Poll only shows we’re worried about ourselves
The headline for the story on the Minnesota Poll about Gov. Mark Dayton’s tax proposal read: “Most want tax hike only on wealthy” (March 3). It could have been put this way: “Most want someone else to pay.”
JOHN LAMPRECHT, Robbinsdale
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So 54 percent of Minnesotans favor a Dayton tax increase on the rich? How could you not expect this response? It’s easy to answer yes to this poll question when you’re not affected. Or to think: Those rich people don’t deserve to be making that much money. It’s unfair — give it back to me! Try lowering the classification of “rich” to $50,000 per individual, then see what kind of a response you get.
DAVID SPEIDEL, Eden Prairie
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Lawmakers face a test on doing the right thing
If the Star Tribune polled the same group on interracial marriage or the need for the civil-rights act as it did on same-sex marriage, what would the results be? (“A majority doesn’t want gay marriages,” March 6.) Quite similar. Prejudice and misinformation run deep on many levels. It’s up to our legislators to guide their constituents, so we can all have an equal and better future.
DANE ANDERSON, Golden Valley
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Lessons are needed on spending public money
The editorial on University of Minnesota athletics should have gone further (“A contract blunder for U athletics,” March 5). The U deliberately hid this extension. It wasn’t that long ago that former athletics director Joel Maturi extended the contract of Pam Borton, the women’s basketball coach, even after five players left the team. It’s time to punish the U by limiting cushy extras. Start by making the new athletics director and his staff travel by rail, car or bus and make all motel arrangements at Motel 6 — for the next six months.
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