The news item about the Goodhue County property tax levy increase in the Dec. 8 Republican Eagle is timely and reflects the topic of our previous letter to the editor about the state of Minnesota addressing how property taxes are implemented and how the law needs changing. Rep. Steve Drazkowski would have you believe that it is just as simple as voting "no" on a school referendum question (RE, Nov. 28). Ridiculous!
Health care is undoubtedly the No. 1 concern for Minnesota residents. We're worried about our coverage, affordability and accessibility — all of which were major focuses during the election. So, it's concerning that there is renewed interest in a legislative proposal that could disrupt our health care system, increase costs and jeopardize access to care.
In Minnesota, we are blessed to have beautiful natural resources like lakes, parks, forests and wilderness as well as access to a network of public lands unrivaled in the eastern half of the country. Just like you put dollars toward the maintenance of your home, we have to spend money to make sure our state's natural resources remain healthy and vibrant for current and future generations. That's why it's so critical that Congress reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which expired Sept. 30.
I read with interest your Nov. 28 cover story, "Driving Hard Bargains," regarding local officials and their use of plea bargaining tactics. I hope you will consider doing a follow-up story, this time interviewing the many area citizens who have been victims of this widespread and often unjust practice.
There exists three certainties in life: death, taxes, and disagreement about taxes. And while debate about taxes seems to be part of our national and cultural DNA, political and social division get us nowhere.
Earlier this year, Shane McAllister grew worried when his 9-month-old son, Andrew, developed a 102 degree fever. Shane is a Minnesota doctor, but even with his medical training, he was surprised to see his son quickly lose his cheerful energy and spirit. It scared him, so he rushed Andrew to the emergency room. It didn't take doctors long to diagnose Andrew with a severe case of the flu. Thankfully, treatment returned the little boy to his normal self within a few days.
On Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Government Venter in Red Wing there will be a public meeting to discuss the proposed 2019 budget and proposed 9 percent tax increase. I would like to invite residents of Goodhue County to attend and give their input in regards to the 2019 proposed budget. Thank you to the many residents who have already discussed their concerns and suggestions with me. I look forward to hearing from many more of you at the pubic meeting about your concerns and suggestions. Hope to see you there. The current proposed budget can be found at
Republican Eagle — "Barn Bluff will 'burn' on Wednesday" (R-E online, Nov. 27) So, did this one require a prior dual blessing, much like traditional interfaith marriages? Is there currently a sacred site burning manual available? Does the Red Wing Fire Department have appropriate permissions? Isn't that current nature of Red Wing realities. Jim Million Fridley
Five years ago, a group of citizens in Red Wing formed a committee of volunteers to address the shelter needs of homeless individuals and families. We have worked in collaboration with HOPE Coalition, Connecting Connections, Youth Outreach, Salvation Army, Southeast Minnesota Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the Red Wing Police Department and the city of Red Wing. HOPE Coalition's housing advocate is a member of this committee and HOPE is our fiscal agent.
I've been following the story of the international sex-trafficking ring in the papers over the last few months. As horrifying as it is to read about, I'm grateful for the coverage to raise awareness to this tragic phenomenon. I am a social worker in St. Paul, and I have worked with several women who have been pressured into the sex industry, many of whom are foreign-born and do not have the resources or knowledge to advocate for themselves.