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Continued: Readers Write (April 26): State budget, Petters case, air quality

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• Other than spending more money, how will your plans actually create jobs?

Whether we agree or not, everything our governmental bodies do, they do because someone thought it was a good idea at one time. We need to make sure that any cuts are also a good idea.

Remember, making a smaller government means someone will lose their job. It might be the right thing to do, but regardless, job loss is the reality.

Raymond Voss, Edina

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PETTERS CASE

The breaks aren’t going to the real victims

In December 2009, Tom Petters was found guilty of operating a multi-billion-dollar Ponzi scheme. A court-appointed receiver for the Petters bankruptcy was assigned the task of recouping “clawback” money from people and entities benefiting from Petters’ largesse and philanthropy when he was flush with cash. Not an easy task for the receiver.

However, I think it would be an easy call to ask Ted Mondale to refund more than just $50,000 of the $150,000 loan he received from Petters (“Judge OKs Mondale’s $50,000 settlement,” April 24). Mondale receives an annual salary of $160,325 as executive director of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. Why not garnish a portion of his earnings until the balance of $100,000 is paid off?

The other two settlements approved by the court are even more egregious. Robert Wolbert is to pay back $16,400 of $600,000 and Stephen Ratliff is to pay $23,190, which is 4 percent of what he received from Petters. Where is the justice for the victims of this scheme?

Dan Howell, Medicine Lake

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AIR QUALITY

Burning for pleasure, burning for energy

The next time you light your back-yard bonfire, remember that it won’t be just your neighbors with asthma, COPD and heart issues who will be negatively affected; it may soon affect your wallet. As pointed out April 24 (“To fight smog, give up that lawn mower?”), the Twin Cities region may soon exceed federal limits on pollution, resulting in costs of up to $240 million. It is no longer the power plants and factories that are the major polluters, it is us.

Sue Romain, Minneapolis

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The Hennepin Energy Recovery Center burner is smack-dab next to the Twins stadium in downtown Minneapolis, and District Energy is smack-dab against downtown St. Paul, and together they put out so much particulate matter and toxins that back-yard burning and lawn mowers are Sunday school by comparison.

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