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To the Editor: I recently participated in being a interviewer for the Pierce County 4-H Ambassador program. I have to admit I was greatly surprised on how well these fine applicants were able to articulate their answers to questions of the interviewers. I, having very little to no knowledge of 4-H, was very impressed. In Pierce County, I always thought the 4 H's stood for me and three of my cousins. Either that or 4-Hines. I was hesitant to accept this position because of my lack of expertise in the 4-H program.
To the Editor: My grandfather Alva Conrad Rapp was a founder of the Belle Creek Watershed. It was created to promote conservation practices that will retain water on the land and direct water in a more productive and less intrusive ways to reduce soil erosion, pollution and flooding that protects public safety. Deaths have occurred because of this flooding. Unfortunately, we have become complacent. I am troubled and concerned that the watershed was unable to have essential input to the wetland issue regarding the AWA Goodhue industrial wind project. This is because on Sept.
Recently Rep. Steve Drazkowski and Sen. John Howe hosted a town meeting in Wabasha to give their views of the recent legislative session and state budget deal. The theme was the state is broke. I asked Drazkowski if it was true he voted against legislation that would have raised revenue by closing tax loopholes for corporations making money in Minnesota but sheltering it in tax havens overseas.
For the 15 years Democrats have been accusing the Republicans of engaging in class warfare. The Republicans, seeing that the Democrats were getting some traction from the label, adopted it and are accusing Democrats of its use against them. The problem is Republicans only have one "tactic" that smells of class warfare and that is the attempt to raise taxes on the rich. On the other hand, Democrats have utilized the tactic due to the following, as a partial list: 1. Attempts to lower minimum wage. 2. Attempts to reduce Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. 3.
To the Editor: The current Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives is the most anti-environmental chamber that the League of Conservation Voters has seen since it was organized 40 years ago. It also has been the biggest attack on our air, water, lands, wildlife and Environmental Protection Agency that I have ever seen. Some of the measures in their continuous unprecedented assault on our nation's bedrock environmental laws include the following: The Interior and Environmental spending bill would threaten lives and health by outrageous funding cuts.
To The Editor: As human beings we are totally and irrevocably dependent on adequate supply of air, and it must be clean, water, and it must also be clean and food and it must be free of impurities. These are not simply choices, but absolute, bare bone, necessities. Yet, how strange is it that the right wing of the Republican Party in Congress is working with great effort to either eliminate those agencies that protect those supplies or substantially reduce them so that they are of no effect? Puzzling, isn't it? Do you ever wonder what they are up to? Richard W. Johnson Wacouta
To the Editor: Wednesday morning about 40 people held a final protest at Alliant Technical (originally part of the Honeywell Corporation) in Eden Prairie, Minn. Twelve of us, including four nuns and several teachers, lined up at the entrance in completely nonviolent civil disobedience and presented officials a warrant for a citizens' arrest of the company's CEO on the grounds that ATK continues to produce materials and weapons of war used against combatants and civilians alike in disregard for international law developed during the Nuremberg Trials and the Geneva Conventions.
To the Editor: Thomas Perry invented and then started manufacturing the Aeromotor Windmill in 1888. That classic American farm icon was 87 percent more efficient than its predecessors; so, when hundreds of thousands of windmills were sold, they made farming easier and they pumped the water which won the American West. The countless hours of human and animal drudgery that were saved by this one invention could have built 1,000 Egyptian pyramids, but it went instead to build our own American labor saving society. Windmills have been labor-saving devices since mankind's earliest history.
To the Editor: I awoke to a local farm report on my radio to hear a farmer saying that most who farmed are concerned and careful for our environment in their practices. I believe this is true of the many farmers that I know.
To the Editor: Another political season grinds on, and we are once again beguiled into resigning our intellect, challenged only to find a comfortable place on the couch to watch the contenders drone on. They go for the cute, they attack, they stretch for the clever line. Their performance, overall, ranges from somewhere between vacuous to dispiriting. It's often said that we get the political leadership we as the electorate deserve. But how did we deserve this? Perhaps it is because we have not taken our responsibility as voters seriously. We have not collectively worked to shape a cul