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To the Editor: Eron Currier's letter of May 13 is a painful reminder that not everyone understands the spirit of the Constitution or the nature of the proposed anti-gay marriage legislation in Minnesota. While I fully respect Currier's right to express his opinion, his implications and accusations are mirror images of the behaviors like sarcasm and ignorance to which he so strongly objects. His assertion that "homosexuals have the same rights as heterosexuals" is the kind of misleading rhetoric that does nothing to resolve the issues of gay marriage.
To the Editor: Wisconsin's safety belt use rate is approximately 74 percent, which is one of the lowest in the nation and lags well behind the national average of 83 percent. Because approximately one out of every four vehicle occupants doesn't buckle up, hundreds of people from all over our state die needlessly each year. Tragically, too many people are ejected from vehicles in rollover crashes as if they were shot out of a cannon because they didn't buckle up. People also are tossed around violently inside vehicles during a crash because they were unbuckled.
To the Editor: I just need to write a response to the letter I wrote about my Sescrock being taken off my front porch (R-E, April 29). I just want to say the Sescrock Committee felt bad and surprised me on Mother's Day with a slightly used one because they wanted me to have a crock. I am very humbled for their concern. I cried. It seems sometimes out of bad, good can happen. I just want to say a million thanks to these people. I also want to say I should be able to put whatever I want outside. It is my property.
To the Editor: I live in the Forward wind project by Invenergy in Fond du Lac County, Wis. I feel the need to respond to Mr. Luebke's letter of April 29. He stated that in Wisconsin "where most every local governing body has authority over turbines but with little if any expertise." In the case of the Town of Union, 318 pages of scientific information were presented to arrive at safe setbacks. In the case of the Public Service Commission using the state's model ordinance of 1,000 feet from a residence, 440 feet from a property line and 50 decibel sound, scientific information was used.
To the Editor: Many of our state legislators support an increase in the state sales tax on tobacco. A lot of people refer to this as a "sin tax" and only see it as a way to put more revenue into the state's general fund. They don't realize that increasing the price of tobacco through a sales tax increase will also make Minnesota healthier. A tobacco tax increase will save lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death and disease in America.
To the Editor: Most of us know the crux of the Minnesota senatorial vote centers on absentee voters. Today we find 25 percent of the military absentee vote count in the presidential 2008 vote was never counted. Exactly, 401,000 votes. How many were Minnesota voters? We will watch this closely as the Minnesota Supreme Court decides. Don Stechmann Red Wing
To the Editor: Education Minnesota's Tom Dooher seems sincere in his desires for more teachers, smaller classes and lower fees for college students. However, recent reports on salaries for University of Minnesota coaches and teachers puts these desires somewhat out there in a dream world, in my opinion. Million dollar coaches, half million dollar professors? As an afterthought, could the R-E let us know how local administrators and teachers are doing these days? Dick Diercks Red Wing
To the Editor: Red Wing has a long-standing relationship with the Prairie Island nuclear plant and looks forward to working cooperatively and constructively to resolve common concerns. Since the opening of the plant, we have worked together to develop a thorough Nuclear Emergency Response Plan to ensure local governmental units and agencies are staffed, trained, equipped and prepared.
To the Editor: Every year, a wonderful party is planned and given to the graduating seniors. This party is held right after graduation June 5 at the YMCA from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. the next day. This is a safe and fun way for our seniors to celebrate the end of their high school years with their classmates. From the fabulous decorations, to the delicious food, the many games and big-time prizes, our graduating seniors enjoy a night they will remember and appreciate for a long time.
To the Editor: I feel sorry for Patricia and Roger Sween and others like them. Why? In their May 8 letter, they take a cowardly shot at Mr. Kelly and his belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman -- and his desire to legislate that way. I bet the Sweens consider themselves "open minded" and "accepting of others," yet, when you wish to define marriage, have no "tolerance" for those that oppose their opinion. Homosexuals have the same rights as heterosexuals. They can marry those of the opposite sex ,just like I can.