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Continued: Readers Write (March 30): Prom dresses, Denny Hecker, slain teen, stadium, guns and teen, NYPD, biking, gay marriage

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They’re a draw for young St. Paul workers

I was excited to read about St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s interest in expanding bike lanes (“Mayor: St. Paul growing stronger,” March 26). As a college student, I know how important transit options are for attracting people who are entering the workforce. I would rather get some exercise and save money on gas than pay to sit in congestion twice a day (and I know many other St. Paul residents my age feel the same way). Ensuring safe, convenient bike lanes will improve the quality of life for residents and encourage young Minnesotans like me to stay in the area.


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NYPD’s social media policy goes too far

I understand that the New York Police Department is worried about its reputation (“NYPD tells officers to keep social media clean,” March 28). It’s a well-known force where professionalism is taken seriously. Social media should be used appropriately by everyone, but the NYPD’s new policies are extreme. For instance, officers aren’t allowed to post pictures of themselves in uniform unless taken at promotion or awards ceremonies. This is wrong.

NIKKI STICHA, Cedar, Minn.

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More answers needed on e-gaming mess

A year too late, the Star Tribune discovers that the gambling projections used to promote a new stadium for the Vikings were faulty (“So far, state is losing its bet on e-gaming,” March 26). Where was the newspaper when we were being sold this bill of goods? Oh yeah, that’s right, as a prime advocate for the stadium. It would have hardly made sense to do investigative journalism at the time when it might have mattered.

TOM SALKOWSKI, Buffalo, Minn.

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Can anyone imagine a CEO entering into an agreement that obligated his company to millions of dollars of debt and relying upon an unproven scheme to recover costs? Of course not. That CEO would likely be terminated by his board of directors. Given the electronic pulltab games debacle, Minnesota residents deserve better leadership than what Gov. Mark Dayton has provided (“Dayton: We’ll fix e-pulltab shortfall,” March 27). He and his advisers acted negligently in depending on revenue sales forecasts by gambling businesses with a clear conflict of interest. The state’s attorney general needs to examine the matter thoroughly.

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