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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?
To the Editor: On Nov. 15 Red Wing 2020, an advisory committee to Mayor Dennis Egan, is holding a "community forum" on frac sand mining at the Sheldon Theatre. All of the presenters are state officials: no community representatives are on the panel. It seems obvious that a "community forum" should include community representatives. The oil and gas people have huge resources they are bringing to bear to try to impose their will on our city and county.
To the Editor: Nov. 6 will go down in history as a watershed event in the nation's long struggle for marriage equality. The great state of Minnesota became the first in the country to reject an amendment to a state constitution to limit the freedom to marry. In recent years, 30 states have passed a similar discriminatory ballot initiative. In addition to the historic vote in Minnesota, voters in Washington, Maine and Maryland approved same-gender marriage.
To the Editor: What happens after this election in the future elections? Good candidates have not only the expense and work of the campaign, but all their energy and thoughtful new ideas might come to naught because of negative campaign statements and ads. Suddenly the future of our democracy looks very bleak. Fewer and fewer good candidates will run and there will be little choice in elections down the line. At this point in time we have the right to be independent and cross party lines to vote for the candidate we think will best represent us.
To the Editor: The government sold us out. We still have the right to vote them out. Put "God" back in your vote. Barbara Lundberg Red Wing
To the Editor: When the Legislature proposed a constitutional amendment to require an ID to vote in Minnesota - my first thought was "great" - obviously a good thing to do. After reading more about the pros and cons and especially the actual wording - I began to think differently for four reasons: a) The type of voter fraud seen in Minnesota - felons who have lost the right to vote, voting - could still easily occur; b) A provisional ballot for new, unregistered voters would require extra work and would effectively discourage young people and others from participating; c) Even with t
To the Editor: Residents of Minnesota House District 21B, thanks for the interview. I have enjoyed meeting those I had a chance to visit with. I don't plan to represent anything other than what I am and what I stand for. If you feel my background and positions are in line with the best interests and needs of District 21B and Minnesota in general, I would appreciate your vote Nov. 6. Bruce Montplasir Altura, Minn.