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To the editor, Many folks are concerned by news of the IRS targeting Tea Party organizations. This is a problem with an obvious solution--end the IRS! This isn't as big a task as it seems--there is a bill in Congress right now that will do exactly this. The FairTax Act of 2013 (HR 25 / S 122) will phase out the IRS and the income tax code and replace it with a national sales tax. I like the FairTax because it is easy to understand, transparent, and it treats all citizens equally.
Tax revenues being collected by the state of late suggest restraint rather than over-the-top spending in these waning days of the 2013 session. Collections from corporate and individual taxes are far exceeding forecasters' projections for three straight months now, for February, March and April, according to a Minnesota Management and Budget report released last week.
Taylor Pagel knows his Raiders can be dangerous. On Monday, May 20, Hastings took down No. 9-ranked Forest Lake in a 2-1 road game. Though the team went on to split the double-header, Pagel, the Raiders' head coach, said the win was critical with section play looming. "It's big going into sections," he said. Hastings' Suburban East Conference record stood at 7-11 heading into the final regular season game Tuesday against Farmington.
After winning the first three games of the season over Stewartville, Pine Island and the Minneapolis Patriots, the Hastings Hawks lost their first League game of the season last Sunday, losing to Northfield 6-1 at Veteran's Park. Hastings' own Josie Velez started on the hill for the Hawks and went 8-1/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out five. Andrew Flack relieved Velez in the ninth, allowing two runs on one hit and striking out one. The Hawks gave up a run to the Knights in the first inning on a single, a walk and a single.
The season came to an end for the Hastings boys tennis team with in the second round of the Section 1AA playoffs. Coming off a 4-3 win over Winona in the opening round, Hastings had its tables turned, falling 4-3 to Lakeville South in round two, held Thursday, May 16, at Lakeville South High School. Though fifth-seeded Hastings won all three doubles matches, No. 1-seeded Lakeville South swept singles play to avoid the upset and earn the home-court victory. "We gave them our best shot, but we just came up a little short," Hastings head coach Mick Willette said.
The Hastings boys golf team took top honors in its host invitational last week. The Raiders golfers tallied a 304 with a team-high 18 birdies to take first place in the 10-team Suburban East Conference match on Thursday, May 16, at Hastings Country Club. Sam Otto led with way, shooting a 73 with six birdies and six pars. "Sam has really been putting well lately and today only needed 29 putts," Raiders coach Pete McGinnis said after the match. Jacob Cooper finished with a 75 after shooting 39 on the front nine. He had four birdies and nine pars.
Only in its second year as a varsity high school program, the Hastings girls lacrosse team is learning on the fly. Last week, the Raiders took their lumps on the field, but showed progress and determination, according to Hastings head coach Nicole Peterson. "In all the games, my assistant coach (Tracy Paskey) and I have been extremely impressed and very happy with our girls," Peterson said. "Even if they are down by one point or 10, they never give up.
Seven different players scored goals and goalie Zach Chilson made 16 saves as the Hastings boys lacrosse team beat Suburban East Conference foe Roseville 8-5 and earned one of the best wins in the program's short history last week. Hastings (4-6; 2-6 SEC) scored four goals in the first period against Roseville on Wednesday, May 15, to take command of the game early. Hastings added a goal in the second period, held a 5-2 halftime lead and hung on for the three-goal win over the other Raiders (4-8; 2-6 SEC). Sophomore midfielder R.J.
The Hastings boys and girls track teams tuned up for the Suburban East Conference and Section 3AA championship meets at Park's "Last Chance" quadrangular on Friday, May 17, in Cottage Grove. Overall, the Hastings boys took second place with 66.66 points and the Hastings girls took fourth place with 38.83 points in the four-team meet. The Woodbury boys and girls won the meet with 112.833 points and 104.5 points, respectively. In the boys meet, Hastings dominated the pole vault, taking first through fourth. Wes Evansen won the event, clearing 13 feet, 6 inches.
The Raiders softball team opened section play this week with high hopes. After finishing third in the Suburban East Conference behind a 12-6 record, Hastings opened Section 1AAA play on Wednesday in a game played after the Star Gazette went to press. Hastings coach Dean Robinson had high hopes going into the game, where the Raiders drew a No.