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Letter about Say What?...


Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

What, if anything, are some of our decision makers in Houston County thinking?

What, for instance do you suppose Teresa Walters and Judy Storlie have been thinking when they repeatedly suggest that the footings for a proposed county highway shop are already in place at the location of their preference? No plans have been drawn, no permits have been pulled, but the footings have been poured??? You two better go take another look. Perhaps the roof is hanging there too. Sheesh.

Why does Teresa Walters think that when citizens point out a few of a “certain public employee’s” multiple wrongdoings, it is harassment. Perhaps “shooting the messengers” has become the “go to” solution there.

Why did the county commissioners allow two years and a ton of money to be wasted on drafting a criminally negligent mineral extraction ordinance that never even touches on, much less effectively addresses, public health, safety, and welfare, infrastructure recovery costs, or environmental terrorism?

And what is the planning commission’s chairman, Dan Griffin, thinking when he can’t stop saying that 60,000 cubic yards annually per mine, spaced one mile apart is “not that much”? Houston County’s land mass could support over 500 mines under those parameters. At fifteen yards per truck, that’s 8,000 truck trips per mine per year. (4,000 out and 4,000 back). Even if only 250 mines were operating at capacity, that would add two million truck trips per year to our existing traffic. If Dan lived on the only highway leading to the trans-loading site and if the mines were operating 260 twelve-hour days a year, fifteen trucks per minute would be roaring past “Home Sweet Home”. I wonder how, “HONEY, IT’S NOT THAT MUCH” would play out in the environment. --- Probably clear up the meaning of “conflict of interests”.

Kent Holen

Houston, Minn.

Letter about Social Security...

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, A recent newspaper said that Social Security was 80 years old this year. It got me to thinking about taking a look back and also up to the present. My father’s experience with S.S. was the beginning. My parents were farmers and ..... 
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Letter about SE Minn. employer commuter travel survey...

Mon, Aug 10th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, A study about the feasibility of new regional commuter transportation and transit services in Southeast Minn. is underway, led by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). Planners are examining the demand for commuter tra ..... 
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Letter about no place for a sand mine...

Mon, Aug 10th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, By now you have probably caught wind of some sort of scuttlebutt surrounding the Tracie and Michelle Erickson mine located three miles east of Rushford. Perhaps you have read newspaper articles or letters to the editor about CUP v ..... 
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Letter about Houston County planning commission votes not to enforce ordinances...

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, At the July 23 Planning Commission meeting a motion was made and seconded to require that the county board mandate enforcement of county mining ordinances by the Planning and Zoning department. As you may know, over 90% of the c ..... 
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Letter about Houston County shop project...

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, This Houston County shop project is out of hand. Let me start by saying I sat on commissioner Steve Schuldt’s “public committee” the last time they met. There were some very rational and well thought out conversations. Would ..... 
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Letter about freedom follies...

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Castro, Mussolini, Stalin, and countless other monarchic and oligarchic regimes in the annals of history were leaders. I doubt any public input, much less any stinking public input meetings, ever took place under their leaderships ..... 
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Letter about the Lynn Swan effect...

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, As more POTUS candidates enter the fray, each seems to be trying to outdo the others with improptu plans for tax reform. What they have in common, aside from sketchy research, is that they are all one species or another of a flat t ..... 
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Letter about response to Jon Pieper...

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, It’s clear Jon Pieper has dusted off his DFL campaign playbook. The first entry is “if you keep repeating something often enough – even if it isn’t true – hopefully people will start to believe it.” This nonsense abo ..... 
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