11/29/12 NYA Letters to the Editor

Hamburg blood drive collects 102 units

To the editor:

Thank you to all the blood donors who took time out of their busy day to give the ‘gift of life’ at the Hamburg Red Cross bloodmobile drive. We collected 102 units. A big thank you to all those that helped the day run smoothly: callers, canteen helpers, greeters, and coolie makers.

Thanks to LaVern Graupman for preparing lunch for the workers, Kari Gramith for procuring canteen supplies, Hamburg Fire Department for clean up help and McDonalds and Bongrards Creameries for their donation.

Thank you also to the Hamburg Lions for their set-up help and financial support and Emanuel Lutheran School for the use of the Activitiy Center. We had one first time donor, Kari Crown.

Keep up the good work!

Janice Mackenthun and
Anna May Oelfke


To the editor:

Yes, I will apologize to commissioners Mr. Tim Lynch and Mr. Ische. I was a bit short with the information regarding the sale of the skid loader. However, I still believe the letter that I wrote in the Oct. 18th edition of the newspaper was not misleading. I find it odd that a taxpayer who shows other voters in his county how fiscal responsibility is lacking should apologize!

County government has put itself where it doesn’t belong using our tax dollars.
The ballroom business and senior living are two good examples. Both of these businesses belong in the private sector. This would give us two more businesses, more private sector jobs and a broader tax base. This type of a mindset also will shrink Carver Country government. I feel that homeowners and property owners and small business owners can relate to this.

It is amazing to note all the foreclosures listed in the paper for years now. This tells me that those of us remaining will have to pick up on the taxes required to run county government. It is very important that “We the People” watch what our local Carver County government departments are doing. Some of this accountability must rest its head on the shoulders of our commissioners.

Another area that our local government can apologize is in its lack of respect for wetlands.
I and others have noted how housing is allowed to sit on top of wetlands. The importance of wetlands is in water filtering, wild life and recreational uses. Good drinking water is important to most county residents.

Another good example of this lack of respect for wetlands is the placement of the radio tower in Hollywood township. The tower was placed almost in the center of a wetland area. This is a county project that both Mr. Lynch and Mr. Ische were involved with. For most of Carver County residents the radio tower business is a mystery. Can you, Mr. Lynch and Mr. Ische, apologize for not keeping us informed about ownership of the radio tower, the deals that were made with John Linder, and the lease payment that county government makes each year?

Win or lose, we the taxpayers have the right to know.

Mark Wickenhauser
Waconia Township