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Continued: Readers write (May 21): Vikings stadium design, Legislature, public pensions

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Tom Rasinski, Coon Rapids

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So … lots and lots of glass! Has anyone thought how horrible this is for birds? You should see the number of birds that lay dead near the Hennepin County Government Center, victims of trying to simply fly on their course. It will be as bad, if not worse, for birds at the new stadium.

William Lundquist, Bloomington

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To be blunt, I speak for the Minnesotans who oppose construction of a new stadium.

Many years ago, Alistair Cooke (the original host for Masterpiece Theater and a widely respected savant) shocked his distinguished audience at the Mayo Clinic, gathered to celebrate the opening of a new laboratory building, by saying that it’s not so important what a building looks like as it is what goes on inside it.

So, if the building is only going to be used for pro football fewer than 10 times a year, it would be really foolish to sink very much money into it.

Yet the plan calls for a building twice the size of the Metrodome that has a rigid roof and will require climate control.

If it is built, will they come? What if spending two seasons playing at TCF Bank Stadium converts Viking fans into believing in old-fashioned outdoor football — the way it was meant to be played?

The bottom line is that nobody really wants to pay for the stadium, apart from the Wilf family. Gov. Mark Dayton trots out one sin tax after another in order to appease the faithful. If the stadium plan, funded with a general tax, wouldn’t pass on a statewide referendum, then let’s just move on.

John F. Hick, St. Paul

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The Editorial Board also sought comments online, which elicited comparisons such as “dead ringer for Noah’s Ark” (from three sides at least) and “Chinese food takeout carton,” in addition to complaints about the lack of sustainability measures and concerns over the maintenance of the clear roof. However, the online crowd also included a few fans, who offered compliments such as “bold, beautiful piece of architecture” and “stadium disguised as a work of art.”

“In three years when this is open, you’ll all get it,” wrote one commenter. “Sure, it doesn’t look like a stadium, but that’s a good thing. With the addition of the new park and development accompanying it, this is a huge game-changer. I can’t wait!”

David Banks, Assistant Commentary Editor

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