Letters to the Editor for Dec. 20, 2013

Turning lanes issue in snow

To the Editor:

In the event of the recent snowfall here in Blaine, I have noticed an issue that has been bothersome for the past few winters.

Driving is increasingly difficult in the winter and turning is one of the hardest parts concerning the ice and fresh snow that easily leads to collisions between cars.

Despite this, the turning lanes are always covered in ice and snow, even after the rest of the roads have been cleared.

I propose that the turning lanes on roads are plowed and salted more carefully. It is easier to control a vehicle going straight rather than one that has to rotate.

Turn lanes also are designed for cars that are stopping, which makes it more necessary for the wheels to have traction to come to a halt.

The road lanes are where cars can continue to move, finding and forming spots where there is grip with more ease. I believe this will help with the amount of car crashes that happen during the winter months.

Thank you for your consideration,

Becca Engstrom
Blaine

Sponsors’ support

To the Editor:

Without the following sponsors’ support, our Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant would not go forward.

A great big thank you to Saurie Formal Wear, Goulds Diamonds and Jewelry of Anoka, Coon Rapids Fire Department Local 1935, Pro-Big Sports Screening, Inc., Coon Rapids American Legion Post 334, Dress Barn of Coon Rapids, Dino’s the Greek Place, Famous Dave’s of Coon Rapids,

Angie Koos Photographers, Warner Stellian of Coon Rapids, TGI Fridays of Coon Rapids, Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club, John Roberts Company of Coon Rapids, Mississippi Dunes Golf Course of Cottage Grove and the Beaurline Family Communications Scholarship for the Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Organization.

Again thank you.

Phyl Erickson,
Miss Coon Rapids Pageant Organization

In praise of MNSure

To the Editor:

In his recent letter to the editor, Mr. Wyvell questioned my facts regarding MNSure, so I want to set the record straight.

As of the end of November, 50,000 Minnesotans completed MNSure applications serving some 70,000 household members. The system is not perfect, but it is working relatively well.

MNSure will provide better health care coverage for less cost than either the federal plan or the health insurance plans of other states.

As for his questioning the “unsession”, I want it known that legislators are taking the governor seriously and are preparing bills which will do away with unnecessary rules and outdated legislation.

I have several bills currently being drafted that could save the state, cities and school districts more than $500 million over the next 10 years; however, like all legislation, they must make it through the committee process.

So, I hope the residents of District 37A will follow Mr. Wyvell’s advice and will contact me about the governor’s “unsession.”

Rep. Jerry Newton
Coon Rapids

Freedom of speech

To the Editor

In the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, it talks about what rights we have as citizens.

One of our rights is freedom of speech and I believe that is a very useful right to have as a democracy.

This right, however, has been taking a turn and has been considered to be revoked by the government and other persons in leadership most commonly including school boards and educators.

On Oct. 29, there was talk within different educators discussing whether or not action should be taken when students have outbursts on social media cites.

Students and other people who have random outbursts on social media have a right to make those outbursts.

While some people may not want to see them or know them, they have a right to express how they feel in written or spoken words.

Schools and the government should not take this right away from the citizens of the United States of America.

Freedom of speech is defined as the right of people to express their opinions publicly without governmental interference, subject to the laws against libel, incitement to violence or rebellion, etc.

If this right is taken away it would cause people to question the whole country in fear of what else they may take away.

It is important to voice your opinion or protest against or for things you may support and have strong feelings about. This is our right. It should not be taken, or limited.

We are citizens of a free country and if we don’t have the freedom to say what we feel, how can we feel free to do other things?

Jillian Scherb
Blaine

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