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Seat belts and car seats...


Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

Chances are you have noticed extra law enforcement on our roads and “Click It or Ticket” messages on TV and radio. The effort and the messages certainly raise awareness about seatbelts and their use, but there is a deeper reason for the campaign. Quite simply, there are far too many preventable fatalities and life-altering injuries occurring on Minnesota roads.

In the past five years alone, 587 people died and 9,739 were injured as a result of not wearing seat belts – that’s more than 41 percent of all motor vehicle occupant fatalities.

In my 32 years in law enforcement, I heard the excuses:

•“Not buckling up only affects me.” Unfortunately, an unbelted motorist can be tossed around the vehicle, striking others. An unbelted driver can fly out of reach of the steering wheel and lose control of the vehicle. Crashes, deaths and injuries attributed to unbelted motorists cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

•“I’m a safe driver.” You may be, but what about other drivers who share the road with you? A seat belt keeps you in the vehicle’s designed protective space and allows for deployed air bags to work properly.

• “I don’t need to buckle up in the back seat.” Not true. Minnesota’s seat belt law requires drivers and passengers in all seating positions to be buckled up or in the correct child restraint.

Behind every statistic is a person. And every single person who has died on our roads has left behind loved ones. This is why we are committed to doing all we can to prevent needless deaths on our roadways.

Buckle up – it’s the law and it’s your best defense in case of a crash.

Mona Dohman

Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Public Safety

In response to Greg Davids’ commentary ...

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I believe Greg Davids’ recent commentary needs clarification and context. The Affordable Care Act means that 12 million more non-elderly people will have health insurance in 2014 than if the ACA had not been enacted according to t ..... 
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Rushford Village...

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Gordon Johnson’s ignorance about the intelligence of Rushford Village residents is surpassed only by his arrogance. I would like to thank those who brought around the petition. Jon Peterson Peterson, MN

Regarding "Free Speech"...

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Thank you, David Lawson, for reading and responding to my commentary about Jeff Erding and U.N. Agenda 21. And, yes, I would have the same sentiments regardless of which side of the fence, or aisle, one sits on if their argument does ..... 
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Letter about Waseca High School...

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, We share in the relief parents and friends of students at Waseca High School feel, who are now sitting around their dinner tables with their children instead of standing over a hospital bed or worse, attending a funeral. What almost ..... 
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Frac sand mining in SE Minnesota...

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, This letter is to express my strong objection of frac sand mining here in southeastern Minnesota. As a resident of rural Fillmore County my potential for being heavily impacted by this activity is very high. Frac sand mining is nothi ..... 
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Letter about Mrs. Nyenhuis

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Mrs. Nyenhuis, you have lost all credibility as a contributor to this publication. Referring to Mr. Erding as a cockroach shows a total lack of discipline, respect and intelligence on your part. Why do so many liberals think it’s ap ..... 
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Letter about Agenda 21

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I want to compliment you on printing the two different opinions on the subject of United Nations Agenda 21. You are keeping us informed of local and national events in your own privately owned business. To me, this is a fine example ..... 
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Letter about free speech

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

Free speech... To the Editor, In response to LuAnn Wilcox’s commentary in the April 21 edition of the Fillmore County Journal criticizing Jeff Erding, I too am relatively new to the area (moved here 11+ years ago from the Twin Cities) and I would ..... 
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