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Spangler - Letter to the Editor


Fri, Jan 2nd, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Saddam Hussein’s grip on power was built on Baathist party loyalists who dispensed money and privileges in exchange for support from Iraqis who were the “right” ethnicity (Sunni Muslims), willing to brutally trample the rights of others (Kurds and Shiites) and outspoken in their allegiance to the dictator. Who were the beneficiaries of Saddam’s rule? Immediate family, builders of palaces, purveyors of energy to industrial nations, suppliers of weapons, and businesses led by “right-minded” men who would toe the party line. Such was the government of patronage and cronyism assembled by the bully of Baghdad.

Meanwhile, back in the peaceful Root River valley, one of our businessmen was told that it would not be in his best interests if he continued to display the “wrong” political campaign sign in his yard. The sign stayed up. Soon thereafter, our businessman was notified that he would no longer be doing work for a major industry on “Energy Drive.” Who has the right to threaten our citizens for their political views? How did we come to this desecration of democratic principles right here, in river city?

Go back a few years to a City Council quietly plotting Preston’s industrial future. In dreams besotted by ethanol, the city fathers imagined immense wealth pouring into the pockets of local investors. An industrial park would be created, new streets would be named, an ethanol plant would be built, area farmers would have a new market for their corn. At last, a multi-layered welfare scheme to benefit rural communities; the “government” would pay a subsidy to corn growers; the ethanol plant would be paid another subsidy to turn corn into fuel. Without delay, or serious consideration of potential environmental side-effects, the permits were issued, the plant built, and plans laid for the next stage of smokestack industry in the valley.

As originally conceived, the Heartland tire incinerator would earn nearly 50 per cent of its revenue from co-generation, the sale of steam to its industrial neighbor, Pro-Corn, LLC. The balance of its revenue would come from tipping fees, sale of electricity to the power grid, and sale of steel and ash recovered from the tires. Unmindful of the poisonous metals and hundreds of tons of noxious gasses that would spew forth into the skies over Preston, the visionary plant proponent told the MPCA in public hearings, “there is no waste!” But, there is, of course, another .....
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Schommer - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Jan 2nd, 2004
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There is a story in the Bible in the book of Genesis, that tells of twin brothers, Esau and Jacob. Esau was the elder and had the birth right of an eldest son. This was no small matter back at that time. One day Esau was hungry after working all day ..... 
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Ott - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Jan 2nd, 2004
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The election for City Councilman to fill the term of Mike Gartner is coming up January 15th. “Doc” Bob Sauer was appointed to that position temporarily until an election could be held. Doc Sauer has very ably filled that position. To anyone who has g ..... 
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Hatleli - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Jan 2nd, 2004
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As I sat in church at Rushford Lutheran with my family early this past Christmas Eve, I was overtaken by an awesome spectacle. It was the light of sunset illuminating the figure of Christ, the Good Shepherd, on the huge stained glass window of the ch ..... 
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Erdman - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Jan 2nd, 2004
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As a senior citizen in the Wykoff area, I have heard many concerns expressed about the upcoming school bond referendum. Some people without children in the school system see no benefit to themselves. Others have not yet accepted the school consolidat ..... 
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Bell - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Jan 2nd, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

My most favorite time of the year is the week between Christmas and the New Year. It’s when I take stock of what has happened throughout the past year. During this time I clean out my files, make piles, re-read cards and letters, prepare for doing my ..... 
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Aug - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Jan 2nd, 2004
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I am writing this letter to the Editor as a concerned lifetime citizen of Preston. We are rapidly approaching a very critical election for council members on January 15th. I, as most of you, have heard a great deal about the underlying issues our cit ..... 
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Letter to the editor - Peterson

Fri, Dec 26th, 2003
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Letter about Heartland

Millions of tires are discarded in the U.S. each year. Many states, including Minnesota, have banned them from landfills. As a result, disposal options have increased significantly. Tires re-used as asphal ..... 
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Klingerman - Letter to the editor

Fri, Dec 26th, 2003
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Letter about Spring Valley Grade School

The Spring Valley grade school would make an excellent prison. Prisons and jail space is short all across the state. Most of the roof has been replaced and it has an excellent gymnasium, f ..... 
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