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To the Editor: Jason Jech and 10 volunteers from the Red Wing Environmental Learning Center and Kathy Bjorklund and 13 4-H Willing Welchers participated in our watershed-wide river cleanup on the Cannon River. In canoes, the ELC crews pulled about 40 bags of garbage from the Highway 61 Bridge to the Back Channel Bridge in Wisconsin. The 4-H'ers pulled about 150 pounds of garbage from Trout Brook to the Welch Village. Their efforts and those of our sponsors will help improve water quality and the aesthetic appeal of the Cannon River.
To the Editor: Many of the so-called uninsured have made that their personal choice simply because they don't want to spend their own money for insurance.
To the Editor: In response to Teresa Maples' letter "Public reaction runs like horror movie," there are some inaccuracies (R-E, Sept.
To the Editor: I am pleased to see that the Red Wing Police Department is holding another Citizens Academy from Oct. 6 through Nov. 17. I was fortunate to participate in the first academy several years ago. Participants are provided with a wealth of information about our local Police and Fire departments. Chief Tim Sletten and his officers devote a considerable amount of time and effort to make the sessions both informative and enjoyable. I commend Sletten and his staff for continuing to sponsor the Citizens Academy. I recommend it to all.
To the Editor: I recently had the privilege of attending the Red Wing Citizens Police Academy. This is a very comprehensive look into what goes on inside our Law Enforcement Center. There is a lot of classroom combined with getting to see different parts of the complex, such as intake and booking, the evidence room, the kitchen complex where all the meals are prepared for the detainees, you get to visit the Dispatch Center where all communication with the police vehicles is handled. It is amazing to see how the dispatch operators handle all the traffic and keep everything straight.
To the Editor: On Sept. 18 I attended a town hall meeting in Lakefield held by our 2nd Congressional District representative, John Kline. I went there hoping to hear his plan for health care reform. I heard none. I watched him throw the HR 3200 bill proposed by the Democrats onto the floor as he said, "We need to hit the reset button." However, I did hear Kline say there should be reform of our health care system, but little more. Expecting that, I went prepared to ask my questions of the congressman. A few of us raised our hands at first.
To the Editor: I would like to respond to an article posted Aug. 11 titled "Jobless complain about shabby state treatment." The article discussed the state online and phone based unemployment system, and included quotes from workers in Chanhassen and the Iron Range who complained about poor service from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
To the Editor: Thank you, Mike Longaecker, for your efforts on the article and photos of the outdoor classroom project (R-E, Sept. 19). It was very well written and a comfort to read. I appreciate your coverage of this important life goal that Kevin would be so thrilled to see becoming reality. I am eager for the high school students to be inspired by the classroom setting and to continue to find peace and reflection time when visiting the ring of honor.
To the Editor: Three out of 10 Americans cannot locate our country on a world map. Four out of 10 cannot name their congressman or senator. Five out of 10 wrongly believe 25 percent of our federal budget goes to foreign aid (actually 1 percent), and three out of 10 do not know Medicare and Medicaid are federal programs. Yet our media contacts dozens in weekly polls attempting to trace the public's wishes on political and policy issues.
To the Editor: The proliferation of "czars" (over 35 and counting) denies any reasonable logic, Can the president show any instance in which his functioning cabinet (already in place and funded) is unable to provide him timely and comprehensive support for any questions or problems he encounters? I am convinced he cannot. Why so? Consider the following Department of Energy example. All requests originating with the president get special treatment. They are assigned the highest priority and are acted on immediately.