To the editor: 

Having observed Red Wing for almost four decades, recent events have been troubling, to say the least. I speak specifically of the recent shootings.

I saw the RWPD posts on Facebook and read many of the comments. There seems to be divisive opinions recklessly posted virtue signalling, so to speak. They pit one politically defined group against the other. Some blame low-income people, and others blaming an inanimate object, the gun. Neither is correct of course, as neither owning a firearm nor lack of income produces evil.

An individual is accountable to their own set of beliefs, the laws, and their neighbors. The arguments that an individual can not make good judgment and right action because they are a victim of some experience in their life, doesn't hold water. We are all free to have our own opinions, but not our own facts.

What are the facts that would reduce the amount of crime in town? What brings these problems? The RWPD keeps a call log and a review of such would tell a story. Are most assaults with a deadly weapon and repeat problems occurring in one area?

Are these people drawn to subsidies and benefits paid by taxpayers? Of course they are. The city of Red Wing likes subsidized housing.They even want more, working with a developer to convert the old St John's Hospital into affordable housing. Who could be against affordable housing? Supporters act like forcing one neighbor, pay for another neighbor, is a virtuous act.

Did freedom reach its expiration date? Subsidies act like a magnet that will draw both good and more evil as well. They don't discriminate.

I have seen this progression and predictable outcomes before. Keep doing what you are doing, and you will get more of the same results.

Scott Thomson

Maiden Rock