From: Margaret Walsh
In the 1970s, I remember a vibrant downtown. I remember Wayne Valentine as the Voice of Winona. I had great fun in the 1970s in Winona County. I was young then. Looking back however, hmmmÖ probably, not everything I did was beneficial. You see over the years Iíve learned a few things.
People in Winona County have learned a few too. We have learned about better land use practices, respecting other cultures and the effects of changing weather patterns in the Midwest. One need only look at Highway 61 near La Crescent, Highway 14 at the Arches and the devastation caused by the hard rain of 2007 to know erosion is a real problem in Winona County. We donít need a Land Use Ordinance from the 1970s. We donít need to ignore what we have learned. We donít need to go backwards.
We need to be good neighbors. We need to give each other a little room. We need to protect the earth that gives us good water and good food. We need to remember we all call Winona County home. Maybe Winona can have a vibrant downtown again but we canít put destroyed bluffs back.
Commissioner Valentine, neither you nor I can go back to the 1970s. Neither you nor I can be young again, but Commissioner Valentine you can be the Voice of Winona County. It is my hope Sir, that you will Vote No for the changes being proposed to the Land Use Ordinance. Take us to a protected future by Voting NO. Bless the next generation with the same place to grow old that we have both enjoyed. I donít care what anyone says, I am counting on you, County Commissioner Valentine, to protect our home.