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.
The River Falls Public Library is pleased to announce an upcoming collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls this winter. As part of the Year of South Korea at the UWRF, the River Falls Public Library Gallery (140 Union Street, Lower Level) will host an exhibit of Korean pottery in a special international exhibition, Meet the Beauty of Korean Pottery in River Falls, from Dec. 29 through Jan. 20.
A year ends and another begins. The past year it seems that so much in our everyday existence has been crowded out by near constant media and social media attention to national politics. Yes, we must be informed and understand the world's politics, but not at the expense of our every waking moment or our mental health.
In response to "City may get tough with meeting disruptions" (RE, Nov. 29, 2017), it would be a mistake for Red Wing and other Minnesota cities to cite the case of Robin Hensel and the city of Little Falls as justification for changing their meeting ordinances. In fact, it should serve as a cautionary tale about the legal consequences of a city's disregard for the constitutional rights of its citizens.
Last weekend, we enjoyed Red Wing at its best. A local author (Jacqueline West) and a local theater group (the Soapbox Players) delighted us with their production of "Snow Day," described as "a Dark (and Cold) Comedy about Climate Change." We laughed and shook our heads at the witty and clever dialogue and recognized ourselves in too many of the characters. The rustic Hobgoblin venue filled with our neighbors and friends who seemed to enjoy the performance as much as we did.
Red Wing has had a student exchange with our sister city in Ikata, Japan, for over 20 years. This is an amazing opportunity for our high school students to experience another culture and in return, also host the Japanese kids here. A huge part of this program is finding an adult chaperone to accompany the Red Wing students on this two-week adventure of a lifetime. Responsibilities include preparing the six kids with cultural information and fundraising; also overseeing their well-being while in Japan and helping them be ambassadors of Red Wing.
It's been barely two months since the centuries-old secret of everyday sexual harassment and coercion began flooding into our nation's everyday consciousness and conversation. With Harvey Weinstein and the numerous public firings and dismissals, there is probably not a male alive who's now-awakened memory has not startled him into some level of anxiety about an untoward wisecrack he has quipped, or an ungentlemanly behavior he has enacted, long ago — or recently.