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Letter about R-P referendum


Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor



To the Editor,

When I mentioned to a proponent that increased taxes for a new school are problematic for people on a fixed income, she said, “There are a lot of old people with money here. They are just greedy.”

The 2007 flood was absolutely devastating as we all know. The city has nowhere near recovered.

Taxes in Rushford are already too high given purchases of land at over $80,000 an acre plus construction on a white elephant and a road to nowhere. Next year’s tax assessment was increased by 2.9 percent.

2009 median income for R-P is 27.7 percent less than the rest of the state. Today the country’s median income has also fallen by more than $4,000.

The cost of living index for Rushford is 85 on a scale of 100. We spend winters in California. The fact is that it is more expensive to live in Rushford than here. Our taxes are almost half of Minnesota’s, electrical rates are lower as is natural gas, and cost for water isn’t that much different either.

When the Bush tax cuts expire, all will pay more in federal taxes. Add also the coming requirement to buy expensive Obamacare health insurance. Increased taxes will also force owners of rental properties to raise rents.

Our country’s economy is flat. It will not recover soon. Obama has promised however, that we are all going to have share pain.

We do not need a new school. There are buildings throughout the world being used that are over a thousand years old. R-P has sound school structures. There is no point in abandoning them for a sparklier too expensive building.

Ehler says he will not give up. Perhaps there are greener pastures for him somewhere. Where old people really do have a lot of money and aren’t greedy.

Stan Gudmundson

Rushford, MN

Letter about R-P referendum

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about R-P referendum To the Editor, I think everyone in Rushford would love to have a new school. The thing that concerns me is the cost to the tax payers. $15,000,000 is not something to deal with lightly. I know that the interest rates ar ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about R-P referendum To the Editor, This letter is in response to the commentary featured prominently in The Journal on November 26, written by Brett Kues, about the school referendum. I have never heard of Mr. Kues, even though I’m also ..... 
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Letter about ...Rushford-Peterson Referendum

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about ...Rushford-Peterson Referendum To the Editor, We are writing to inform people about the upcoming referendum for Rushford-Peterson residents on Wednesday, December 19 from 11–8 pm in the Rushford-Peterson High School lobby. The requ ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about R-P referendum To the Editor, PLEASE VOTE YES FOR OUR CHILDREN Hillary Clinton once said, “It takes a village to raise a child!” What an insightful statement. As adults, we all know it does take a community to raise our childr ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about R-P referendum To the Editor, PLEASE VOTE YES FOR OUR CHILDREN Hillary Clinton once said, “It takes a village to raise a child!” What an insightful statement. As adults, we all know it does take a community to raise our childr ..... 
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Letter about Voter ID

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, The only time to guarantee there is no voter fraud is before the ballots go into the box. Once a vote is cast, no one knows, nor should they know, who voted for whom. The recounts in Minnesota over the last several cycles have proved ..... 
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Letter about frac study group

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I wish to make a correction in your coverage of the frac sand study group. When I spoke about the positive economic impacts of scenic highway designation I was not talking about our Scenic Highway #16. I was referring to a study by t ..... 
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Letter about City of Rushford

Tue, Aug 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Open Letter to Rushford from City of Rushford Councilperson Vern Bunke: Because of work related travel, I missed the May 29th Council meeting and will also miss the June 11th meeting. I hate not attending because important decision ..... 
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