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Continued: Readers Write (May 22): Legislature, theater prices, stadium parking, terrorism

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  • Last update: May 22, 2013 - 9:30 PM

Anthony D. Pellegrini, Minneapolis


The writer is a professor of educational psychology at the University of Minnesota.

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The one issue most Minnesotans care about was not even brought up for a vote. What will it take next year for our Legislature to respectfully debate and vote for background checks on all gun sales?

Was the Minneapolis mass murder at Accent Signage not close enough to home for the mostly rural Minnesota legislators, who forced leaders to block a vote? Will it take another Red Lake school shooting to move rural legislators to act, or do they still support the extreme progun lobbyists? A supermajority of Minnesota gun owners want background checks on gun sales.

If you care about this moral bill, please contact your representatives and senators now and Feb. 25, the start of the next legislative session.

Gary Thompson, St.Paul

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We have abundant local offerings, at great value

It is true that tickets for Broadway touring shows can be expensive (Letter of the Day, May 21). I would argue, though, that people do have access to the arts in our community; there are many other options for enjoying a night at the theater that cost less.

The Ivey Awards website (our local Tony Awards) lists more than 75 theater companies in the metro area — from locally produced musical theater (like Theater Latte Da) to culturally specific theater (Mu Performing Arts, Penumbra) to physical theater (Live Action Set) to puppets (Open Eye Figure Theatre) to interesting interpretations of Shakespeare (Ten Thousand Things, Frank Theater and so many more) to historical theater, to broad comedy, to theater by women, to political theater, and so on.

By purchasing tickets to one of these shows, you are supporting Minnesota artists and the local economy. And inexpensive does not at all equal lower quality.

Sharon DeMark, St. Paul

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Borrow this parking idea from Boston

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