The Eagle's May 15 report on a May 8 Goodhue County Board special meeting seems incomplete. Board Chair Jason Majerus not only limited speakers to three minutes, as reported, but he sought to narrowly limit what people could say and did so in a hostile and aggressive manner. In my opinion Majerus' behavior was well below the standards expected of elected officials, and reflected discredit on Goodhue County. The good news, as reported, is that the board as a whole responded to public sentiment and rejected changes to the ordinance.
It's taken a decade, but the Minnesota policy battleship is turning regarding siting of wind projects. State agencies, in their rush to site wind, have dropped the ball — they have failed in their charge to regulate and protect the public and the public interest. We need a respectful siting process, and that is 20 years overdue. If Minnesota doesn't correct our wind siting process, the legitimate pushback will make siting a wind project difficult at best.
Soapbox Players presents "The Savannah Sipping Society," a comedy written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten and directed by Min MartinOakes. This production is a fundraiser for ArtReach and SoundStrings. The show runs May 18-19 and 24-26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hobgoblin Music Loft on Highway 19 in Red Wing. Reservations are not accepted and seating is limited; tickets are $9.99.
As I read the headlines, it is apparent we are not willing to pay our fair share to the next generation. School districts are forced to make drastic cuts. Goodhue cannot make necessary updates on its school. We have failed referendums to keep our educational systems at a level compatible with today's demands on our young students. Teachers are striking for fair pay.
The recent Goodhue School referendum was voted down and there is no plan B in place. Let me propose a plan B for Goodhue. Keep the old Goodhue School building for grades K through 9, and partner with Red Wing for grades 10 through 12. Red Wing has a big parking lot for those older teens who want to drive to school and that will alleviate the parking hassles around the Goodhue School.
Seems some of us RWHS grads should move back to Red Wing, run for City Council and restore seasoned adult behavior where required. Jim Million Fridley
Did you know there is a marathon going on in Red Wing as we speak? No, it isn't as large and grand as the New York City, Boston or Twin Cities marathon but it is likely much more important to Red Wing and the region. Based on our team's experience building major Mississippi River bridges, these projects are more like a marathon race than a sprint. There can be lots of excitement when the bridge construction work starts, but it doesn't take long for things to become methodical and sequential, like the mile after mile nature of a marathon.
My name is Bill Gorman and I am a farmer in Goodhue. Over the past two years, I have been working as a Land Stewardship Project member to advocate for a better Farm Bill. Through listening to farmers, it was clear we need a farm bill that uplifts family farmers, sustains our soil, and helps grow rural communities.
I am angry. What type of church would support the severing of family ties? The Church of Scientology? David Koresh and The Branch Davidians? Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple? Cults. What is frightening is, we have just such a "group think" church in our own backyard. I am angry at a church that encourages cutting ties with family who are non-members of the church. I am angry at a church that pacifies parents with fake smiles and a gung-ho, thumb- up attitude, while stealing their children.
There are those who hold the Second Amendment dear and those who feel it no longer serves a purpose. I wonder how the Japanese-Americans of the 1940s would respond? Everything taken away simply because of their ancestry. Would you fault them for protecting their families, homes and dignity? I can think of a few other ethnic clans wronged beyond description. Without apology, we need the Second Amendment.