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Continued: Readers Write: (June 20): Obama, crematorium, street grid, litter

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Cremations lead to emissions of nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter, mercury, hydrogen fluoride, hydrogen chloride, non-methane volatile organic compounds and other heavy metals, in addition to persistent organic pollutants. The United Nations indicates that crematoria contribute 0.2 percent of the global emission of dioxins and furans.

WANDA S. BALLENTINE, St. Paul

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THE CITY GRID

Our routes want to be free of obstacles

The proposed Nicollet/Central Avenue streetcar line (“Minneapolis council gives initial OK to streetcar line,” June 19) is an exciting development that Minneapolis citizens should all support. I note that the routing between 28th Street S. and Lake Street is “undecided.” Dare I point out that this break in Nicollet Avenue is occupied by an eyesore of an antiquated Kmart store with a monstrous parking lot that serves no serious commercial purpose any longer. Let us help Kmart move if it wishes, and open up Nicollet Avenue once again for the streetcar and for normal traffic.

WILLIAM O. BEEMAN, Minneapolis

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The fate of Park and Portland Avenues and the park proposed for the blocks near the new Vikings stadium remind me of a situation years ago when construction of the Kmart was proposed for right in the middle of Nicollet Avenue at Lake Street. There was a lot opposition, but it was done anyway. A big mistake. Nicollet at the time was a streetcar and main route to downtown Minneapolis. Now we have a proposed park that will block two of the main one-way streets downtown.

Solution: Go ahead and build your park, but put it on the roof of a two-block-long parking garage, with Park and Portland Avenues tunneling through. An underground level could add to the capacity of the garage, which hopefully could pay for itself and the park on its roof.

JERRY FLUGAUR, Maple Grove

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LITTERING

Maybe awareness can help with this problem

Most lakes in Minnesota do not have trash receptacles, and those who use our lakes are supposed to take their trash with them. It is only a small proportion who litter, but it is enough to be annoying to those who live near a lake. The state has all sorts of programs to remind people how to stop the spread of invasive species. It might be time to start a program to remind people not to dump trash.

JEROME MCKENNA, Long Prairie, Minn.

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