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Attorney general did Minnesota a big favor
May I remind Dr. James LaRoy that a year ago Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson went to bat for the patients (including me) of Fairview Hospitals who had been bullied into making illegal upfront payments while waiting for emergency treatments, leading to the CEO’s downfall (“Heath care merger was played for politics,” April 17). I applaud her watchdog approach to Fairview. The current health care climate may require a merger at some point, but this recent event felt like bullying by Sanford Health.
DEB WALDIN, Edina
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Are park fees really unfair to developers?
Last Sunday’s article on builders was almost comical (“Builders call park fees wildly unfair,” April 14). For years, cities have handed tax breaks to businesses and developers as an incentive to build in their cities. These breaks often exceeded the return for the city. To recoup these lost revenues, cities have mostly raised taxes on property owners, but they’ve also raised other fees. As a Minneapolis property owner, my tax burden seems to go up every time a sports franchise sneezes. How about we all just pay our fair share?
KEN HAYES, Minneapolis
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Alcohol, tobacco are bad; pulltabs are fine?
Minnesota lawmakers tell us they want to substantially increase taxes on tobacco and alcohol, arguing that this would cover the actual cost to the state of these so-called vices. Yet, they also convene a panel to figure out how to get their constituents to gamble more so they can help subsidize a billionaire’s dream stadium. I wonder who will cover the actual cost of that state-subsidized vice? Is there no morality, common sense or accountability left anywhere in our government?
MARK RAZIDLO, Edina
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Let’s keep talking about reform with fairness
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