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The City of Hastings is preparing for a changing of the guard. In the next week, demolition on "Big Blue" will begin, leaving Hastings with a drastic transformation in the landscape and a new bridge to grace the skyline. For 62 years, the gray-blue continuous truss bridge has watched over the city, safely welcoming both residents and guests into our community.
To the editor, I write this letter with reflections on the recently approved bike trail through the Spring Lake Park Reserve just west of Hastings. This part of the trail will link Rosemount with Hastings and complete the bicycle path from St. Paul to Hastings. As an avid bike rider, I looked forward to this section but question strongly if I will fully appreciate, or in fact, ever ride on it. First, the path approved by the county board is far more expensive than I ever dreamed.
To the editor, In regards to the letter telling me churches must be persuaded to approve of the homosexual lifestyle, what do you mean? Do you mean the so called religious institutions of late, or the true religious institution from the beginning, which we know cannot change? Would this also mean more preference to sexual predators who have been looked down on as well? Or, as someone said, the sin of homosexuality now is no longer a sin, since the legislators and governor voted to make that lifestyle legal when it was a sin up to now that could only be forgiven by God.
To the editor, I am amazed by how cruel some people can be sometimes. On Mother's Day, for instance, a basketball stand and hoop were stolen from a person who has very little. It most likely took two people to lift and carry a heavy stand that was a source of enjoyment for two little boys, ages 6 and 8. The stand was stolen from the outside of an apartment building on Highway 55 in Hastings, in the middle of the day, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.; the stand and hoop had been laid on its side so it would not have been a temptation to a passerby, but you managed to spot it and steal it.
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.