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Letters: Vote 'yes' on the bond; Be in moderation

Vote 'yes' on the bond

This spring I was on the citizens' committee studying the maintenance needs of our school district. We identified many issues and considered the costs of addressing them. In the end, "wants" and "wishes" fell away, and to keep your taxes flat, only what is necessary remained. Your vote to support the bond issue will be a vote to keep the kids of our district in a healthy, safe learning environment that prepares them for tomorrow's challenges. It will also be a vote to leverage the physical resources shared by our district and our communities, without raising taxes. Vote 'yes' on the school district bond issue this November.

Paul Dotson

Hastings

Why allow speeding?

If 40 mph in a 30-mph zone is illegal, and 40 in a 30 without mufflers (a double whammy) is also illegal, then why do police, who are on the city payroll funded with city taxes, allow these practices?

Larry Fox

Hastings

Editor's note: Hastings Police Chief Bryan Schafer responded to the above letter, the second on the topic in recent months, with the following statement:

Traffic enforcement is a high priority for the Hastings Police Department. In the past year, HPD has made nearly 4000 traffic stops in the city, almost 20 percent of their total workload. This does not take into consideration enforcement and saturations by assisting agencies such as the Minnesota State Patrol and Dakota County Sheriff's Office. We are responsive to residents' concerns by deploying our speed trailer to dozens of locations throughout the city, combined with extra patrol, proactively and when requested. This summer, we even designated a special traffic car to work citywide, in addition to testing and ultimately budgeting for another portable speed sign for our agency. With over 33,000 vehicles alone using the Vermillion Street corridor daily, speed and noise go hand-in-hand. Noise ordinances are complex, requiring special equipment and resources in order to properly enforce. State Statute is also vague when it comes to mufflers by simply saying, "Every motor vehicle shall at all times be equipped with a muffler in good working order which blends the exhaust noise into the overall vehicle noise and is in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise........." Unfortunately, the law does not specifically answer how loud a motorized vehicle can be, hence leaving it up to the discretion of the officer. While this is not a reason to ignore the issue, if so perceived, we always strive to do our very best.

Be in moderation

In response to President Trump's speech to the United Nations.

Proud to be:

An American

A German

A Russian

An Italian

A Frenchman

A Norwegian

A Swede

An African

A Chinese

An Englishman

An Irishman....and the list goes on and on.

There is nothing wrong with being proud of your heritage. Just don't let it define you. You can be much more than that.

Our daily battle deals with doubt, fear, and confusion. The author of all confusion is the destroyer.

Beware of all extremes. There are extreme zealots on the far right and on the far left. Both are toxic.

When your grand defining moment arrives, which are you going to do?

Wrap yourself in the flag or wrap yourself in the arms of the Lord?

Decide! America first and the gospel are not the same.

Always remember...In all things, be in moderation.

Jerry McCallson

Hastings

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