State-run casino can make up for shortfall
Surprise, surprise. About the only people who thought electronic pulltabs would generate enough revenue were members of the Minnesota Legislature (“Dayton working on new Vikings stadium funding plan,” May 9). It’s time to be realistic. Casino gambling is already in the state. Another casino run by the state would create jobs and competition. Some of the proceeds could be used to treat addicts. We wouldn’t have to tax the wealthy. There would be money in the future for education, tax relief and whatever pet projects legislators could dream up. Gambling exists. Let us take advantage of it.
BILL PARKER, Eagan
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Mixed feelings about punter’s departure
It seems odd, to say the least, that an athlete who speaks out for social justice, sport safety and recognition of the excellence of a past player is shunned by his employer, but those who commit battery, drive while intoxicated or engage in other illegal behavior are tolerated, and sometimes even coddled (“Kluwe to take words, deeds to another team, May 7”).
GENE CASE, Andover
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Kluwe caused disruption within the Vikings organization. If this disruption was in another workplace, the disrupter would be asked to leave. Look most recently at J.C. Penney to see the result of “disruption.” Goodbye, Chris!
CRAIG ANDERSON, Brainerd, Minn.
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Bicyclists pay more than their fair share for roads
Only about half of road funding comes from user fees such as gas taxes, registration fees and tolls. The other half comes from general funds. Do taxpayers who don’t drive subsidize those who do? (“In new environment, costs must be shared,” Readers Write, May 4).
Now, consider that each car requires more than 25 times as much paved surface to drive and park as a bike does and more than 80 times as much as walking does. Roadways for 4,000-pound cars also require much greater expense per square foot to build and maintain than bikeways for 200-pound cyclists. Worse, in a century of expensive road building, we’ve yet to build our way out of congestion.
Or, that in the United States we spend about $8,000 per person annually on health care, double what other developed countries spend, and that this gap is projected to increase. Sitting behind the wheel of a car is perhaps the least healthy activity (nonactivity) that most of us do each day. However, someone who rides a bike to work twice a week costs about $1,200 per year less in health care as others.
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