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Continued: Readers Write: (June 13): Surveillance, party endorsement, 'buzzed biking,' Neal Karlen book

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PARTY POLITICS

Loyalty demands undermine RCV push

I want, once again, to point out the hypocrisy of the DFL in supporting ranked-choice voting (RCV) so adamantly and at the same time demanding, upon the threat of political death for noncompliance, that all DFL candidates not endorsed by the party drop out of their particular races.

If party leaders truly want to show the strength of their endorsements, they should let all candidates run in the general election and, even with RCV, their chosen candidates should prevail.

Given that Minneapolis and St. Paul are essentially one-party towns, the DFL only does a disservice to all voters, not just party activists (sheep?) by denying them a decent choice in the election. If all but the endorsee drop out, there’s often only one choice on the ballot, and that goes against everything RCV stands for.

Kevin Driscoll, St. Paul

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‘BUZZED BIKING’

Statistically, this is not a problem locally

The article “Buzzed biking: Legal but potentially lethal” (June 10) focused too heavily on the issue at a national level. The author did, however, touch upon one statistic that is far more applicable to our community: In Minneapolis, bicyclists were impaired in fewer than “6 percent of the nearly 3,000 bicyclist-motorist collisions that occurred between 2000 and 2010.”

This means that every year about 16 impaired bicyclists are involved in a crash with an automobile. For a city with a population approaching 400,000, I do not find this evidence sufficient to suggest that we have a problem with “buzzed biking.” In addition, correlation does not equal causation. Many of those operating an automobile fail to properly acknowledge cyclists, and it is very possible that many of these accidents were the fault of the driver.

By no means do I advocate getting lit and riding a bike around town like an idiot. However, I do believe that if the proper precautions are taken (e.g., helmet, front and back lights, and sufficient knowledge and experience riding in the city), a cyclist is safe riding home after an evening out at the bar. It would be simply ridiculous to decree the same rules for piloting a two-ton automobile and riding a 20-pound bicycle under the influence of alcohol.

Gary Lussier Jr., Minneapolis

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NEAL KARLEN BOOK

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