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To the Editor: Tom Dwelle's letter (R-E, Jan. 23) is a case of "the pot calling the kettle black." He was guilty of all the same issues while on the board of commissioners. In case you forgot, Tom, you saddled the taxpayer with a $32 million Criminal Justice Center that will take 20 years to pay for -- if it doesn't bankrupt Wabasha County first. How many times did you use money from the reserves when you were on the board? Or did you forget that you did that?
To the Editor: Last summer the Goodhue County Habitat For Humanity board voted to undertake a Women Build in Red Wing knowing this had been successfully done in towns and cities all across the U.S. and in Minnesota in the past 13 years. Since then, the excitement has been building! Every habitat build needs these five things: A lot to build on, which will be we have purchased at 621 Jefferson St. A construction manager, who will be hired soon. A partner family for whom to build the home: applications are being taken at the GCHFH office. Scores of volunteers.
To the Editor: While counties and communities (Pine Island and Spring Grove recently) all around Minnesota are coming to the same conclusion, that eliminating the position of administrator is a cost saving measure, the Wabasha County Board seems bent on dragging Wabasha County backwards. What is their reasoning? "We have a study." A study is just that - a study. Not a mandate and a 50-50 chance it's a bad idea. The last time Don Springer was on the board waving a study in the air like it was the 10 Commandments. All reason and logic was checked at the board room door.
To the Editor: Now that millions of dollars have been spent to pass and defeat the marriage amendment, get ready for the next step. Matthew 19 in the New Testament is cited as the authority for declaring that marriage can only be between one man and one woman even though it doesn't say "one man; one woman" in Matthew 19. It doesn't say "one man one woman at a time" or "one woman one man at a time" either. It does say "Any man who divorces his wife and marries another is committing adultery against his first wife." In the Old Testament.
To the Editor: Citizens of Red Wing, we need your help in some of these cemeteries. I do believe that when you buy a cemetery lot, it's your responsibility to repair stones and whatever. First of all, we must find out from the cemetery board what we can do to improve them. I know we all have respect as we have all lost loved ones. We need volunteers, ladies and gentlemen, leaders and masons; a lot of these stones need to be repaired. Some are broken in two or the foundation has sagged or fallen in. We could put donation jars in business places to pay for Project Respect.
To the Editor: A friend recently spent around $100 for a group of bottles of pills purported by the seller to be helpful to a medical quirk she suffers. The pills were taken to the family physician, who pronounced them to be neither harmful or beneficial, but were probably made mainly of dried beef broth. It seems to me that transaction took place between a vulnerable adult and a charlatan. I am 74 and feel that because of my age, people often think it possible to get something advantageous to themselves with no or little benefit to me.
To the Editor: Regarding the Ellsworth School Board's denial of the Aug. 13, 2012, request to meet with the Concerned Citizen Committee, we are not surprised nor are we dismayed. Approximately five years ago, the board put forth a referendum for a $2 million bond issue and an additional property tax override before the public in a power point presentation, citing the district's needs, followed by questions and answers. Several points of critical information were missing from the presentation in order for the voters to make an informed decision on the referendum.
To the Editor: A kind lady at Hanisch Bakery a few weeks ago surprised my friend and me at lunch. We were having difficulty making up our minds and allowed the lady behind us to go first; she suggested some items and made the selection easier. As we went to pay for our meals, we were told she made arrangements to cover our lunch. Surprised and amazed were the words for the moment. We do not know her name, but her local company does local business and both her company and Hanisch support each other, while the employees are the lucky ones.
To the Editor: How can a budget fight cancer? In many ways. Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal released this week contains several major components on both sides of the equation that will help reduce and prevent cancer in future generations. Increasing the price of tobacco not only reduces smoking, but also helps prevent kids from starting. The science is so strong, we can even predict the number of children who won't start as a result of a 94 cent per pack increase (more than 22,000) and the five-year health care Medicaid costs savings to the state ($3 million).
To the Editor: Many observers from both inside and outside of Wabasha County have watched with bewilderment the last two years as the three-member majority of the Wabasha County Board, Commissioners Deb Roschen, Dave Harms and Merl Norman, made Wabasha County one of the laughingstocks of the state.