I have been reading with great skepticism the recent spate of articles by Goodhue County Commissioner Paul Drotos regarding the opioid crisis in our nation. His most recent broadside (RE, Feb. 10) compels to me respond. Using the Olympics as his rubric, he spews on and on about "rules," i.e., the athletes must abide them, so why, he wonders, have "drug addicts ...forsaken all the rules?" More of this same drivel animates his article. Sitting in judgment, he excoriates drug users for not playing the game.
A Harley rider once told me what it was like to go to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. I found it interesting that Harley riders enjoy a feeling of being part of something larger, a sort of brotherhood of bikers who love their bikes and the experience of riding. He told me about a mechanical problem he experienced several times, on the 600-mile trip home. Everytime he had to pull onto the shoulder, other Harley riders would stop to offer help. Stories, like his, help us see the benefits of belonging to a group whose members share similarities.
Motivational speaker, Miss Wheelchair USA 2012 and Ellsworth High School alumna Tasha Schuh will host a book signing event 5:45-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 in the EHS lobby, coinciding with the JV and varsity boys basketball games. Her second book, “My Next Move Forward,” will be showcased. With belief in herself, Schuh took a leap of faith that led her to meeting her soulmate, Doug Michaels.
Ben Fowke, the president and CEO of Xcel Energy, recently announced an ambitious plan to cut the utility's carbon emissions 80 percent by 2030. To reach that goal, Xcel Energy will double down on clean energy. It plans to generate 60 percent renewable energy by 2030. That's fantastic news for consumers. It means not only lower emissions but also savings on electric bills.
Women's Olympic gymnastics will never be the same; an army of sexual abuse survivors are shedding their anonymity, standing up and speaking out. If you've seen these young women on TV, you've witnessed the pain on their faces and heard the rage in their voices. I've been surprised by the number of people who've asked me directly, "What do you think of all these women coming forward? Could it really be true?" For those of us who work in the field of abuse and violence, we know there are so many reasons why victims of abuse keep quiet. Behind every survivor, there is a story.
Since 2000, United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties has re-invested more than $4.9 million locally to benefit the lives of your friends and neighbors. This is possible because of your financial investment in our work to improve lives and strengthen communities in the Upper Mississippi River Valley. With our annual local United Way campaign coming to an end, we are making the final push to reach our ambitious goal of raising $550,000 to support local programming and people in 2018-19. Today we are $75,000 short of reaching our goal, and we need your help.
As members of our diverse, sometimes politically divided, Red Wing community and the surrounding areas, we were pleased to read about the editorial direction of the Eagle (Jan 10, 2018). You identified clean power, renewable energy and climate change as topics of particular interest in the robust debate that lies ahead in 2018.
As we approach the 2018 election season, I feel there are some issues to be aired regarding the cyber and physical security of election equipment. This year Goodhue County is going to be purchasing new equipment, which is sorely needed. Now that expensive new equipment is going to be at polling places, some information needs to be clarified about the physical security of this equipment.
As we look forward to a new year with Red Wing Area Women's Network, we reminisce about the past 35 years. About 40 years ago a group of Red Wing women met with the purpose of forming support groups through seminars, meetings and personal contact. "Women Concerned" had a dozen objectives for women gainfully employed or not. Prime were women's issues. Officers were elected but sadly there was no follow through. Action followed later.
Federal tax reform has been center stage at Washington, D.C. The sweeping changes just passed will provide an important opportunity for Minnesota policymakers to make our tax system more competitive.