the bluffs, our transportation infrastructure, our waters ... or our air quality needs to be examined." Unfortunately, because of "personal inspection" just across the river, the Albrechts' erroneously concluded that "the regulators" are firmly in place. By regulators, they probably mean the MPCA, DNR, and MSHA. I've personally talked to these regulators.
To the Editor: I thank Sen. Matt Schmit for introducing a frac sand bill at the Capitol last Tuesday. His bill is a "three-legged stool" which contains a state moratorium, a generic environmental impact statement and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency standards. The language containing a multi-county sand board and severance tax is like a "cushion" on top of the stool - nice- but not required for functionality. The three legs are the most important part.
To the Editor: On Thursday March 14, the American Association of University Women Red Wing Area Branch will welcome middle school girls to the 10th annual Brave New Girls Conference. The 2013 theme is "Stretch Yourselves!" and the event takes place at the Red Wing YMCA. It's tempting to guess that the afternoon will be about exercise and fitness. It is that and more! The girls will stretch their bodies during a group Zumba! workout, a wildly popular, fun fitness experience. The girls will stretch their imaginations by exploring careers in health and fitness with Dr.
To the Editor: As a local citizen who's been quite involved in the issue of silica sand mining, I would like to add some comments to several of the letters that appeared in the Wednesday Feb. 27 edition of the Red Wing Republican Eagle. First, to the letter written by Arlin and Marilyn Albrecht, I say "Hear, hear!" They hit the issue square on the head. I dare say Red Wing lost a strong ally with the resignation of Mayor Dennis Egan.