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To the Editor: In 1787, a group of angry farmers in Massachusetts rebelled against oppressive taxes, credit regulations, and foreclosure laws that put many into debt, foreclosure, and jail. They closed the courts and freed many debtors and protestors from jail. John Adams, the president at the time, created the Riot Act which outlawed illegal assemblies. The rebellion was suppressed by military force and caused some leaders in the new nation to push for a stronger central government.
To the Editor: One week prior to the state convention May 18-19, national news announced Texan Ron Paul had dropped from the GOP race for president. They had no legitimate reason to say this. This was after Fox to ABC, NBC, etc. had for months did everything to make it look like Paul did not exist or to ridicule him during the debates or when he was occasionally mentioned. And with no statistical evidence they constantly refer to Mint Romney as "the presumptive candidate." Needless to say, Paul delegates and alternates were skeptical and on guard when we entered the St.
To the Editor: Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer is a professor of peace and justice at St. Thomas University in St. Paul. With a lifetime commitment to these issues, he is now promoting a resolution called MN ASAP or Minnesota Arms Spending Alternatives Project. This has an emphasis to shift federal and state funding priorities from violence and war and the interests of the few to meeting the essential needs of everyone.
To the Editor: Each day, six days a week, letter carriers traverse 4 million miles carrying an average of 563 pieces of mail, reaching to our very doorsteps in every single community in America. They ride snowmobiles to reach iced-in villages, fly bush planes into outback wilderness areas that have no roads and run mail boats out to remote islands in places like Maine and Washington state. Everyone in America depends on the postal service. All that for 45 cents.
Our local Evangelical Lutheran Church in America synod, Southeast Minnesota, voted this month to oppose the marriage amendment that will be on the ballot Nov. 6. I live in Wisconsin but I'm serving as a clergy person in Red Wing and I agree wholeheartedly with this decision. We in the ELCA have long struggled with the question of the full inclusion of sexual minorities and we've agreed to disagree even as we welcome, care for, and support them and work to advocate for their legal protection.
To the Editor: I read the comments on Kent Laugen's finding of misleading our community's concept of job creation in Red Wing (R-E, May 19). It made me think back on our 40 years here in rural Welch, specifically Burnside Township. I hear from neighbors the edginess about being "annexed" to the city over 40 years ago for the tax advantage of the new nuclear plant.
To the Editor: I had surgery at Fairview Red Wing Medical Center and want to sing praises of the wonderful care I received. Linda L. was my nurse from start to finish. I was so nervous, wanting to be a good patient but preoccupied about the whole thing.
To the Editor: In "Port, look harder at sand shipment" (R-E, May 15) Rob Meyer states that unlike sand box sand, the sand out of Wisconsin is much more insidious and is analogous to asbestos with which, he says, it has mineral kinship. I understand Meyer's concern is exposure to silica dust with potential complications of silicosis that can lead to lung cancers. However, the sand being brought in is processed, ready for insertion into the oil or gas well head.
To the Editor: On May 15, we were found guilty of trespass upon the property of Alliant Techsystems, the Minnesota weapons manufacturer headquartered in Eden Prairie until a recent move to the Washington, D.C., area. On Sept. 28, about 40 protesters, after completing their weekly Wednesday morning vigil outside company property, marched to the entrance where 12 attempted to deliver documents to the company president, including excerpts from Minnesota statutes describing the "Claim of Right" to trespass, the U.S.
To the Editor: Have you ever considered running for elected office? If so, don't hesitate to throw your hat in the ring -- filing opens May 22 through June 5. There are lots of Red Wing offices to choose from in 2012. City Council seats are open in Ward 1; Ward 2 and Wards 3/4. The mayor's position also will be on the ballot. If city office isn't your interest and education is, the Red Wing School District will have four board positions on the ballot.