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Continued: Readers Write (April 12): Federal budget, Iraq war, bicycling, colonoscopy billboard

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Andrew Larkin, St. Cloud

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The law spells out a thing or two

A recent letter writer put forth a misconception rampant in the biking community when he wrote that “bicyclists have every right to use busy streets.”

Actually, they don’t. To wit: Minnesota Statute 169.222 states that “every person operating a bicycle shall have all of the rights and duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle by this chapter … except in respect to those provisions in this chapter relating expressly to bicycles.” Here’s the part (other than stoplights/signs) the biking community likes to conveniently ignore: bikes “shall not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic.”

It’s hard to imagine a scenario on busy, narrow Lake Street or countless other roads that bikes lay claim to, where this wouldn’t be an issue. Lack of enforcement does not negate the statute. From my perspective, bikes want all of the “rights” but none of the rules.

John G. Morgan, Burnsville

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If I have to choose, here’s how it breaks

We’ve heard from the Minnesota Business Partnership (“Minnesota shouldn’t ease up on basic skills test,” March 31) and the state’s education commissioner (“It’s time for a new testing regimen,” April 5).

The Business Partnership says lots of testing is the cure for all the low achievers. The commissioner says that lots of testing is making kids cry and feel bad about themselves. Who is right?

I would rather the low achievers felt good about themselves.

Steve Watson, Minneapolis

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