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Continued: Readers Write (Feb. 26): Federal budget, Harlem Shake suspensions, Downton Abbey

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Even at my advanced age of 69, I can still remember the exuberance of youth. I try to recapture it as often as I can.

Don French, Edina

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Rather than speculating about whether the Mound Westonka students who filmed themselves doing the “Harlem Shake” violated school policy, and whether that justified their suspension, I would like to ask another question, and I do so at the risk of sounding far more crotchety and older than my 44 years would suggest: What exactly is the obsession that people seem to crave today with having to get themselves on YouTube doing the latest dance craze?

Seriously, it seems that every yahoo in the country with a smartphone has to film themselves copying “Gangnam Style” or “Harlem Shake,” or other Internet sensations like “planking,” and upload it for anyone who cares to look at it.

I think that this is a smaller reflection of the larger picture that speaks to the obsession with reality television, the majority of which is awful, base programming featuring the lowest common denominator. Yet people seem in a mad rush to be on it.

I don’t get it, but then I am not on Facebook and I don’t tweet, so what do I know? I rather enjoy my anonymity, even if it means going the way of the Dodo.

Douglas Broad, St. Louis Park

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Winter recreation

Thanks to those who help make it enjoyable

Thank you to the trail groomers and the Minneapolis Park Board for creating cross-country ski trails that attract all ages and skiing levels to get outside and enjoy winter. I skied the Wirth Park system today and felt so grateful that I live in a city that values an amenity where youngsters, families and seniors like me can take advantage of a beautiful day in the city.

Linda Warfield, Minneapolis

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‘Downton Abbey’

Editorial cartoon gave away the plot

Come on, Star Tribune! Commentary and analysis of popular culture in your publication is great, but as media leaders please have the good sense and restraint not to give away endings to story lines! Luckily, my wife and I just caught up with “Downton Abbey” on Netflix, having carefully avoided other media discussion so we could enjoy the unfolding story at our own pace. The Feb. 23 editorial cartoon, in one line, revealed the key dramatic highlights of the season. In this era of DVR time-shifting, streaming and Netflix, not everyone is in sync with the story. Don’t be a spoiler!

Patrick Eastman, Minnetonka

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