Students don’t just need better food
We applaud Minneapolis public schools’ new lunch menus for some schools (“School lunch? Mmm, good,” April 16). But why bother with better food unless you give students the proper amount of time in which to eat?
ANTONIA RITTER and DEBORAH LEVISON, Minneapolis
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Legislators didn’t do their homework
Thanks to Jon Tevlin for an excellent column on lawmakers’ hopes of using electronic pulltabs to help pay for a new Vikings stadium (“Lessons on buying meat and paying for stadiums,” April 17).
I frequent Elsie’s Restaurant, Bar and Bowling Center in northeast Minneapolis but am not a bar patron. I didn’t even know that Elsie’s was one of the few places where e-pulltab play was available.
If we really want to raise some of the money needed for a stadium this way, more machines are needed, and they should be operable without a bartender’s assistance.
DOUG BURNIKEL, Brooklyn Park
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The article “Lawmakers explore ways to boost sales of e-pulltabs” (April 17) was spot on. Pulltabs are an “Up North” cultural phenomenon, and cultural phenomena are difficult to computerize.
I have played pulltabs in Gull Lake bars for 47 years. You buy some pulltabs and play slowly, as you chat bar talk. For us old folks, pulltabs are a tactile, social exercise.
It’s very important that the “pulling” does not inhibit the drinking or the conversation. That aspect appeared lost on the Legislature, which pushed computerized pulltab cards in order to speed up the play and use the anticipated increased revenue for the new Vikings stadium.
RYAN AMACHER, Lake Shore, Minn.
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