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TO THE EDITOR: In the Jan. 12 Herald, Harlan Menk submitted a true-false quiz claiming Obamacare will not increase the deficit and recent insurance premium increases are not because of Obamacare. So it was instructive to get a mailing from U.S. Rep. Ron Kind titled "Health Care Reform in 2011--How the law will affect you this year," listing the new rights of folks who have health insurance. Insurers cannot drop coverage if you get sick. Lifetime limits on coverage are prohibited. You may be able to keep your children on your plan until age 26.
As many of you know, my brother Carl Schneider became ill in February and has been diagnosed with Alexander disease. It is a degeneration of the brain stem that has left him immobile, but he is still fully alert and receptive. He was recently moved from Ellsworth to Red Wing Health Center at 1412 W. Fourth St./Red Wing, MN 55066. Carl would love a visit from recent and past friends to help pass the days. Please pass the word. More information on Carl can be found at www.caringbridge.org (type in carlschneider).
EDITOR'S NOTE: The identity of the writer of the following letter to the editor was inadvertently omitted in last week's Herald. The letter was from Charlene (Langer) Larson, Town of Diamond Bluff, Hager City. The Herald regrets and apologizes for the omission. TO THE EDITOR: The people of River Falls and surrounding townships voted overwhelmingly for Joe Boles because they know him. They know he is a good person. They know he treats all people with respect.
TO THE EDITOR: Bush, who said "Read my lips, no new taxes," embraced the environment including ideas from project 88. He was trailing Gov. Dukakis in the presidential race. Dukakis allowed garbage dumping off the New Jersey coast and Boston Harbor was polluted. Project 88 was a step into fantasy. It addressed six environmental goals. 1) Global air pollution including greenhouse gasses and ozone depletion.
TO THE EDITOR: Small, but big. There is something about being from a small town; where they know you by name or say you're a (last name), aren't you? We know we are appreciated for all we do as volunteers in E.M.S. , our time, energy and skills. Also, the caring and giving of ourselves. But, we want to send heartfelt appreciation back to our community and surrounding areas for all their support and donations that made our Annual Fundraiser, Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction truly a great success. We commend you again, small town and rural community, for being you.
TO THE EDITOR: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is now law of the land. I hope the good people of both parties don't get too carried away with what it actually does. Democrats, this is not health care reform. It's not single payer nor does it have the public option. I wish it was single payer, but it's not. Republicans, I can say the exact same thing to you. What this is is health insurance reform. It's not a government takeover.
TO THE EDITOR: When I learned about my daughter's school overcrowding, I began with research: state enrollment records, building capacities, birth statistics, spreadsheets, projections. What I found alarmed me: not only is the elementary school frighteningly overcrowded--classes in closets/hallways, lunch at 10:20 a.m., kids climbing over chairs to exit--but the middle school will join them in six years. In nine years, the high school will scramble to find lunch, gym and music space.
TO THE EDITOR: I appreciate you presenting the three candidates for the position of Pierce County Judge in your Feb. 3 edition. Hopefully, the next judge will not last 25 years like Judge Robert Wing. A reputation such as Judge Robert Wing has been very hard on a lot of the citizens of Pierce County and other counties where he looked out for his associates and ruled in favor of their corruption many times. On Feb. 18, the Pierce County Circuit Court under the direction of Judge Ramona Gonzalez of La Crosse County will decide the fate of Tally A.
TO THE EDITOR: Fiscal discipline doesn't seem to be the motto for the Pierce County Board. At a time when social security recipients did not get any raise this year and will not again next year, the county board raises our property taxes over seven percent and gives 52 non-union county department heads, managers and supervisors a 2.5 percent increase. Their weak excuse for the pay increases, as reported in the paper and quoting board member Jerry Kosin, "it's only fair to give managers raises comparable to those negotiated with the union." To make things worse, Chairman Paul Barkla had to ta
Jim Phernetton, age 81, of Beldenville, Wis., died on Tuesday, May 7, at the Lutheran Home in River Falls, Wis. Jim was born the son of Russell and Clara (Zarbuck) Phernetton on Oct. 1, 1931, in Spring Valley, Wis. He grew up in Pierce County, Wis., spending most of his life near Beldenville. He graduated from Spring Valley High School. Jim served in the Air Force. He was stationed in Alaska and California. When he returned from service, Jim went to work for Bob's Litho Printing in the Twin Cities, retiring in the early 1990s. Jim loved flowers and could make anything grow.