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Recent letters to the editor have discussed whether elected officials such as U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis should meet personally with their constituents at town hall meetings. One writer suggested that such meetings are unneeded and that serious concerns can be adequately communicated through the representative's official website. I have found that method ineffective and have no confidence that Lewis devotes sufficient attention to understand questions submitted to his website.
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
Katie Nelson's recent story ("Health care town hall in Cottage Grove shines light on Medicaid recipients") featured personal stories of those who have benefited from public safety net programs. Good stuff, but unfortunately, focusing on those low-income families, children and those with disabilities for whom Medicaid programs are intended obscures what's really driving unsustainable costs in these programs — the expansion of Medicaid eligibility to childless, able-bodied adults. Conflating the two groups misleads the public to think that any future cuts to Medicaid will disproportionately affect those who really need these programs.
We need courage, not cowards, in Congress Three Republican Senators just saved more than 20 million American lives. That's called courage, and it's how our elected officials are supposed to act. Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine were the only Republicans to vote against their party's bill to repeal Obamacare on July 28. With their votes, they effectively ended their party's cruel effort to rip health insurance away from millions of people. These three senators saved America.
Two weeks ago, a group of kids from the Park High School Thespian Troupe 6136 got the thrilling privilege to travel on a bus to exotic Lincoln, Nebraska. This doesn't sound very thrilling, right? But for us, this was our wildest dream coming true. The International Thespian Festival was long awaited for us. We went to the University of Lincoln Nebraska where we met student thespians from Los Angeles to Dubai. Thanks to donations by friends, family and members of our community, we were able to attend this festival to showcase our talent and achievement. We represented the entire state with our One Act Play, and a few of us competed with kids across the globe in individual monologues, musical pieces and presentations.
Middle-class Minnesotans will finally receive some needed tax relief, and this would not have happened without the strong support provided by your state representatives, Keith Franke and Tony Jurgens.
Cottage Grove will host an Arbor Day celebration at Arbor Meadows Park on April 30. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the park, 8505 Johanson...
The Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment is asking residents to do their part to clean up during Earth Day week April 17-23. The department encourages groups to...
The Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a lunch and learn program about the Red Rock Corridor from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, at Cottage Grove City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway. Lunch will be provided by Carbone’s Pizzeria. The program is open to all. Reservations are required by Thursday, April 14. For details and to reserve space, email email@example.com or call 651-458-2824.
Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies will hold Coffee with a Cop March 23 beginning at 5 p.m. at the North Pole Restaurant. The community is invited to the informal event...