Opinion

Voting early, in-person was a huge relief

Sep 23, 2020
As I left the Wabasha County Old Courthouse Annex, I felt as if a huge weight had been lifted. I had voted on the first day of in person voting. All the worries about slow mail, long lines, lost ballots and COVID fear had disappeared. The people working behind the plastic screen had quickly...

The case for mail-in absentee ballots

Sep 23, 2020
In a democracy all those eligible to vote should be able to so safely. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a problem for everyone to vote in person. Minnesota – the state with the highest voter turnout - is allowing registered voters to apply for a no excuse absentee ballot by mail or...

Sign thefts show a lack of respect for democracy

Sep 23, 2020
Another Biden/Harris sign stolen from a front yard in Lake City. How sad that someone feels the need to trample another person’s right to their own opinion. The first amendment to our country’s constitution guarantees our individual right to free expression. This is what makes America truly great...

Redmond favors referendums on major city projects

Sep 23, 2020
I’m John Redmond, a life-long, current full-time resident and candidate for mayor of Lake City. Along with my sons Tom and Sean, we own and operate four businesses in Lake City. Wise ACE Hardware, US Gas, Ace Rental, and Redmond Environmental (manufacture of grinder pumps). The majority of my...

Preventing COVID-19 spread is up to everyone

Sep 23, 2020
COVID-19 has changed our community. Six months ago, when we began responding locally, no one could have predicted how much. We have endured Stay At Home orders side-by-(virtual) side, and are working under Stay Safe recommendations together. The disease has had economic, physical, and mental...

Graphic should be a place to debate more than just local issues

Sep 23, 2020
As a former resident of Lake City and as a subscriber to The Lake City Graphic, I’d like to challenge your policy about letters to the editor admonishing writers to “Keep it Local.” Don’t get me wrong. Local issues are important. But there are other non-local issues that are important, too. If, as...

District 21 needs a new Senator

Sep 23, 2020
Senate District 21, our District in the Minnesota Legislature, needs a new state senator. This man is family farmer and solar developer Ralph Kaehler. We need a new Senator who has a track record of producing results of interest to us in Wabasha and Goodhue Counties. Ralph Kaehler has this track...

A message to people who don’t understand mental illness

Sep 16, 2020
This is a message to the people who just don't get it when it comes to mental illness. First, please understand that mental health issues such as bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety are real. They are medical conditions, which have been documented, studied and proven to exist. You need to...

Remembering beloved son, teacher on his birthday

Sep 9, 2020
This week, Sept. 9, 2020, would have been my son Paul Holland’s 58th birthday. Paul was born on a Sunday, the annual Kellogg Watermelon Festival Parade happening. My husband, Victor Holland, parade chairman, was at my side at St Marys Hospital in Rochester. Lloyd Baker, filling in for Victor at...

Letter: Show up for local businesses

Sep 2, 2020
Minnesota, Lake City, please continue to shop local. I have seen way too many community members say with the Minnesota mask mandate, they will “just go to elsewhere to shop.” Please friends, don’t do this. This can immensely hurt our small local businesses, it may hurt so much we may not be here...

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