To the Editor:
I have to admit that I sometimes encounter feelings of jealousy. This is especially true when it comes to vehicles.
As I drive my old car around I notice other people's new vehicles and many times think to myself, "Boy, it sure would be great to drive around in that."
This occurred last week when I pulled up behind a brand new blue Chevy Silverado pickup truck.
As I was admiring it, I noticed the truck had apparently been purchased from Polar Chevrolet in White Bear Lake. I thought it was nice that someone would take a trip all the way from White Bear Lake to visit our pretty town of Red Wing.
At that moment, the truck that I was admiring pulled away. As soon as I turned, I was able to see the side of the truck. To my amazement, the city of Red Wing owned the new truck.
The graphics on the truck identified it as Engineering Department truck No. 334. I noticed in the paper Thursday that there is a new "Shop Local" campaign starting in town.
I am sure that the city must have some kind of explanation as to why they feel they do not need to shop local with our tax dollars.
It is good to know that we are boosting the economy of White Bear Lake while ours seems to be floundering.
Furthermore, I am sure it sounds like sour grapes but isn't there something wrong with a city that owns newer and nicer vehicles than the average taxpaying citizen? How about if we stop spending money on vehicles and start hiring police officers?