Once power is held, self-interest rules
My compliments to your paper on the editorial regarding the unionizing of day care providers. You are asking the bigger questions, and it was refreshing to hear your insight regarding who would benefit if the legislation passed.
It concerns me that organizations that gain power begin to corrupt themselves. It doesn’t seem to matter whether it is the union, big business, Democrats, Republicans or special-interest groups. The old statement “power corrupts” still holds true. I would suggest two things that might give the power of government back to the people and keep it away from the power groups:
1) That all campaign dollars come only from the district the elected officials represent. Say no to national special-interest dollars.
2) All representatives of the people should be restricted from authoring legislation that benefits them personally. Simple ethics.
I desire a government of the people and for the people.
GREGORY M. OLSON, Buffalo, Minn.
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The real ‘ticket’ to the school of your dreams
So colleges’ admissions decisions are about a student’s personal essay? (“Students find all A’s aren’t automatic ticket to college,” May 16.) This, at best, is window dressing. Or an excuse — take your pick. It is not only Stanford. Look around; many are doing the same thing. For many colleges today it is about one thing only. It is about “diversity.”
GARY RIESENBERG, Minneapolis
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Parks are for everyone; some need pavement
The writer of a letter regarding a proposal to put in some paved trails in Dakota County’s largest and most popular regional park (“Lebanon Hills is a paradise that shouldn’t be paved,” May 16) is correct. Lebanon Hills is a paradise, offering canoeing, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, picnicking and more in simply spectacular settings. But paving six and a half miles of trails, while leaving 40 miles of unpaved trails, wouldn’t change that. It probably would attract people who want year-round recreation, which requires paved trails. Families who bike together may try Lebanon Hills. Does this mean more people will use the park? We certainly hope so.
Our parks belong to the public, and everyone should be able to enjoy them. But the lack of paved trails makes it difficult for families with strollers or people on bikes to reach their favorite parts of the park — not to mention those who use wheelchairs, canes or walkers.
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