Opinion

Writer comments on Oregon woman’s choice To the editor: How sad to hear of the 29-year-old young lady who set the date to end her life this past weekend in Oregon. Suffering from a cancerous brain tumor, she moved to Oregon where she could legally buy the drugs to end her life. She chose the […]

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In the Oct. 30 Waconia Patriot, a portion of the rebuttal letter to the editor from Commissioner Tim Lynch needs to be clarified. An Oct. 23 letter writer claimed that “Tim Lynch helped raise the property tax levy another 4.2 percent.” That information is correct in regards to the county’s levy for 2014. Lynch’s response […]

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By John Braland Everyone suffers tragedy. Tragedy comes in every shape and size imaginable. Job loss, chronic illness, divorce, trauma, the death of a family member, spouse, or when we hear the words “You have cancer,” everything changes. It’s one thing to hear about someone else’s tragedy, it’s another when it’s your own. The strange […]

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Minnesotans traditionally vote in large numbers during midterm elections. Will the Tuesday, Nov. 4 elections once again place Minnesota among national leaders in turnout? If past history is repeated, the state will again be a leader, much as it was four years ago when the state led the nation in voter turnout with nearly 56 […]

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Commissioner responds to claims made in letters To the editor: I am writing to you regarding letters in the Oct. 23 issue. I am writing to set the record straight. • Mr. Wickenhauser claims that “the county added 75 new jobs … from April 2013 to June 2014.” • Mr. Holtmeier claims that county employment […]

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Vote yes on referendum for continued excellence To the editor: As a resident of Waconia, a parent of two girls, and teacher at WHS, I urge the residents of ISD 110 to vote YES on Nov. 4. As a resident, the referendum has thoughtfully planned out a payment schedule that will not increase taxes. The […]

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