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As an avid user of the great trail system that we are lucky to have here in the Chaska, Chanhassen and Victoria area, I need to point out that some people are littering after picking up the discharge from their four-legged friends.

With the lion’s share of coverage of the coronavirus being focused on physical infrastructure (where to get tested, how to quarantine, what is/isn’t open, etc.), my community and parental (two kids under 5) instincts pivot to concern of our social infrastructure — things like mental health a…

Last week almost every parent in Minnesota, and across the United States, was thrust into a new and unfamiliar role … that of a homeschool teacher. And while this is overwhelming and seemingly impossible at times, we’re all going to get through this with a little patience, grit, and grace. B…

Retired women, I have a challenge for you. Knowing that you have been paid 80 cents to the dollar compared to what men have been paid over your lifetime, figure out how much less you are receiving in Social Security and other retirement benefits.

I am a passionate supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). I think we should add it to our U.S. Constitution and to our Minnesota State Constitution. I think that women and men should be treated equally under our laws and I think that protection should be guaranteed by a constitutional…

A few days ago, the School Board convened and voted on a series of cuts to school programming, services, teachers and support for our children. These cuts were not brought about by a school system’s failures to manage their budget, but by an election fraught with distortions, distractions an…

Our schools are getting more crowded. This issue is only going to increase with the continued population growth in our region, including the recently approved Timber Creek subdivision of 344 homes in Carver, on top of several hundred homes approved last year for both Chaska and Carver.

Unfortunately, the proposed closure of East Union Elementary (EUE) for the 2021-22 school year will have a negative effect on all students and families in the Eastern Carver County School District (ISD 112). Therefore, I oppose the proposed closure of the school for the 2021-22 school year.

Last November, voters did not pass Question 1 of District 112's referendum asking for an annual $5.6 million, and included operational costs for the proposed new school in Question 2, which also did not pass. As a result, District 112 is proposing a budget that will reduce spending up to $29…

Since relocating with my family to Minnesota in 2005, I have watched taxpayers in the Eastern Carver County School District open a brand new school in Victoria; build a brand new high school in Chanhassen; build a brand new elementary school in Carver (which we were told was built for future…

A recent letter to the editor raised a concern about a training led by the League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) held at our District Education Center this past summer. ("Question meaning of 'equity,'" Jan. 23.) We welcome the opportunity to provide more clarification about the Community Leaders …

Last week’s paper featured a letter to the editor by Victoria Mayor Tom Funk ("Question meaning of 'equity'"). Funk's letter attacked the school district's equity work and follows the same sad partisan misinformation route that was taken by the "Vote No" groups during the referendum campaign…

After reading Tom Funk's editorial this week in the newspaper ("Question meaning of 'equity'") I suspect that he and I have several things in common. Like me, I suspect that he is white. Guessing he's male. Also guessing he is in or approaching middle age. While I didn't spend better than a …

As mayor of Victoria, I questioned the meaning of the word "equity" we see permeating government after attending GARE (Government Alliance on Race and Equity) training put on by the League of Minnesota Cities (summer 2019). I, along with other community leaders and staff, attended this train…

Dontá Hughes complains of a “mess” created by the ‘vote no’ crowd who spoke against the Eastern Carver County School Board referendum in November, and that we’re gloating over the defeat of the referendum and have now gone our separate ways. (“Have allowed house to become a mess,” Dec. 26.)

We continue to hear from politicians on the national stage that we need medicare for all, or some other big government program to fix our healthcare system. More government intervention into our healthcare system is absolutely the wrong approach for our state and for our country.

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