Letter to the Editor
To the editor: I ask all Douglas County pull tab players, recipients and the members of the 14 nonprofit charities in the county who sell pull tabs and use the profits to fund local activities and community enrichment to do the following: • Please contact your county commissioner, Sheriff Troy Woberson, County Attorney Chad Larson and Auditor Char Rosenow to analyze the Informed TV videos and Minnesota Gambling Control Board information and other insight I sent them for the purpose of justice.
To the editor: (From the May 29 Echo Press editorial, "Don't fear roundabouts — they work"): "The latest suggestion from a firm hired by MnDOT recommends placing a multi-lane roundabout at the intersection of Third Avenue and Highway 29, near Elden's Fresh Foods in Alexandria. "While the firm's study showed it would reduce delays 50 percent, we're still not convinced it's the best option and neither is the public." So much for "no concern" about being sideswiped or being cut off! Larry Leighton Alexandria, MN
To the editor: I want to thank several people that helped my wife and I Monday afternoon, June 3, at the Lake Ida Public Access. I had just pulled my pontoon out of the water when I heard several crashes and thuds indicating there was a major problem. I had forgotten to make sure my trailer hitch pin was in place, the trailer came off my hitch, hit my car, broke one of the two towing chains, and was now hanging by the single remaining chain halfway up the ramp.
To the editor: This past Saturday, a group of our friends threw a benefit in honor of our son, Lucas, who will be undergoing chemo this summer for a brain tumor that was discovered in February. This has been a long few months for our family and it is still a long road ahead. But with the love and support of our friends, family, and community, it is bearable.
To the editor: For all who are upset about the county purchasing First Lutheran Church take a breath and look on the bright side. A) Moving forward, the building won't be used on any weekends or national holidays. That's a total of 114 days where it'll be quieter than a church mouse. I had to throw that in. B) Zero traffic from children being dropped off and then picked up at Community Nursery School. That's less traffic Monday through Friday during the school year. C) No more Wednesday afternoon Bible school and confirmation classes.
To the editor: What is going on in the Alexandria schools? Despite content changes, the fall musical, "Legally Blonde," was still vulgar and offensive several times. The spring play, "She Kills Monsters," required changes to be approved by representatives of the play's author ("AAHS: Changes approved; spring play opens Friday"; April 9 Echo Press). Given these changes came only a few days before the play's performance, it's doubtless that students in the play, many of whom can't even attend an R-rated movie on their own, were exposed to this content.
To the editor: I see from Dr. Terry Kennedy's letter of May 30 that bullying continues to be an issue for our school kids. It is tragic that kids have to bring the issue to adults when we know that the roots of the bullying live in our ignorance and in our homes.
To the editor: I recently read an article stating socialism would benefit the middle class. I completely disagree with that statement. Social Security was brought up so let's address that. It started in 1935 to allow people 65 years of age and older to retire. At first glance, it seems great until you realize the average American life expectancy at the time was 61.7 years of age, so most the people paying in never got to use it.
To the editor: The well-structured and concise presentation on school bullying given by 14-year-old Zach Hay to the District 206 School Board Monday night was one of the most courageous acts I have seen in some time. I sincerely hope his comments and recommendations become a pivotal moment in the ongoing quest to properly deal with this most serious problem in our schools. Terence J. Kennedy, MD Alexandria, MN
To the editor: Another session of the Minnesota Legislature is almost over. They agreed to a budget that reflects compromise on both sides of the aisle, for which they should be applauded.