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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 9:07 AM

The article by Mary Jo Dathe with the subject of chickens brought back some memories, some rustic, some smelly, some back breaking and some happy.

  • The article by Mary Jo Dathe with the subject of chickens brought back some memories, some rustic, some smelly, some back breaking and some happy.

  •   I want to thank Mark Reps for his fine articles on health issues.  
  • It's undeniable that our rural towns are different than they were even one generation ago. There are a few less businesses, a few more shuttered houses. To passersby, it might appear that these places are dying, some already dead. Certainly, books like Joseph Amato's “Decline of Rural Minnesota” (1993) and Patrick Carr and Maria Kefalas' “Hollowing Out the Middle” (2010) tell the story of young people moving out, deaths outpacing births, and the decline of agriculture as a primary economic engine.

  • Enjoyed your column on the Kellogg family (Glimpses of Yesteryear April 29 edition).  If you mentioned it, I missed it and I apologize for reading a non-Braille newspaper.

  • Residents who were incorrectly concerned that I do not support land buffers can rest easier tonight.

  • Regarding the article in the Spring Valley Tribune entitled “Legislative survey results show preferences of District 28B residents,” I have a problem with your newspaper reporting the results of Rep. Davids’ questionnaire as straight news 
  • Kirby Johnson's recent letter to the editor (Spring Valley Tribune April 29 edition) hit the nail on the head as to why I strongly support repealing the estate tax – in order to protect the family farm.

  • Greg Rendahl recently expressed his disappointment with my opposition to Gov. Dayton's idea requiring 50-foot buffer zones along rivers and streams (Bluff Country Reader letter April 20 edition). He thinks I'm catering to the interests of a few "greedy" farmers.

  • Greg Davids is again proposing to benefit the rich at the cost to education and infrastructure. Raising the estate tax exemption is wrong. Using a current tax surplus to effect taxes for all time is ingenuous. 
  • Tax season is winding down for another year.  Many of us have done our taxes.  Many are still waiting.  It is good during this time of year to contemplate our taxes, how much we pay and what our politicians are doing with those monies.

  • After reading the piece written by Dr. Mark Reps, March 25 edition, regarding as to when to take the keys away from senior drivers, I decided that I had to make my 2½¢ opinion known.

  • With housing being considered a basic need, the state does a lot to help ensure Minnesotans of all ages and incomes are able to find an affordable place to rent or own. This was the focus of discussions I had recently with some Albert Lea constituents who work with Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless.

  • Now that we’re about half way through the 2015 legislative session, you’ll start to hear much more discussion about budget targets. With the Legislature under full DFL control over the past two years, many pieces of legislation passed on strictly partisan votes. This year, we have a split Legislature and Republicans in the Senate have been busy bringing proposals to the table that will help Minnesotans. We’re seeing encouraging signs that some of these bills are gaining traction, so keep an eye out for them as committee deadlines approach.

  • My name is Jackson Pettes and I am a sixth grader at Paideia Academy in Apple Valley, Minn. As a class project, for Minnesota history, we are researching a Distinguished Service Cross soldier with Minnesota connections to World War I. The soldier I chose was William MacDonald, who was born in Chatfield. As part of this project, we are sending it to editors of local newspapers to inform citizens about Distinguished Service Cross recipients and local connections. 
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