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To the Editor: This Thanksgiving Day, as we gather with family and friends to count our blessings, let's give thanks for the bounty we enjoy not just on this holiday, but every day. The safe, plentiful food that is available to us and the products used to produce the clothing, housing, medicines, fuel and other products we use on a daily basis, didn't just appear in a store.
To the Editor: Mike and Stacy Nogle opened up their family home to keep my grandson Mason Schmidt and my two dogs safe while a raging fire took my neighbor's home and melted my siding. I have no insurance. Mike and his son, Mike Jr., came and got us out of our home as the fire raged out the front of Jessica Wagner's trailer. She and her six children now don't have a home. I thank the Hastings and the volunteer fire department of Miesville for all the hard work and risking their lives on the icy roads to put out the fire. That's my Thanksgiving. Thanks. Leola Kalanquin Welch
To the Editor: As a wife of a World War II veteran, I want to commend the Red Wing area for all of its efforts to honor service personnel on Veterans Day last week. My husband and I were present at the program at the Armory and I was a lucky recipient of one of the 30 centerpieces provided by Hallstrom's Florist. I thought you might be interested in observances overseas. The daughter of my husband's nephew, Megan Bien, is doing her practice teaching in England before graduation from Winona State University, teaching kindergarten children in Dorking, near London.
To the Editor: As president of the American Legion Auxiliary, I want to thank everyone that was involved with the fundraiser to support our troops that took place during the week of Veterans Day. However, let's not just remember our troops at Christmas time. The American Legion Post 54 here in Red Wing is dedicated in supporting our military troops all year long. One way we do this is by sending care packages 12 months of the year. We also could use donations to help us make sure we can continue doing this.
To the Editor: Who are the Wabasha Citizens for Progress? I have yet to see any names associated with this group that is backing Commissioner Deb Roschen. To date I have seen fliers, emails and mass mailings, all sent by the group with no individual names attached. I see why citizens have chosen to remain anonymous: It's because they have launched a counterattack against the petition to recall Roschen by leaving propaganda in doors, sending out nasty unsigned emails, attacking the county sheriff and using the U.S. mail to deliver letters preying on people's fears.
To the Editor: The date was Nov. 26, 1789, the first national day of thanksgiving, proclaimed by President George Washington to be "observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God." Fast forward about 225 years, and what does Thanksgiving look like today? It used to be that big-box retailers were all closed Thanksgiving Day and simply re-opened at the usual time Friday morning. Employees of these stores could spend the entire day off with their family, and all of us had a little more time to focus on people instead of purchases.
To the Editor: On Nov. 15, the Goodhue County Board took a stand for a cleaner Cannon River: Commissioners voted to revoke the conditional-use permit for Hidden Valley Campground in Welch. For over a decade the campground has been cited for having inadequate sewage treatment among other issues and has been polluting the Cannon River.
To the Editor: I am very disappointed with the outcome of the Goodhue County Attorney Steve Betcher's request to re-file an appeal of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission's decisions that resulted in a site permit for the AWA Goodhue Wind project. The key issue is local control and the ability to have our more stringent wind ordinance. The MPUC did not support the 10 rotor-diameter setback as it is allowing AWA Goodhue to site turbines as close at 6 rotor-diameters with no substantive research, studies, and information to back this up.
To the Editor: I recently read an article on big banks reporting they are going to lose "hundreds of millions of dollars" on the new credit card fee restructuring. Back in the 1970s I was a union steward at a company. The company stated there was no way any raises could be given at contract meetings because the company lost "$3 million" the previous year. After researching the statement, I realized the company had projected a $10 million profit, but they only made a $7 million profit, so they said the lost $3 million.
To the Editor: In these hard economic times, this is an opportunity for people who may need assistance to get back on their feet. Have you lost your home to foreclosure or eviction? Are you "doubled up" and living with friends or relatives? If you are homeless or facing homelessness, please stop by to receive a hot meal and to connect with a variety of services in one location. Resources include shelter, food, clothing, medical and legal assistance, transportation and more.