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Continued: Readers Write (July 1): Labels, achievement gap, Paula Deen, losing trees, cycling

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Perhaps changing the curriculum so that larger periods of time could be spent on application would demonstrate a purpose for learning.

The public school system concentrates too much on theory and not enough on practice. Students need to learn early on how they can incorporate new information into possible careers instead of waiting until later in high school. This would in turn prevent the achievement gap from turning into a wage gap.

SHARON E. CARLSON, Andover

LOSING TREES

It’s sometimes too easy to place the blame

This past week we read that sidewalk repair and the cutting of roots may have contributed to the downing of many of our trees in the recent storm. While it is nice to be able to blame someone or a municipal department when bad things happen, I’m reminded of a storm we experienced at our cabin in Morrison County in the mid-1970s. It had rained hard for several days, then a powerful straight-line wind blew in from across the lake. We watched 43 trees uprooted on our small parcel alone. No one had cut their roots doing sidewalk repairs, but they went down nonetheless.

JOHN MITCHELL, Minneapolis

BICYCLING

Public vehicles could help set good example

The other day I watched as a pedestrian got off the bus and waited for traffic to clear to safely cross Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. Making the decision to lawfully stop for a pedestrian puts drivers as risk of being harassed or rear-ended. While stopped, I watched as the bus moved along.

On another day I was behind a car that stopped at a Midtown Green­way crossing, not for a pedestrian, but for a cyclist. Wait a minute, isn’t that a stop sign on the Greenway? Isn’t it the cyclist’s responsibility to stop for the car? We definitely need more education and enforcement of current pedestrian crossing laws. Wouldn’t it be great if drivers of public vehicles, such as the bus I observed, would lead by example?

JULIA VANATTA, Minneapolis

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