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Continued: Readers Write (May 18): Child care, college admissions, Lebanon Hills park, light rail, abortion, gas prices

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More than 30,000 residents in Dakota County have disabilities. They should not be excluded from the beauty of Lebanon Hills.

STEVE SULLIVAN, Apple Valley

 

The writer is the Dakota County parks director

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LIGHT RAIL

Streetcar names leave much to be desired

Are the new, sterile, color-coded transit names brought to us by the descendants of those who tore down our historic buildings (“Metro Transit is ready for something new and blue,” May 17)? Fortunately, I am able to distinguish blue, green and red (some folks can’t). But my mind is assisted by no associations between those colors and the areas or directions they will serve.

“Hiawatha” is logical, and figuratively more colorful than “Blue.” Hiawatha also is the name of an iconic railroad train that once ran in the same general direction connecting us to Chicago.

First the airport terminals, and now the transit lines? So what next to strip of romance and character? Shall we rename Minneapolis and St. Paul “City W” and “City E”?

DAVID C. SMITH, Minneapolis

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SOCIAL ISSUES

Some one-percenters more equal than others

While reading the Star Tribune on Wednesday, I noticed the phrase “one percent” twice in section A. One case referred to the percentage of couples in Minnesota who are same-sex. In the other, a commentary writer lamented the claim by prolife groups about the proliferation of late-term abortions. The writer cited a study stating that only “one percent” of abortions are terminated after 21 weeks gestation.

How is it that we change our laws for one group of people who are “one percent” but will pass no laws to protect just one percent of the babies who are aborted every year in this state? Pretty sad.

PATRICIA DUSBABEK, Ramsey

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