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To the Editor: Some additional comments need to be added to your recent editorial on Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-E, June 4). His unspoken but obvious plan to run for president brings to mind all of the many weeks that he was absent from his duties last year, while campaigning for John McCain. I don't recall him reimbursing the state. It is obvious that most of his remaining 18 months will be spent in Iowa and states other than Minnesota, as well as traveling overseas for the "benefit" of Minnesotans. On the one hand, if he is not on the job he can't make such a mess out of it.
To the Editor: As a Christian, I supported Colorado Amendment 20, legalizing cannabis (kaneh bosm/marijuana) for sick citizens, and the law works properly to protect sick citizens from being discriminated against by government. Colorado's medical cannabis law is the only one in America that is a constitutional amendment (R-E, June 7). One benefit of Colorado's law is due to it being written in the state's Constitution because it protects citizens by not allowing government to change, dilute or rewrite the law. Gov.
To the Editor: The public-private partnership process has been characterized as one of a good fit between the prospective fiber optic provider and Red Wing. I hope this means exhaustive due diligence of the provider and technology capabilities in delivering the service. The notion that implementing a fiber optic network is "one size fits all" and the only variable is the relationship you have with the provider is the primary variable is incredibly naive. Fiber cabling comes in a variety of speeds and technologies distance limitations and signal fade issues.
To the Editor: While I appreciate much of the Obama/Biden administration's continuing efforts to correct the failed policies of the Bush/Cheney administration, I nonetheless believe that a legal reckoning is required if America is to emerge from the doldrums a more mature nation. Dick Cheney's relentless revisionist speeches make it clear that an accurate history of the last eight years is by no means assured. During his recent trip to the Middle East and Europe, President Obama delivered some powerful ideas.
To the Editor: Listening to President Obama's speech he delivered in Cairo, I sensed he was speaking to each and every one of us and not just to the Muslim World. It is up to us to help him achieve these goals by showing public support and backing up the president. We will not all agree with everything Obama said (me included) but we must all have one goal -- world peace. One thing he said I very much agree with: "Violence is a dead end." Mankind has been guilty of using way too much violence to achieve its ends, including the United States.
To the Editor: While I understand Norm Coleman's legal right to appeal his election, recount, and court loss, at some point his right must be weighed against the right of 5 million Minnesotans to have two senators in Congress working for us. Coleman's intention to drag this out by talking about federal court appeals after our Supreme C-ourt ruling makes it obvious that he and the national Republican Party will do whatever money can buy to keep another Democratic vote out of the Senate.
To the Editor: Since the invention of the printing press 500 years ago, our "word society' has witnessed a radical change in 20th century communication by emerging as a "picture society" transformed with visual images due to technology. Globally all societies are aware of the vital evolution affecting learning: the content of visual images in all media. The role of education in this change is a challenge to all teachers.
To the Editor: On Saturday, a special flag was flown for 12 hours at Fairview Red Wing Medical Center. It had only been raised one previous time, over the USS Arizona at the memorial in Pearl Harbor on President's Day 2009. If you drove by the hospital that day, you would have noticed a slightly smaller than usual flag at half-staff, and that was this flag. Doug Wentland and the All Veteran's Honor Guard raised the flag that day, gave a 21 gun salute and taps.
To the Editor: The Spring Valley, Wis., Sun Argus, stated Spring Valley School Board members Eric Turner, Al Faber, Brian Wang and Peter Coyne voted down the social skills acquired by allowing a school-sponsored golf team. Golf in Wisconsin generates millions of tax revenues that support the very school that voted down the golf team. What I find interesting is the Spring Valley Golf Tournament each summer to raise money for the school. The El Paso Community Club holds a golf tournament each year to raise money for their cause as do communities nationwide.
To the Editor: And I disagree with Liz Marroquin about flying worn flags (R-E, May 9). The Flag Code contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used. They are: The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal. The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes.