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To the Editor: Voting favorably for the half-cent sales tax Nov. 6 will result in two obvious benefits. Benefit No. 1 will accrue to our senior population. Red Wing citizens over 55 are expected to represent 40 percent of the population by 2015. The sales tax would fund the purchase of the Pottery Place Annex to house the Senior Center. The Senior Center would partner with the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation. The cost of the Senior Center share is $475,000. Having a home facility will allow the seniors to expand programs conducted on weekends and in the evenings.
To the Editor: Voting is one of the most important responsibilities we have as U.S. citizens and Minnesota residents. It is not just a responsibility, but also our opportunity to get involved in our government. We face many issues: our economy and jobs, energy and resource management and sustainability, the health and welfare of all our citizens, and security issues. Voting is our chance to select those representatives who best represent our priorities, both locally and nationally. One place where our voice can really be heard is at the polls.
To the Editor: Ted Seifert is a thoughtful county commissioner that listens to friends, neighbors and constituents in Goodhue County. Seifert demonstrated his leadership again at the last County Board meeting with his unique ability to look at the whole picture regarding the C-BED issue on industrial wind.
To the Editor: As a college student, I worked with Paul Drotos when I had a summer job with the city of Red Wing. One of my tasks was transferring data from card files and blue print maps onto computers. Every morning we would have a meeting to discuss why and how things needed to get done. Paul always stressed safety, accuracy, communication, completion, and most importantly: public service.
To the Editor: Repeatedly during the campaign, we've heard Republicans charge that President Barack Obama accomplished nothing even when backed by Democratic majorities in Congress. This accusation is highly dishonest, since the Democrats had no filibuster-proof supermajority in the Senate to move legislation beyond the Republican obstruction that has thwarted Obama's legislative agenda. Add to that Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell¹s statement Oct.
To the Editor: I am voting for Paul Drotos because he is honest, plain-speaking and competent. During the League of Women Voters candidate forum, I saw Commissioner Ted Seifert bob, weave, dodge and spin to avoid giving straight answers. Paul was just the opposite. He did not give any long-winded answers designed to make him look smart while saying nothing. Drotos' answers were well-thought out and easy to understand. He just says what he is actually going to do. Drotos said he will ban frac sand mining. Period.
To the Editor: Paul Drotos is the best person to represent District 5 on the County Board. Paul is a man of integrity with no hidden agenda. He's honest and straight-forward and would make decisions that are in the best interest of the people of the county. Paul has a better understanding of the modern issues and solutions facing us than incumbent Ted Seifert. When my husband and I first moved to town over seven years ago, Paul was one of the key people to help us become involved in the community. Paul and I worked closely on establishing the two thriving community gardens.
To the Editor: Someone called Ted's Seifert's response to a frac sand question at a forum "doublespeak." I looked that up. Doublespeak is language that deliberately disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words.
To the Editor: What forum did Mr. Brummer attend? (R-E, Oct 17) I watched the replay of the League of Women Voters forum at City Hall. Brummer's rendition of events ignores the facts and takes the reader on a flight of fancy. He says that Drotos fired off new ideas so fast the audience could not keep up. That is also how fast the money will be flying out of your pocket if you have to fund Drotos' ideas. Who will pay for solar panels for the county dump? Drotos is a government employee, working for the city department that controls the incinerator a quarter mile from the dump.
To the Editor: When I served on the Red Wing City Council, environmental officer Paul Drotos stood out as creative and intelligent in his reports. He had the ability to describe policy, identify problems and come up with workable solutions. When Red Wing needed to generate attention to recycling needs, Paul Drotos came to the Philip S. Duff Jr. Endowment Committee to ask for help to get his idea for "Rubin the Blue Bin" off the ground.