As Earth Day approaches, it is a good time to reflect on how far we've come and how far we need to go. Renewable energy is part of a growing Minnesota economic powerhouse that provides local jobs. Many corporations are making purely economic decisions to move to renewable sources. Randall Hogan, retiring CEO of Pentair, spoke with Minnesota Public Radio in January about the decisions Pentair has made in this area.
As concerned citizens of Red Wing, we have known for a long time that we have a drug crisis in Red Wing and Goodhue County. We have faced it head on with our children. But until attending the Needles & Pills forum March 29 at the Red Wing Public Library, we hadn't realized how great the extent of the problem is in this area.
CommonBond Communities would like to thank Sen. Michael Googin for a thoughtful and informative meeting with staff and residents at the Maple Hills Apartments in Red Wing on April 3. During the meeting, Googin received a tour of the property, which has 96 units of affordable housing, and staff and residents discussed the need for more resources to build and preserve affordable housing.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, I was very sad the day that your father retired. I enjoyed his articles. I think of you and your dad every time I ride my 10-speed bike from Lake City to Wabasha and back on Highway 61. As you know, it is a very beautiful, but dangerous road. The large trucks whipping past me, inches away from me. I can't help thinking how your dad broke his cheekbone on that part of the road. Highway 61 is a high-volume highway and very scenic with all the eagles and boats to look at on Lake Pepin.
To the editor:
This letter is written to the many individuals, especially the young people, who have taken part in activities as part of the Never Again Campaign, National School Walkout and March for Our Lives rallies. The civic responsibility on display in Minnesota and throughout the nation is very encouraging for the future of our society and culture.
Fads, customs, trends, styles, laws change and run their course and what is socially acceptable may no longer prevail. The destructive mutilation of our natural wonder "The Barn" (Mount La Grange) with graffiti is no longer acceptable in my view. Graffiti is the damaging of property caused by scratching, etching, spraying, writing, drawing, marking, painting or applying another marking substance to a public or private property without the owner's consent.
In December 2017, the Federal Communication Commission eliminated rules that prohibit internet providers from slowing down/blocking content or charging for access to certain sites. The ruling only benefits large internet service providers. For the rest of us, it results in censorship and new fees. A nonpartisan poll found that 83 percent of Americans oppose the FCC's ruling.
Red Wing is a charter city. That means it has its own constitution. That means Red Wingites determine how they want to be governed. This represents the ultimate in local, democratic control. This right is being threatened right now. Bills in the legislature (HF3690, SF3325) aims to take away local rights — rights that are upheld by the Minnesota Constitution — the right to determine how its city council, school board, and other representatives are elected. The Bills seek to ban the use of the ranked choice voting option by any jurisdiction in Minnesota.
"Guns don't kill people; people kill people." Wrong! Guns do kill people! They are effective instruments of killing in the hands of people with that intent. I doubt that, were the Constitution to be written today, the Framers would include the Second Amendment. There is no longer a need for a militia to protect against an autocratic government, unless we elect such a government. If it is impossible to alter the Second Amendment, let us interpret it in a way that makes sense for the present time