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To the Editor: News that Vice President Biden has threatened withdrawal of U.S. support for Lebanon, if the coming election is won by Hesbollah, brings back bad memories of our response to the electoral victory of Hamas over Al Fatah in Palestine and repeated U.S.attempts to control elections in Latin American countries. United States foreign policy that puts our presumed national interest ahead of our democratic constitutional principles has a long bipartisan history.
To the Editor: Thanks to Governor Pawlenty, many state programs were saved from extinction. California has given us all a chance to witness the carnage caused by high taxes complicated by a severe recession. The lesson to learn here is that raising taxes doesn't always mean an increase in revenue and often will decrease revenue. Pawlenty and the House Republicans recognized this fact, and Minnesotans owe them our appreciation. John Adams Mazeppa John Adams is a Mazeppa Township supervisor.
To the Editor: With summer almost here, I want to be sure my family can enjoy the outdoors safely. A great tool for that is the new Check My Lake Web site. Going to www.checkmylake.org is the best way to tell which of Minnesota's 10,000-plus lakes are family-friendly for swimming and eating fish. All you have to do is type in the name of a favorite Minnesota lake or type in a county name and choose from among a list to find out whether lakes have been tested and what the results show.
To the Editor: Are you concerned about children's health problems? Do you want to do something about it? Kids need to get more active. First of all, many kids are obese. Studies have shown a dramatic rise in the number of obese children in the last few decades. Being obese increases a child's risk for some serious childhood medical problems. In the years 2003-04, 17.1 percent of kids ages 2-19 were overweight. Over 12 and a half million kids are overweight. In addition, it is harder for non-fit kids to get through their daily routine.
To the Editor: Civil rights shouldn't be confirmed or denied by popular vote.
To the Editor: Many years ago Xcel Energy nuclear power facility was welcomed to Red Wing. Since their arrival, Xcel Energy has enjoyed the unequivocal support of its citizens bound by a long-term agreement that financially compensated our community while providing Xcel Energy with much needed community support. Yet in recent years, Xcel Energy has decided that they will unilaterally change the terms of their arrangement with their good friends, the citizens of Red Wing.
To the Editor: This is in regard to Tuesday's letter to the editor concerning the Humane Society of Goodhue County. I would like to state that we are a small private non-profit organization serving our local communities and are in no way connected to HSUS or Fund for Animals. We do not receive funds from them nor do we give any. All of the monies we receive go directly and totally to our shelter and the animals in our care.
To the Editor: I was a guardian for the May 2 Southeastern Minnesota Honor Flight. I and 44 other guardians, medical personnel and volunteers accompanied 80 World War II veterans to the Washington, D.C., memorial. I cannot find words to describe the emotions that flowed through me during this flight. These veterans were treated like the heroes they are wherever they went.
To the Editor: I do not respond to most letters to the editor on political issues. It is generally one person's point of view and does not need commentary. However, it is important for people to understand where their representative stands in regards to the last few letters to the paper. Mr. Hanson's letter of May 19 is right on the mark. It is unfortunate that the initial article in the paper did not make this point more clear (R-E, May 6). I fear the impulse to create a problem and sensationalize this subject got the better of the newspaper.
To the Editor: I felt compelled to write a letter in regards to Karen Main's "Sin tax hike would save lives" (R-E, May 15). I understand where she is getting at with the issue of continuing to tax tobacco products and other "sin" products. But as an educated citizen and taxpayer I know that she is dead wrong on how to solve our private "sin" habits and how to help our state budget issues. In Main's letter she contradicts herself with her reasoning for the tax increase. First she stated that tax increases would decrease tobacco usage.