Readers Write: (April 9): Immigration, Northstar rail, wild rice and sulfates, blue herons, running

  • Updated: April 8, 2014 - 6:01 PM

Empathy for border crossers is one thing, policy is another.


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Humanity meets limits at a country’s borders

The April 5 Letter of the Day (“The inhumanity of America’s border wall, on display”) is a telling example of misplaced sympathies and incorrect analogies. It is understandable to be moved by the plight of millions of people trying to leave their country. However, the letter writer likens the security wall the United States has built along its border with Mexico to the Berlin Wall. But East Germany’s wall was designed to keep its citizens from leaving its Communist state, whereas ours was designed to help eliminate illegal passage into our country. The letter writer makes no distinction between legal and illegal immigrants and states that our country “goes to extraordinary lengths” to keep those “other immigrants” from sharing “our freedoms.” Does he really believe the rest of the world allows just anyone in?

If it does not matter how people get into this country, would the letter writer and others of his ilk stand behind this belief by leaving their homes unlocked to allow strangers to enter, unannounced, and enjoy their freedoms and comforts?

George K. Atkins, Minneapolis

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It is sad to hear Jeb Bush considering the illegal crossing of our border to be a felony of love. If it is, an immigrant’s robbing a store at gunpoint or stealing food to feed his family also can be considered a felony of love.

William Lundquist, Bloomington



Money is directed at a slice of commuters

Recent articles in the Star Tribune cited the number of riders for the Northstar commuter-rail line as totaling 878,000 for the year. While that may sound impressive, compared with daily vehicle totals reported by the Minnesota Department of Transportation for nearby Interstate 94 and Hwy. 10, it is minuscule.

Daily vehicle average for I-94 east of Hwy. 101 at Rogers is about 96,000 per day (roughly 35 million per year). Daily vehicle average for Hwy. 10 east of Hwy. 101 at Elk River is about 33,000 per day (12 million per year).

The current subsidy per rider on the Northstar rail is about $19.50 one way, or $39 round trip. Are state spending priorities addressing our needs, or someone else’s wants?

Richard Naaktgeboren, Maple Lake



Well, look who has the leverage on sulfates

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