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Frac sand mining...


Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

I wish to express my deep admiration for the Catholic Workers who went on trial for protesting frac sand mining in Winona. Their testimony in the courtroom and the way they live their lives are true inspirations. The owners of the protested facilities and the arresting officers all testified that the protesters were non-violent and deeply respectful.

What I would like the community to think about is this: Why is it that the corporations in this country can use the law to keep the people out of their property, but the people can’t use the law to keep the corporations out of our property, namely the air we inhale or the water we drink?

Why is it the corporations can shut down our operations forever--like our ability to breathe, or to protect our fragile karst aquifers and to nurture a tourism industry based on beautiful vistas and tranquility, but we can’t shut down their operations for an hour in peaceful protest?

The people are made to pay the true costs of every aspect of our failed fossil fuel industry: silicosis, contaminated rivers, leaking and exploding oil tankers, leaking and exploding pipelines, depleted ground water, unsafe roads, ruined home values, democracy sold to the highest bidder, and a planet fouled and plundered for future generations.

Make no mistake, it is a failed industry. If you leave a wake of destruction to deliver your product that can not be the definition of success.

Let this country get off of fossil fuels. Let’s treat this problem like the emergency it is. With a World War II level mobilization we can do this now. We are all responsible.

Donna Buckbee

Rushford, MN

Letter to the Editor: Hello to all in the Rushford area...

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, A BIG Thanks to all landowners/farmers and snowmobile clubs for letting us snowmobile such a beautiful area. This is my second time to tour through your beautiful bluffs...incredible!! I hope to be back to enjoy your accommodations; ..... 
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David Williams...

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Does anyone imagine for a minute that the vendetta against David Williams is unrelated to the frac sand mining struggle? Does anyone think the accusatory column wasn’t initiated by someone on the pro mining side of this debate? T ..... 
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Character Assasination of David Williams...

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, With balanced coverage of news and opinion and the promotion of mutual respect, community unity and harmony, a newspaper has a positive influence on a community. With weighty issues like the sand mining ordinance, with which the ..... 
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It’s time to start taking care of what we have...

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I agree with Lori Peterson, “It’s time…to start taking care of what we have - our kids…” It’s unfortunate, however, that there exists such a negative attitude by some, as to how best to provide for our kids. Several y ..... 
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Letter about Senator Miller and sand mining

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Sen. Matt Schmit of Red Wing, working with Trout Unlimited, has proposed provisions to protect trout streams in Southeast Minnesota from damage resulting from frac sand mining. He wanted these provisions included in the Game and Fi ..... 
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Letter about Miller’s actions

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, In this time of crisis, Southeast Minnesota deserves leadership to provide strong protections against the ravages of industrial-scale frac sand mining. Not only is Sen. Jeremy Miller not leading, he is an obstructionist to meaningf ..... 
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Letter about Greg Davids survey

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, One of the questions that Greg Davids brought up in his questionnaire was to put a 3.5 percent tax on our insurance premiums. I don’t know about anyone else, but my insurance premiums are a huge chunk out of our check already. He ..... 
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Letter about liberal brilliance

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Here are a few gems highlighting liberal brilliance. “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” -Nancy Pelosi “I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go?” -Barack Obama “Thank God, I ..... 
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