Cost of roundabout landscaping outrageous

Nancy Schramel, Sartell

Three cheers for Mike Chisum, Sartell city council member, who seems to be the only one in Sartell governing that is looking out for the taxpaying citizens of the city.

$80,000 for just the landscaping of two roundabouts is outrageous as you drive around the city on all the roads that need repair, and which have for a long time. What is wrong with grass and a few small trees, as some people have suggested.

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Thanks for Fort Snelling support

Jessica Kohen, St. Paul

Public Relations Manager

Minnesota Historical Society

Dennis Dalman, thank you for the wonderful editorial you wrote in the April 6 Sartell-St. Stephen and St. Joseph Newsleaders (“Pass bonding bill to fix Fort Snelling”).

I think it’s more critical now than ever for legislators to hear from their constituents about their desire to see a revitalized Historic Fort Snelling. Your paper is just the key to getting their ear. Thank you, again.

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Reader disagrees with political viewpoints of Newsleaders

Parker Robinson, Sartell

I’m not sure who will read this or if it will even get passed on, but I need to send this for my own satisfaction.

I’ve been a resident of Sartell for 15 years and love the community.  It’s a wonderful place to live and now that I’m a father, my child will be able to take advantage of the best school district in central Minnesota.  There is no town in this area my wife and I would consider raising our family in other than Sartell.

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Emmer should abandon sinking ship

Sue O’Hara, Sartell

Tom Emmer’s endorsement of Donald Trump last summer, his unwillingness to publicly hold Trump accountable and his support of the now failed AHCA proves Congressman Emmer is not a leader who serves his constituents. Minnesota needs a representative who listens to and serves the people of the Sixth District.

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Reader urges council remove city sign immediately

Wayne Birkholz, St. Joseph

In March of 2014, the City of St. Joseph was the defendant in a legal case challenging the city’s refusal to provide a permit for a dynamic sign on Old Hwy. 52 in St. Joseph. The city’s argument was that it was an expansion of use and the city’s sign ordinance expressly forbids dynamic signs in residential areas. Summary judgment was granted in favor of the city. The case number is 73-CV-14-2604.

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Reader disagrees, tells his health-care story

Tom Dullinger, St. Joseph

I know we will never agree about politics, but I do enjoy reading your opinion page in the Newsleader. The last one I read on March 17 (“Forget iPhone; get a piggy bank”) upset me more than most do.

Here is my story. I have worked very hard all my life to earn a living and now 40 years later have enough money to be considered rich by people such as you. I never got an allowance and have never given my six children an allowance. I still use a flip phone; I have a 2005 Dodge Stratus. When my children were growing up, they didn’t expect a present was coming when I came home. I don’t go to the doctor for anything trivial because I don’t want to spend money foolishly and I have a high deductible. I use everything in a home health-care kit and I’ve always had one in the bathroom cabinet.

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Shame that city, high school will have no library

Zurya Anjum, Sartell

I have been a proud Sartell resident for 10 years who chose to live here due to the excellent school system and educational opportunities available to kids.

I have volunteered for many years at the school and am always amazed at the job teachers do with our kids.

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Year-round April Fools’ Day

Serge Nesbitt, Sartell

This coming April Fools’ Day can remind us that the meat, egg and dairy industries have been playing us for fools year-round. Their more remarkable hoaxes include “California’s happy cows,” “free-range chickens” and “humane slaughter.” All cruel lies.

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