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To the Editor: If government is how you treat people, then I know one candidate who has treated over 2,000 families well. For many years it was my job to make an anonymous list of families in Red Wing who needed some extra help at the holidays. The Red Wing Elks Lodge would use out list to deliver a Christmas basket with all of the fixings for a complete turkey dinner. I know that Paul Drotos has participated in this project as a volunteer, a chairman and a co-chairman for over 30 years.
To The Editor: Ted Seifert is a man of character and a man of results. Today I'll tell you about both of those qualities; and why I'm supporting him for county commissioner. I met Ted at my local church. There he's active in helping those in need. He first reached out to me in my youth. Ted has always cared for those of special needs. When there's a tough call to be made, Ted looks inward and does the right thing regardless of polls. Ted Seifert also has a stellar record.
To the Editor: Aaahhh, the smell of competition's in the air. It's fall -- football, soccer, cross-country ... politics. All emanate the aroma of healthy American competition. We're doubly fortunate locally as we're well represented on all fronts - competitive young athletes and competitive earnest souls willing to represent us in Pig's Eye, err, St Paul. I've had the great opportunity to get to know, if only casually, each of the four major candidates seeking to represent or continue to represent Red Wing and the Goodhue County at the state level.
To the Editor: Our state is in dire straits: We have an over $2 billion budget deficit, tens of thousands of Minnesotans out of work, property taxes going out the roof, cuts to education funding, health care costs spiraling out of control, college costs breaking the bank, the list could go on and on. Unfortunately, we have a Legislature that would rather have California-style government, a shutdown and one scandal after another rather than roll up their sleeves and get to work. These problems are severe and, in regards to the budget, structural.
To the Editor: I grew up in Red Wing, joined the Marine Corps in 1980 to serve my country and fundamentally defend our freedoms from, as we swear in our oath of office, "enemies both foreign and domestic." In 2000 I retired from the Marines as a lieutenant colonel, as did my husband, Joe. We met in the Marine Corps as second lieutenants, married soon after our basic training, and celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary this past June. Our marriage is at the center of our lives, as it is with most who enjoy this privilege.
To the Editor: I encourage you all to re-elect John Kline to Congress. Congressman Kline met with residents of southeastern Minnesota, listened carefully to our experience and concerns and then he took action that is in the best interest of citizens. I and my neighbors thank Kline for his strong leadership to stop squandering billions of federal tax dollars through the Production Tax Credit for additional industrial wind installations.
To the Editor: Please vote for the school facilities bond referendum on the November ballot. Much of the discussion about this question has centered on finances. While current interest rates, the cost of construction materials and the district's debt structure are all favorable to proceeding with the elementary school expansion now, I support this project primarily on the educational merits alone. For many years now the community has been aware of our space constraints. This was the reason for the movement of fifth and eighth grades to different school buildings.
To the Editor: As a Red Wing taxpayer already paying almost 50 percent of every earned dollar to one level of government or the other, I adamantly oppose the city of Red Wing's galling effort to increase the local sales tax by one-half cent. Currently, our city ranks among the highest taxed communities of its size in the state.
To the Editor: And now, for a positive news story: Fred Benson, Jim Ross and I enjoyed an evening with a bright spot of society's future. The three of us were asked to judge the contestants of the Pierce County's 4-H Ambassadors program. The four hours flew by.
To the editor: I am a state employee and try not to identify with either party. I am most interested in a politician that has the best interest of Minnesotans and Americans in mind, not only themselves, their party, corporations or unions. I get tired of the bashing, name calling, and political spinning that tells people only what they want to hear. Steve Drazkowski knows how to play the game. He likes to tell part of the story.