Recently, U.S. Sen. Tina Smith was lamenting the loss of an illegal immigrant child who died while in Border Patrol custody, meanwhile disregarding hundreds of unborn babies that were brutally and painfully slaughtered under her watch as former director of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota. Joe Engesser Red Wing
At this Christmas season — when so many of us revisit the story of a family in dire straits sojourning in a strange land, with a soon-to-be mother — we must stop all funding for the separation of families at our border(s). How many more must die at the hands of ICE or risk never seeing their families/children again? Karl Hamann Red Wing
> At this Christmas season — when so many of us revisit the story of a family in dire straits sojourning in a strange land, with a soon-to-be mother — we must stop all funding for the separation of families at our border(s). How many more must die at the hands of ICE or risk never seeing their families/children again? Karl Hamann Red Wing More taxes ahead Taxes.
Although much of Wisconsin has experienced colder temperatures and accumulating snow, the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs reminds snowmobilers many — if not most — trails are not open. Before a trail can be opened, the ground under the snow needs to be frozen to ensure trails crossing wet areas are safe. In agricultural areas, adequate snow is necessary to protect the ground and crops the trail travels over.
Taxes. There must be something wrong with our state government. They have a budget surplus. Our state and local governments seem to hold to the principle that enough taxes are never enough. Our elected officials know what is good for us and will find a way of spending our money. Budget cuts and smart spending? Enough of these foolish ideas, Goodhue County needs more taxes. Also remember the new county sales tax starts next month. Butch Berlin Frontenac
Goodhue County sent out notice of a public hearing to gather the public's testimony on designating all mixed municipal solid waste (commonly referred to as trash) generated in Goodhue County be sent to the Red Wing Solid Waste Campus. That hearing will be 9 a.m. Jan. 8, 2019, in the Government Center boardroom. The purpose of this article is to give the public additional information concerning this designation. The county has been working with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the city of Red Wing for a decade to find a solution for handling the county's trash in a manner that is acceptable to all parties. Counties are required by the MPCA to have an approved Solid Waste Plan. State law prioritizes how solid waste is to be managed with most preferred to least preferred being: reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, waste to energy, and landfilling. The MPCA requires counties to support this hierarchy in their plans.
When I opened my 2019 proposed tax statement I was shocked! I knew the county had voted to increase the 2019 taxes by 9 percent, which Barney Nesseth and Jason Majerus voted against. When I added up my parcels, I found my tax had increased by 16.1 percent over 2018.
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.