There exists three certainties in life: death, taxes, and disagreement about taxes. And while debate about taxes seems to be part of our national and cultural DNA, political and social division get us nowhere.
Earlier this year, Shane McAllister grew worried when his 9-month-old son, Andrew, developed a 102 degree fever. Shane is a Minnesota doctor, but even with his medical training, he was surprised to see his son quickly lose his cheerful energy and spirit. It scared him, so he rushed Andrew to the emergency room. It didn't take doctors long to diagnose Andrew with a severe case of the flu. Thankfully, treatment returned the little boy to his normal self within a few days.
On Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Government Venter in Red Wing there will be a public meeting to discuss the proposed 2019 budget and proposed 9 percent tax increase. I would like to invite residents of Goodhue County to attend and give their input in regards to the 2019 proposed budget. Thank you to the many residents who have already discussed their concerns and suggestions with me. I look forward to hearing from many more of you at the pubic meeting about your concerns and suggestions. Hope to see you there. The current proposed budget can be found at
Republican Eagle — "Barn Bluff will 'burn' on Wednesday" (R-E online, Nov. 27) So, did this one require a prior dual blessing, much like traditional interfaith marriages? Is there currently a sacred site burning manual available? Does the Red Wing Fire Department have appropriate permissions? Isn't that current nature of Red Wing realities. Jim Million Fridley
Five years ago, a group of citizens in Red Wing formed a committee of volunteers to address the shelter needs of homeless individuals and families. We have worked in collaboration with HOPE Coalition, Connecting Connections, Youth Outreach, Salvation Army, Southeast Minnesota Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the Red Wing Police Department and the city of Red Wing. HOPE Coalition's housing advocate is a member of this committee and HOPE is our fiscal agent.
I've been following the story of the international sex-trafficking ring in the papers over the last few months. As horrifying as it is to read about, I'm grateful for the coverage to raise awareness to this tragic phenomenon. I am a social worker in St. Paul, and I have worked with several women who have been pressured into the sex industry, many of whom are foreign-born and do not have the resources or knowledge to advocate for themselves.
These midterm elections felt momentous, and they were. Some things changed on Tuesday — for the better or for the worse, depending on your ideological orientation — but in a sense, Nov. 6 was a referendum on democracy itself.
I'd like to address Allan and Gaye Larson's letter regarding property tax reform, and a number of inaccuracies contained within it (RE, Nov. 10). First off, Minnesota's schools are receiving historic amounts of state funding. Secondly, the property tax is not the most regressive tax there is. Cigarette taxes, the sick tax, and the gas tax — which Governor-elect Tim Walz is already proposing to increase — all are much more regressive.
The second round of the 2018 Pierce County Herald Hunters Showcase is in! Please don't forget to send us your photos if you haven't yet! Send them to Sarah at email@example.com . Please include name of the hunter, age (if a child), town of residence, area where deer was harvested (general vicinity is fine as we know you don't want to give away your secret spots), number of points and inch spread (if a buck), weight if known and any other details you find interesting.
HOPE Coalition, which has a mission of finding housing and assistance for those in need, is pleased to announce that a temporary solution has been found to house the offices and staff of HOPE Coalition. Following a grand tradition of Red Wing charitable assistance, two area churches have opened their hearts and their basements, allowing us to move into their spaces while we find permanent housing.