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home : opinion : editorial July 22, 2014


1/16/2013 9:44:00 AM
Cheers and jeers

As we ease through what is traditionally the coldest month of the year, it seems there is no shortage of important governmental issues - locally, nationally and across the state. We face critical decisions and frankly the less politics that's involved the better. Here is a look at some of the top recent news makers:
Cheers go out to the newest members of city, county and state government- Brian Cooley, Kevin Stevens and Bill Weber, respectively - who took office within the past few weeks.
In a story that appeared in last week's Citizen, all three appeared to have the right attitude for the job. They seemed upbeat and eager to work harmoniously with others as they tackle whatever challenges lie ahead.
It isn't easy being a public servant. It's often a thankless job with a nearly impossible task of trying to please everyone.
We can't predict that we will always agree with these newly-elected officials. However, as long as they act with the community's best interests in mind, they will do just fine.
Jeers go out to the folks who have already started the winter on a bad foot by ignoring snow or ice issues on sidewalks.
We're fortunate that these situations have been rare around Windom. Still, even one icy sidewalk is too many.
There is a city ordinance on the books regarding this problem. It requires that snow and ice be removed within 12 hours of a snow or ice event.
This rule is in place for the protection of emergency personnel, mail carriers and other pedestrians. Beyond that, it is simply a responsibility for residents to take care of their property.
One aside here, if you have an elderly or injured neighbor who is unable to clear a sidewalk, we ask that you help out whenever possible.
Cheers go to Randy Markl who was recently honored by Ducks Unlimited as the 2012 State Conservation Partner of the year.
Living in Southwest Minnesota, it's a safe bet that the majority of us hold the outdoors close to our hearts.
Randy Markl has carved out a remarkable 35-year career with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. And we have been impressed with his work since being hired as Area Wildlife Manager at the Windom office in 1988.
Jeers go out to Congress in its failure to pass a new five-year farm bill.
What we received during the recent "fiscal cliff" agreement was a one-year extension of a bill that has been in place since 2008. This decision is only a good thing if you belong to the rich and powerful corporate operations.
Many of those will continue to receive unnecessary subsidies and estate tax exemptions. Meanwhile, things like the SURE program for disaster assistance, as well as various livestock assistance programs, were not funded for 2012 and 2013, despite the fact we are coming off one of the worst droughts in decades.
Cheers go out to the 33 local businesses and organizations who recently made contributions toward the "Welcome to Windom" signs.
If you are looking for a reason to keep your business in town, look no further than the beautiful welcome signs. You can look at their contribution two ways. The donors either made these signs possible, or they saved Windom taxpayers another $33,000. How many out-of-town business would do that?
- Rahn Larson









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