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Under Gov. Arne Carlson, the planning function was streamlined to focus on the strategic and long-term aspects of public policy. Minnesota Milestones, which measured outcomes, was a centerpiece and led to performance budgeting in state government. There were also special progress reports relating to children, education, the environment, corrections, etc.
Overall, these efforts gained a variety of national awards, including excellence in financial management and the state’s AAA bond rating.
We would all be better served with this long-term focus.
ANN SCHLUTER, Lakeville
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And then there’s simply being alert
In response to June 25 Letter of the Day about cyclists who don’t alert pedestrians when passing on the trails: As a rider who has observed a majority of people wearing headphones and earbuds, I have given up trying to alert anyone of my passing. I approach carefully, then pass as widely as possible. Last week, I attempted to pass two runners who were taking up almost the entire path, so I passed on the grass, only to have one of them yell at me to warn them when I approached. Then there are the dogs on long leashes, but I digress …
WILLIAM O’REILLY, Minneapolis
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It seems all modes of transportation (foot, bicycle, skateboard, scooter, motorcycle or car) have their share of jerks. No amount of rules of the road (or path) education can teach us to treat each other better, mind the law and to pay attention to your surroundings.
SONJA ELIAS, Minneapolis
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