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PHAMA - Letter to the editor


Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Heartland

Greetings and peace to the residents of Preston, Lanesboro, Harmony and the surrounding areas. We are writing on behalf of the Preston-Harmony Area Ministerial Association (PHAMA) concerning the controversy over the Heartland Recycling and Energy Plant. As individual members, we in the ministerial have different view points on the plant. We also are not trained scientists, but are well informed lay scientists. We read the same reports and come to different conclusions. We understand there are health concerns and we understand there is a desire to help the community economically. As such, the ministerial is not taking a pro or con stance concerning the plant, we will remain neutral as a group.

However, one thing we are not going to remain neutral on, is the concern we have for the souls of the individuals and the souls of the respective communities that are embroiled in the controversy. We are greatly distressed by the change in the atmosphere of the towns, and specifically Preston. Evil has entered the town in ways not imagined a year ago. We are hearing of and personally experiencing a greater lack of community friendliness on the streets. Personal, non-physical, attacks are being made upon the city, council members, mayor and city employees.

The various leaders in the communities are not setting a good example for our children in how to manage conflict or how to work as a team even when two sides do not get along. We have name calling in council meetings. Community members are trying to pull the undecided to one side or the other, and there is often contempt for those who say I want to think about it, or I have not decided yet, or I am staying neutral.

These types of actions are harmful not just to the image of the area, but to the spirit of the communities and the souls of the individuals. Anger and fear have run amok. Fear and anger have bred contempt for others, gossip, bad manners, individualism, unfriendliness and more. The actions of today will have repercussions into the future for individuals and groups. The Ministerial is concerned not just about the now, but the future as well.

As such, the PHAMA seeks the following from the participants in the current debate over the Heartland Plant.

1. To keep the focus on the cause of the conflict, and not let it degenerate any more into personal at .....
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Holecek - Letter to the editor

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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Letter about court case

I read in the Journal last week about those trees alledgedly cut by Lowell Stephas. The trees that were cut were box elders and one cottonwood. The cottonwood was in the roadway and should have been cut y ..... 
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Attwood - Letter to the editor

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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Letter about joint law enforcement between Preston and Lanesboro

My admiration for Sheriff Jim Connelly was enhanced by his impartial presentation to the Lanesboro City Council on August 18. According to news reports, he sugge ..... 
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Marsh - Letter to the editor

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about President Bush

The writer of an August 18 letter said about President Bush, "It's been proven that he wasn't even elected President..."

This is good news, if true. It means that the American pe ..... 
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Laughlin - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Preston Mayor and City Council

I moved to Preston about 13 years ago. As I came over the hill at the golf course for the first time, I was sure I had dropped into heaven the rolling hills were so green and everyo ..... 
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Feine - Letter to the editor

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about sign regarding Preston City Council  Editors note: Following the Monday, August 18, Preston City Council meeting, a sign was placed on the council chambers that read: Is Preston being DICTATED by Mayor Pechulis? ..... 
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Riddle - Letter to the editor

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Heartland

I am writing to express concern about the proposed Heartland Tire Burning Plant near Preston, MN. According to plans, the plant would burn 103,000 tons of tires a year, or 396 tons a day, producing thousan ..... 
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Kramer - Letter to the editor

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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Letter about political parties

I would like to make a comment concerning the letter to the editor by Theresa Hayden. In her letter she commented that this area has consistently voted to send Republicans to St. Paul and Washingto ..... 
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C.J. Johnson - Letter to the editor

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Bush and Robertson

I am wondering why Tony McConnell (letter to editor August 1) is so overjoyed about George Bush being President. It's been proven that he wasn't even elected President, but with the help of Jeb Bu ..... 
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