The city of Willmar faces a decision on its future in choosing the direction of a new wastewater treatment plant project. Everyone was shocked this week by the latest estimate of $80 million for construction of a new wastewater treatment plant. City staff, council members, business owners and citizens were all surprised by the latest estimate. This is understandable when the estimate essentially doubled from the previous $40 million estimate from the year 2000. A common reaction, in addition to the sticker shock, is to question how or why the treatment plant price doubled.
Why is the West Central Tribune "picking on" the county? Why does the Tribune care how the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners decided to name a new county administrator? That's a rough approximation of some of the public discussion over the past two weeks since the Tribune first criticized the Kandiyohi County Board's conduct in this matter in an editorial published Jan. 24. We care because we believe the law was broken. We care because defense of the public's right to know is important.
I am writing in response to the article, "Taking a diverse approach" in the West Central Tribune, dated Jan. 31. I am responding to the multicultural market project. I think this is a great idea and gives more opportunities for residents of Willmar to experience different foods from different cultures. My husband is from Pakistan and is a local physician in Willmar. We eat a lot of Indian foods; however, we usually travel to Minneapolis to purchase items we need to make these foods. It would be very convenient for us, among others interested in Indian foods, to purchase these items locally.
After 9/11, Condoleeza Rice, then President George W. Bush's national security advisor, said on television, "Who would have ever thought that anyone would take an airplane and fly it into a building?" After Hurricane Katrina and the dreadful flooding of New Orleans, President George Bush himself said, "No one ever thought the levees would break!" Now, the whole administration, including Bush, is saying in regard to the Palestinian election in Israel, "Nobody ever thought the Hamas party would win!" Come to think of it, Bush's father, former President George H.W.
The Olivia Catholic church has a combination of chimes and bells that have turned into an annoying noise machine because of the high volume. These chimes are set to clang every 15 minutes between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Also, a set goes off at 5:30 p.m. for 15-plus minutes. Before the 8 a.m. Mass, it blasts for five minutes, disturbing the peace and quiet of people who are relaxing or resting. The priest and two committee members said this needs to happen because of tradition. Through telephone conversations, I was told my ears were too sensitive and I should adjust to this volume.
Cynics, who don't believe President Bush when he says his own name, will find his sixth State of the Union address full of lies and distortions. I liked most of it, especially the first 20 minutes that he spent on terrorism and domestic security.
This letter is in response to various news articles and letters to the editor that have appeared in this publication concerning funding sources for the proposed Paynesville Highway 23 bypass. As mayor of Milan, I have legitimate concerns for the proposed funding source of this proposed Minnesota Department of Transportation project, which requires funding solely by Area Transportation Partnership 8 and none by Area Transportation Project 3, which is inordinately favored and rewarded by this project.
In reference to David Schlosser's "Christianity" (Public Forum, Jan. 24), instead of bantering about what he thinks it should be, let's see what Jesus Christ himself says about the issue.
WASHINGTON -- This week, the Republican Party hopes to escape its immediate past. House Republicans will elect new leaders. They hope the party's corruption scandal will be forgotten and that the names Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff will become as unmentionable in their world as Lord Voldemort's is in Harry Potter's. President Bush hoped for a new start with his State of the Union address Tuesday night.
My humble apology to David Schlosser for identifying him as a metropolitan reader (Public Forum, Jan. 24). I mistakenly was thinking Richfield instead of Northfield. My apologies, Mr. Schlosser.