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Sauer - Letter to the Editor


Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Heartland

The JOBZ program was developed to promote the movement of companies and projects to "rural" Minnesota that otherwise would not consider such a move. The incentive was to replace vacant lots and empty store fronts with businesses and employees that would eventually provide some tax base. It was envisioned, judging from the location of the zones, that Minnesota would lure business from Iowa, Wisconsin, and other adjacent states.

To even consider granting JOBZ tax incentives to the Heartland tire burning facility is, I believe, a total dereliction of due diligence by the Preston City Council. It is interesting to note, the city is being defended by The League of Minnesota Cities who presented the city with a choice of three law offices and strongly urged acceptance of the current firm. Heartland is represented by Dorsey & Whitney LLP, a Bronze Partner of The League of Minnesota Cities. In the current lawsuit the two law firms have decided between them that JOBZ designation and a $300,000 poultice would help heal any wounded pride. This might save The League of Minnesota Cities some money if Heartland were to prevail in the suit (not a sure thing), but will shift the costs to the taxpayers of Preston and Fillmore county.

I believe we must consider the following:

1. No other city, county, or state would allow this plant, as presently permitted, let alone seek it out and try to entice it to move from Preston.

2. Heartland does not need to be attracted; it's fighting to get into Preston.

3. If Heartland were to receive the tax breaks from the state it has been promised to date the owner of a $100,000 home will pay $325+ annually to provide services and infrastructure for Heartland (See Hanson letter in a previous edition). Adding JOBZ to this will add to all Preston taxpayers burden and stretch it out another 12 years.

4. Preston taxpayers will be supporting a project that is an outdated solution to a non-existent problem. Minnesota has no scrap tire storage problem. The plant will need to import most of its fuel from distant sites. Incinerating tires or any other trash is not recycling. Real recycling efforts and programs will soon make used tires a sought after commodity in many states. This will make this fuel more and more expensive to import.

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Redalen - letter to the Editor

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about CREP

In the March 15th issue of the Journal, Donna Rasmussen wrote a column asking us all to contact our elected officials urging support of the controversial CREP program. I ask you to contact these officials and e ..... 
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Jergenson - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about gay marriage

I became a follower of Jesus Christ 13 years ago. If you're like me, you're probably very troubled about the prospect of gay marriage, gay pastors, and the Ten Commandments being thrown out of our publi ..... 
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Hellerud - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter supporting Rep. Davids

Greg Davids is not the problem and he has been the solution to many of the problems we have had in Southeastern Minnesota.

Look at the man's record since he was elected as a Mi ..... 
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Eppen - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about biblical literalism

Why I read Mr. Panko's editorial is a question, since I normally do not read them. I have never written a letter to the editor until now.

His view is that there are no moral ..... 
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Adelsman - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about biblical literalism

In response to Mr. Panko's opinion in the March 8, Journal, when Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior was in the desert for 40 days and night, he quoted the same scripture to Satan that is availabl ..... 
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Underbakke - Bonita A.

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about same sex marriage bill

The proposal to amend the Constitution of Minnesota to ban same-sex marriages would legitimize discrimination. This would be in direct contrast to our state's historical goal of promoting equa ..... 
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Nyenhuis

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Rep. Davids

Rep. Greg Davids must be afraid of losing the election. He must be desperate to resort to using a "wedge" issue instead of dealing with tough issues, the economy, jobs, education, healthcare an ..... 
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Lesser - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about the Bible

I felt the article written by Mr. Panko (March 8, Fillmore County Journal) demanded a response (especially when he would seem to boldly compare those believing in an absolute truth with sects, cults, and t ..... 
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