Thank you for your article highlighting the violent culture our youths face (“How I got my gun: Young offenders speak,” March 17). Some feel guns are needed for safety; others see violence as the way to solve problems with others. The public needs to know how accessible and even acceptable guns are for young teens. As as result, too many young children are being killed or spending years in prison. This must stop. We need to continue to talk about this issue and make it a priority.
NICOLE BOYLES, Savage, Minn.
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Mayor’s ideas for broad approach make sense
The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport benefits all Minnesotans, but for an increasing number of airport neighbors, the cost is torture. Not only are property values declining, but the noise is agonizing. We need to heed Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak’s plan to regionalize air traffic planning, thereby spreading the economic benefits to more cities (“Just wait. You’ll hear,” March 17).
We need to invest in high-speed rail to facilitate movement between Minnesota cities. We need to do more for airport neighbors, such as buying out neighborhoods as we did in Richfield or demanding quieter planes. And we need to recognize that when someone at zero decibels argues that airport expansion at MSP benefits us all, they are really asking that airport neighbors suffer more with no benefit. We pay the price for all each day, each flight.
DIANE JENSEN, Minneapolis
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Minnetonka fears may not reflect reality
So a 62-year-old woman opposes a senior housing development because “she fears the facility would bring traffic and parking congestion from ambulances and visitors to the quaint neighborhood” (“Cities fight senior-living towers,” March 24)? My wife and I live in a cooperative housing complex for seniors. We don’t shovel snow or mow lawns; we do a bit of flower gardening if we want, and we live independently. Residents are assigned parking, and there’s an off-street lot for visitors and guests to use. Ambulances may come occasionally, but always quietly, without sirens shrieking.
FREDERICK H. GONNERMAN, Northfield, Minn.
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FORMER POLICE CHIEF
A slice of life that’s inspiring to read
Thanks to Star Tribune reporter Randy Furst for bringing us up-to-date on Tony Bouza (“Ex-Minneapolis police chief often testifies against cops,” March 27). He’s a remarkable character. He shows us problems in society and works to correct them. He’s a good example for the rest of us.
CONNIE METCALF, Fridley
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