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To the Editor: We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the area businesses, churches, Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing residents/staff, and numerous groups/individuals who donated their time and monies to help make the 2012 CROP Hunger Walk a tremendous success. On Sunday Oct. 7, 120 walkers participated in the CROP Walk and raised over $13,200.
To the Editor: Another opportunity for information and dialogue lost. That's what the headline should say in the Republican Eagle about Thursday evening's 2020 Quarterly Community Forum held at the Sheldon Theatre. Topic of discussion was the "Frac Sand Industry: A Public Informational Meeting." Unfortunately what the public received from the panel of "experts" was a lot of propaganda that was long on language and short on solid answers leaving little time for audience participation. Just another well-rehearsed play written by the oil and gas industry.
To the Editor: Lake City Public Schools and Bluff View Elementary School hosted the Camp Invention program this summer. Camp Invention Director Marie Stoker and the talented local teaching camp staff helped to prepare local youths for future success through practical application of the 21st century learning skills such as teamwork, creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving. Twenty-three Lake City elementary students joined over 77,000 students nationwide in tackling exciting hands-on STEM challenges at the Camp Invention program.
To the Editor: As Hurricane Sandy's devastation plagues the Northeast, we need to acknowledge the work of the scientists at NOAA who correctly predicted for a week the unusual path and extent of this storm. The storm's size that far north and its westerly turn were unprecedented. One storm does not make a trend, but those same scientists and others are telling us this could be the norm as global warming continues.
To the Editor: How refreshing, after the brutal election cycle, to stand in a packed gymnasium and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The patriotic songs sung with enthusiasm by the children hopefully gave all in attendance confidence that America will go forward. Burnside teacher Gretchen Anderson and the third-graders' tribute to veterans was moving and thought provoking. Thanks for teaching important lessons to our children and grandchildren and providing us with such an enjoyable evening. Karen & Rich Chalmers Red Wing
To the Editor: Is Craig Livingstone now running the paper? I understand that teachers are public employees and that their salaries are a matter of public record, but what is the public benefit of publishing each and every teacher's salary by name? Just because it can be done, doesn't mean it should be done. What is the journalistic value of this? What is the hidden agenda? What is the "real" motive?
To the Editor: The elections are over, thankfully! Congratulations to all of the victors. To the defeated, bravo for having the fortitude to put your name on the ballot. Now the difficult and tedious business of running government begins. As a Democrat and a person who strongly believes in representative government, I was elated with the overall results of the evening, especially the defeat of both constitutional amendments. Going forward, this election does not give carte blanch to the new DFL majorities to run state government as they see fit.
To the Editor, The United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties would like to thank the people of our service areas for their generosity in supporting our 2012 campaign. Red Wing, Lake City, Cannon Falls and Hager City businesses invited us in to do workplace campaigns. We thank them for their support. We would love to report that we have met our campaign goal of $500,000. However, it is too early to tell.
To the Editor: I found your Nov. 10/11 editorial "cartoon" disrespectful, divisive, offensive and not at all "funny." Julie Eastling Welch
To the Editor: The recent disclosure of marital infidelity and subsequent resignation of respected CIA Chief and retired four-star Gen. David Petraeus prompts reflection on ethical standards today and yesterday, here and around the world. Did Petraeus' private indiscretions make him inevitably unfit for public trust? Was President Obama's unquestioning acceptance of his resignation, after overnight consideration, really necessary? Are soldiers less likely to follow the commands of an officer if they know he has committed adultery?