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Letters: Night to Unite a success; Democracy does not equal mob rule

Thanks for making Night to Unite such a success

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone that helped make the Night to Unite at Newport Lutheran Church such a success on Aug 1. I especially want to thank Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, New-Park Lions, Newport Fire Department, Washington County Sheriff's Office and Newport Lutheran Church members. It was a wonderful night to gather with neighbors and friends and share conversations. Thank you again.

Emily White

Newport Lutheran Church


Democracy does not equal mob rule

The three senators Rachel Garaghty ("We need courage, not cowards, in Congress," Aug. 2 letter) noted, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and John McCain, were not courageous. They caved. A Senate vote to repeal and replace Obamacare would have simply started a conversation about creating a more effective and affordable health care system. Since Obamacare is imploding, and premiums are skyrocketing, I guess Garaghty would rather settle than get something better. Remember that Democrats passed Obamacare without having read the entire bill first. Not a good accounting of taxpayer money. The repeal-and-replace effort isn't over yet.

Garaghty made several accusations against Congressman Jason Lewis, one regarding town hall meetings. I suspect Garaghty agrees with the protesters who recently shot a video of their protest on the congressman's porch. Unlawfully, I might add. If so, Garaghty is on board with bullying people into doing what she wants. I also suspect the only reason she wants a town hall meeting is so that she and her cohorts can get Lewis to organize an event that they can then hijack for their own purposes, probably to make it look like the majority is against him. Not so.

If Garaghty really had serious concerns, she would have contacted the congressman through his website,, called his Burnsville office at 651-846-2120 or his D.C. office at 202-225-2271. She just has to have the courage to make the contact.

So far as I know, democracy does not equal mob rule.

Jewel Pickert



Supporting CVT is an investment

We hope that Goodhue County, Red Wing and Cannon Falls governments increase their support for the Cannon Valley Trail over the next 10 years to complete the necessary improvements and repairs on the trail.

We are avid bikers/hikers and the Cannon Valley Trail is the best trail in the world (in our opinion). It is quiet (without unnecessary car traffic), has beautiful scenery and wildlife, and is between two of the sweetest little towns in Minnesota.

We live in the Cities and come down weekly for an enjoyable time on the trail. The Cannon Valley Trail has been a special part of our lives for about 10 years and biking/hiking has helped us stay fit and improved our quality of life.

We have met many interesting people on the Trail and no matter how many times we ride or hike the Trail, it just never gets old.

We are looking forward to many more years of coming to Red Wing and Cannon Falls to ride, hike, eat and shop. We know it is expensive keeping asphalt and bridges in good condition, but it is an investment in Goodhue County's future.

Thank you for your beautiful trail and thank you for your support keeping it maintained for our future.

Joanne and David Atwell

Cottage Grove