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To the Editor: Red Wing represents the best of the past, present and future. Two years ago I said I believe there is not a single city in Minnesota that holds greater potential for success and a secure future. Red Wing will make a meaningful decision Nov. 6 by selecting a mayor to lead our city and help set the direction and vision. Red Wing needs someone willing to bring new ideas and who understands the wide range of issues facing our community. I believe I bring the background, experience and leadership to help Red Wing move forward together.
To the Editor: When Amy Klobuchar ran for the U.S. Senate in 2006, she said having a $300 billion deficit was immoral. Yet, in her six years in the Senate, she has voted for nearly $8 trillion in new debt resulting in deficits exceeding a trillion dollars for four years in a row. The federal debt is now over $16 trillion -- that's $55,000 a citizen or $220,000 for a family of 4.
To the Editor: We strongly support Paul Drotos for election to the Goodhue County Board. He is a warm, down-to-earth person. Paul's countless hours spent volunteering shows how much he genuinely cares about the people of our community. Drotos has a vision for our future that includes new, non-tax ways to increase revenue, innovation in county services, and a complete ban of frac sand mining. Drotos is intelligent, well-educated and competent.
To the Editor: Early this year, we witnessed on TV the City Council sending out messengers to all of the City Commissions and Boards stating: If you had $14.88 million to spend, what would you spend the money on? The council members walked into these meetings giddy with excitement, with the anticipation of spending millions of citizens' hard-earned dollars taxed on the purchase of goods and services at Red Wing merchants. Why did the City Council decide it should put to the voters to spend more money, when the city has a generous budget? Why does city government think they should take
To the Editor: I am committed to a safe and secure community, protecting our citizens and environment. Our county must respond quickly to natural disasters or health epidemics. I work from a balanced approach, based on community need and sound business practices. I will not support unnecessary spending that would increase your taxes. Neighboring counties have lowered their tax levy. We can do the same. Many of you have made suggestions on how to respond to increased industrial mining. Continued study is needed.
To the Editor: When I first set eyes on the Hiawatha River Valley, I thought it was the most beautiful natural setting I had ever seen. I still do. Thirty-five years ago, I had the good sense to move here and marry a Red Wing girl. My parents instilled the kind of values that allowed me to fit right in: Appreciate, share and contribute. I am new to politics, but I am experienced at making government work. As the city of Red Wing's environmental officer, I understand that innovation drives efficiency.
To the Editor: I am Ralph Rauterkus and I'm asking for your support in my re-election to the City Council. Twenty-six years ago Mary and I chose Red Wing, with its excellent schools, diverse culture and caring citizens, as the ideal community to raise our family. As I travel throughout the region I'm proud to represent our great city. I have a wealth of civic experience and the private sector skills that's necessary to lead the City. Four years on the City Council, two years on the Port Authority, five years on the Planning Commission and many advisory committees.
To the Editor: No one likes the negative campaigning, but I'm compelled to address the issue. The DFL and others have spent over $125,000 misleading you about my voting record and attacking my character. The GOP recently responded with a flyer revealing Matt Schmit's arrest. It was done without my knowledge or approval, and I would have never authorized it, ever. (It's illegal to have any involvement in third party expenditures.) I have kept my campaign positive in spite of repeated attacks.
To the Editor: Nearly 10 months ago on a cold and snowy January night, over 100 supporters and I gathered to launch our campaign for state Senate in District 21. Since that night we've worked tirelessly to get our name and message out to every corner of the district.
To the Editor: I met Matt Schmit 10 years ago following my own election to the Minnesota Senate. As vice chair of the Education Finance Committee, I was an experienced lawmaker looking for help getting through an ominous 2003 session. Matt was an aspiring graduate student looking for some hands-on experience in public policy.