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To the Editor: Throughout my time in office I have witnessed a number of changes in Minnesota and the lives of the men and women who call our great state home. Unfortunately, not all the change has been positive. In recent years, too many families and businesses have been forced to make adjustments as they weather the bumpy economic road our nation has traveled. Business owners hesitate invest in their companies or hire new workers because they don't know what unexpected costs and regulations may emerge.
To the Editor: I am writing to ask for your vote in my campaign for re-election to the Red Wing City Council. Since 2008, I have worked hard to represent you at City Hall by asking tough questions and seeking common-sense solutions to our budget problems. I am proud of what we have accomplished. We have reduced the city workforce, prioritized and cut spending and non-essential services, and developed a long-range strategic plan. Taxes have stayed nearly flat as we worked our way through the economic crisis.
To the Editor: Tuesday again provides all of us with our greatest opportunity and right - to vote. We all have important decisions to make when casting our ballot. Our focus tends to be on national and state races. Don't overlook the significant votes we will each cast at the local level. Leadership in Red Wing is every bit as important as leadership in Washington and St. Paul. Locally, Lisa Bayley has demonstrated leadership on our City Council and I know she will continue to lead going forward. Just as at the federal and state level, Red Wing is facing critical decisions.
To the Editor: Stereotypes die hard, and hurtful ways of treating others, even while recognized, change slowly. I still vividly remember how, as a young clinical psychologist, I was taught to diagnose homoerotic attraction and same-sex behavior as pathological.
To the Editor: In 2008, I had the good fortune to work with over 80 passionate individuals in a grassroots Red Wing school referendum campaign. Considerable time went into the referendum design and education of the public. You, the public, voted Yes and Yes by overwhelming numbers. Although this committee is not involved in the current referendum, I felt it was important for the public to know that the goals laid out by the 2008 committee were indeed met. The district was able to: 1. Get out of debt 2. Reduce class sizes in the elementary 3.
To the Editor: Red Wing represents the best of the past, present and future. Two years ago I said I believe there is not a single city in Minnesota that holds greater potential for success and a secure future. Red Wing will make a meaningful decision Nov. 6 by selecting a mayor to lead our city and help set the direction and vision. Red Wing needs someone willing to bring new ideas and who understands the wide range of issues facing our community. I believe I bring the background, experience and leadership to help Red Wing move forward together.
To the Editor: When Amy Klobuchar ran for the U.S. Senate in 2006, she said having a $300 billion deficit was immoral. Yet, in her six years in the Senate, she has voted for nearly $8 trillion in new debt resulting in deficits exceeding a trillion dollars for four years in a row. The federal debt is now over $16 trillion -- that's $55,000 a citizen or $220,000 for a family of 4.
To the Editor: We strongly support Paul Drotos for election to the Goodhue County Board. He is a warm, down-to-earth person. Paul's countless hours spent volunteering shows how much he genuinely cares about the people of our community. Drotos has a vision for our future that includes new, non-tax ways to increase revenue, innovation in county services, and a complete ban of frac sand mining. Drotos is intelligent, well-educated and competent.
To the Editor: Early this year, we witnessed on TV the City Council sending out messengers to all of the City Commissions and Boards stating: If you had $14.88 million to spend, what would you spend the money on? The council members walked into these meetings giddy with excitement, with the anticipation of spending millions of citizens' hard-earned dollars taxed on the purchase of goods and services at Red Wing merchants. Why did the City Council decide it should put to the voters to spend more money, when the city has a generous budget? Why does city government think they should take
To the Editor: I am committed to a safe and secure community, protecting our citizens and environment. Our county must respond quickly to natural disasters or health epidemics. I work from a balanced approach, based on community need and sound business practices. I will not support unnecessary spending that would increase your taxes. Neighboring counties have lowered their tax levy. We can do the same. Many of you have made suggestions on how to respond to increased industrial mining. Continued study is needed.