I would just like to express my disappointment with the actions of city councilors regarding their discussion of the pipeline protesters and the activities of Polymet.
Once again Dave Ross has chosen to share his opinion about the Duluth City Council's Standing Rock resolution. ("City Council resolution disrupts the Twin Ports," Budgeteer, Jan. 8) The resolution has nothing to do with shipping, mining or Enbridge. I have read Mr. Ross' opinion several times to try and understand his motivation for attacking the City Council and singling council members by informing about unrelated subjects.
I wish to comment on the commentary from Wildwoods volunteer Megan Stanton in the July 10 Budgeteer, "Wildlife rehabilitation takes a lot of space." She offered updates on four phases of facility construction on the original site of a rural residential house. That house will remain to anchor further development of the animal hospital.
In regard to the "Stars and Stripes" story ("Stars and Stripes, patio edition," July 3), this (patio) flag is placed directly in line with stairs to the front door of the home, so anyone approaching the house would be obliged to step on the flag. Why in the world didn't somebody notice that walking on the flag of the United States of America is a major breach of flag etiquette? Why did the Budgeteer even print a story like that?
Yet another mass killing with an assault-type weapon. And the Republicans will say, "Oh, the criminals will get them, anyway." And would that include the deranged and terrorists? The Republican Congress majority refused to renew the assault weapons ban in 2004. Stewart Mills recently came down on the side of the Republicans in Congress and the side of the National Rifle Association. They refuse a commonsense plan and to broaden background checks.
I was so disappointed with the school board's decision not to sell Central. The only other offer since they closed it was not as much and fell through. They have a budget deficit and Edison is going to open a high school anyway. It makes no sense to me, especially since Central is costing the taxpayers for upkeep while it sits vacant. I was talking to an elementary school teacher a while ago. She said she had 35 students in her class and it was hard to give more attention to those who needed it. The sale of Central would have helped lower the class sizes and the deficit.
The April 18 column from Peggy Farr on lead in hunting ammunition was highly selective in presentation and could cause undue alarm. Although you would never know it from the column, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study, which cited of blood lead levels in North Dakota hunters, validates what hunters have always known: Consuming game harvested with traditional ammunition containing lead does not pose a human health risk.
Minnesota has the dubious honor of being only one of three states that taxes Social Security benefits to the same extent as the federal government. Ten states partially tax it and 37 place no tax on these benefits. In Rep. Erik Simonson's April 3 column, he mentions the income levels at which the benefits aren't taxed. These levels were established in 1985, when the median income was $24,436. In 2014 the median income was $67,244, twice the exemption threshold established in 1985.
In her Wildwoods columns (March 20 and previous articles) Peggy Farr asserts "lead is poison" and the that the best solution to this annual poisoning of our majestic national bird is to urge every hunter to switch to non-lead (specifically, copper) ammunition. That is only an assertion, not scientifically supported.
I read with interest the Budgeteer story "Veteran deals with aftereffects of Gulf War" (Jan. 31). John Marshall was the Captain of the Honor Guard at the Jan. 30 memorial service for my father, David Surges. Between seven children, Mom and the funeral organizers (close friends of our family), we somehow forgot a flag for the honor ceremony! Mr. Marshall saved the day by providing a flag and the military honors were absolutely beautiful.