Republicans never seem to tire of telling horror stories about the Affordable Care Act, or ACA. Too bad the lame complaints of pitiful “victims” usually fall apart under the least scrutiny. And, of course, if they can’t find real stories, they’re happy to make stuff up, even with hired actors, as a Koch brothers-funded group did in Louisiana.
I heard a report that Al Gore said that anyone who disputes his man-caused global-warming idea belongs in the Flat Earth Society. I would be happy to join this society. It just so happens that several years ago my youngest son, during a high school debate, proved the Earth is flat. This proof is just as factual as Al Gore’s theory about global warming.
In my opinion, the sulfide mine proposed by PolyMet Corp. to be placed near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Lake Superior would have a net negative impact for the area. In the short term the promise of jobs is attractive, but in the long term the environment will be irreversibly degraded.
In keeping with Mayor Don Ness’ proposal to revitalize Duluth’s western waterfront, how about an initiative to restore the long-abandoned, No. 5 curved ore dock in the West End to provide a unique recreational resource for both tourists and town folk?
I found the article about physicians and nurses who wrote a letter about PolyMet and the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement, or SDEIS, to be rather troubling (“Potential PolyMet health effects concern doctors,” Feb. 28).
A natural resource under consideration for development (copper-nickel) in northern Minnesota does mean jobs (needed jobs), and there is no reason why it should not be looked into. With the right technology there should be a way of doing it with as little damage as possible. Our state needs the jobs, and there should be a solution to the pollution problem.
I’m writing in response to the Feb. 28 article describing the concerns of 19 “physicians, nurses and medical school faculty” regarding the proposed PolyMet mining project (“Potential PolyMet health effects concern doctors”).
On a recent Sunday I had to pay $500 to thaw out water pipes that were not on my property but under the street and owned by the city of Hermantown. When I called the city, it was made clear the pipes were my responsibility, and I was given a few numbers to call for a private contractor.
Choosing to serve my country as a member of the Army was one of the greatest decisions I ever made. It also was a daunting commitment, but I knew that whatever happened to me, in return for my service, my country would take care of me. It’s a promise the military makes to its soldiers.
I found the February DFL caucus to be an excellent way to learn about the issues that matter most to my neighbors and community and a good way to be active in the political process. I look forward to serving as a delegate to the 7th District DFL convention on March 22, and I want to urge my fellow delegates to support Jennifer Schultz for the House District 7A seat.
It is amazing that in this era of mass communication there are people who still confuse weather with climate change or global warming. Whether it be temperature, hurricanes, snowstorms, rain, etc., these are local conditions described as “weather” for your particular area. They fluctuate from day to day and from year to year. Any one local fluctuation in temperature or snowfall does not in itself determine global warming. Global warming or climate change comes from the mass collection of weather data and other conditions worldwide. From those who collect and interpret this data, the climate, to the dismay of the uninformed, is warming.
Whoever wrote the caption for the picture of Duluth police officers Daryl Diver and David Hnatek in the Feb. 27 News Tribune was never in the military. Standing at attention does not mean thumbs in your pocket or hands crossed in front.
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