Readers Write (June 16): $10 million teardown, heroin, NSA leaks, Legacy funds, nuclear power

  • Updated: June 15, 2013 - 4:47 PM

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The divide between rich and poor is clear

The plans of Cargill heir Donald C. MacMillan to tear down a $10 million home on Lake Minnetonka evoked a range of reactions in me that can best be summed up by: “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should” (“$10M house ready for wrecker,” June 9).

I don’t begrudge people the right to spend their money however they see fit, nor do I have a problem with people who exercise their property rights. However, when I juxtapose this story with the well-documented problem of homelessness in our state and the country, I am struck by the tone-deafness of this action.

Of course, for all I know MacMillan may be a significant supporter of efforts to address homelessness. Still, actions such as this teardown continue to shine a light on the growing chasm between the haves and the have-nots in society.


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I was saddened about the impending teardown of a unique house designed by internationally renowned architect Romaldo Giurgola. This is becoming an all-too-common story in the Twin Cities and nationally. We’re losing irreplaceable structures and neighborhood character at an alarming rate.

This is a problem for all of us to work on, but city councils, planning commissions and boards of adjustment make the key decisions. I can only hope that such wanton and shortsighted destruction spurs civic leaders throughout our community to act boldly to write new plans and laws that protect our historically and architecturally significant resources.

BOB PATTON, Plymouth

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Keep delving into this important story

I read with interest the article regarding the rise in deaths from heroin overdoses (“Heroin fears surge with deaths, ODs,” June 7). The situation is a scourge in northern Minnesota’s rural communities, particularly among young people. A broader story about heroin-related issues is warranted. In the past two days, I have dealt with one heroin-related theft and one heroin-related suicide.

Overdoses are likely the smallest part of the problem, which is an alarming and terribly sad statement. Policies concerning prescription opioids should be revisited. Our young people are being eaten alive by a monster while pharmaceutical companies are making multiple billions in profits. Are prescription opioids really the best answer in general pain treatment?

ANNA FELLEGY, Cloquet, Minn.


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