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Continued: Readers Write: (June 5): Oil boom, ideological arrogance, Supreme Court, higher ed, weather, roads

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University appreciates state leaders’ efforts

When the legislative session began, the University of Minnesota outlined an aggressive plan to keep college within reach for Minnesota’s families and to partner with the state to solve some of our society’s most challenging problems.

Thanks to university President Eric Kaler’s leadership, and to the commitment of policymakers to investing in higher education, Minnesota undergraduate students will benefit from a tuition freeze at all five University of Minnesota campuses for the next two academic years. That’s a savings of about $2,500 per student.

Meanwhile, Minnesota industries will grow thanks to new investments in research and innovation at the University. Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature invested in critical scientific advances in food production and protection, robotics, water quality and addressing brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. This cutting-edge research will improve lives in Minnesota communities and around the world, and will spark new and growing industries in our state.

These investments in the university are good news for our state. Thank you, Gov. Dayton and our legislative leaders, including Higher Education Chairs Sen. Terri Bonoff and Rep. Gene Pelowski, for investing in students and keeping our economy strong.

Linda Cohen, chair; University of Minnesota Board of Regents

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If this were Seattle …

Bill McAuliffe’s article “As May fades to gray, we’re kind of blue” (May 31) made it sound like you guys are a bunch of wimps not being able to take the gray skies of spring. His reference to the Twin Cities as being “like Seattle” was especially funny, since it is not uncommon for 90 straight days without sun here in the Northwest.

Yeah, our suicide rate may spike a bit in the winter and we may have webbed feet, but at least we don’t cry about it. Come on, Minnesotans — buck up. By the way; it is 68 and clear skies here as I write, with no rain in sight for the next week. Mount Rainier is out in all its glory, and the Pacific is as calm as a quiet Minnesota lake.

Tom Lindberg, Kirkland, Wash.

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If this were Canada …

In May, we took a trip out east with our fifth-wheel RV. The trip included a stop southeast of Montreal, Canada, to visit some friends, so we traveled through the southern provinces of Ontario and Quebec. And we were pleasantly surprised as to the quality of the highways — much smoother and less potholes than the highways, tollways and freeways in the lower 48. In the past six months, we have traveled in 19 different states, and we can find the potholes with our RV.

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