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Letter about Loss of Freedom...


Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

Letter about Loss of Freedom...

To the Editor,

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, our Houston County Board of Commissioners took another step toward suppressing our rights, specifically freedom of speech. Until now, the Public Comment period was allotted 15 minutes at the beginning of weekly Board meetings, with each speaker limited to two minutes. With the new rules, Public Comments will only be heard once per month, at the end of the meeting, and each speaker will get three minutes to speak.

Judy Storlie initiated this change based on her “research” of how other counties manage the Public Comment period. How ironic is this? The Board, under Storlie’s guise of ‘leadership’, chose the very day before Veteran’s Day to destroy more of the peoples’ freedom: our freedom to voice our opinions in a public forum. This appears to be very convenient for the Board also. The body language exhibited by several commissioners during the public comment periods often reflects tolerance, if not disdain and boredom.

Reducing the frequency of Public Comment periods and moving it to the end of the meeting may have the impact they really want….fewer people and fewer concerns they have to listen to. This change also effectively limits input from the citizens on county business to be addressed on the weekly agenda. Yet we, the citizens, elected them and pay their salary. Who works for who here?

Our Houston County government continues to transform from: “of the people, by the people, for the people” to “of the board, by the board, for the board”!

Jim and Cindy Hobelsberger

La Crescent, MN

Letter about Judy Storlie convinces county board to further stifle democracy in Houston County...

Mon, Nov 16th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about Judy Storlie convinces county board to further stifle democracy in Houston County... To the Editor, At the Nov. 10 meeting, Judy Storlie presented a proposal to further limit public input at cunty commissioner meetings. Instead of the ..... 
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Letter about Word on the Web...

Mon, Nov 16th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

Letter about Word on the Web... To the Editor, The idea of having space for commentary and opinions is to start a conversation. I appreciate feedback on what I write, whether it’s positive or negative. When readers remain anonymous, the comme ..... 
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Letter about Small operations with big impact...

Mon, Oct 26th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

Letter about Small operations with big impact... To the Editor, The October 8, 2015 edition of Houston County News has an article titled “Planning commission says no to frac sand ban”. The article includes a quote from Houston County Planning ..... 
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Letter about response to “A Muslim President?”..

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Letter to the Editor

Letter about response to “A Muslim President?”... To the Editor, I want to thank Peggy Hanson and Roy Cerling for their thoughtful, reasonable response to editor-publisher Jason Sethre’s intolerant editorial regarding Muslims in America. I t ..... 
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Letter about Representative Tim Walz...

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

Letter about Representative Tim Walz... To the Editor, Representative Tim Walz, on Sept. 18, 2015, voted against H.R.3504, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. A Congressional Record summary of this bill follows: (Sec. 3) This bill ..... 
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Letter about...Please

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

Letter about...Please To the Editor, Please...let’s balance the books if we’re going to continue talking about “taking”. Yes, banning frac sand mining “takes” away a landowner’s right to engage in that specific activity. But, allow ..... 
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Reaction to Sethre commentary: A Muslim President

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Letter to the Editor

Dear Mr. Sethre, I was disturbed to read your commentary regarding the fitness of Muslims for President of the United States in the Sept 28 version of the Fillmore County Journal. I hope that you will take this as constructive criticism. I found ..... 
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Letter about “dirty hippie"...

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Just couldn’t let Eric Leitzen’s reference to John Lennon as a “dirty hippie” go by without comment. Eric is right in recognizing Lennon as a Boomer icon. His song “Imagine” was an anthem of hope for many of us. Lennon’ ..... 
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