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The article about how Twin Cities golf courses are being converted to housing missed a great many important details regarding Parkview Golf Course in Eagan, and erroneously suggested that the conversion beginning there is routine (“Housing developers tee up for Twin Cities courses,” June 30). In fact, Parkview has been in business as a golf course for decades. Although its previous owners complained about the declining number of rounds played, it was actually a viable business that served a unique niche in Eagan and the area by catering especially to youths and seniors. There was even a willing and able buyer who wanted to continue it as a golf course. Support for denying the zoning amendment was high, and definitely not limited to the neighbors, although those neighbors had legitimate claims that were ignored by the City Council. Four of the five council members listened politely, then completely ignored their own Comprehensive Plan, and the welfare of Eagan residents, in approving the zoning change. Of course a course owner can make more selling to a developer, but it’s not the owner’s choice to change the zoning.
CHRISTIE SODERLING, Eagan
MEDICAL DEVICE TAX
First step in tax reform should be a repeal
On Monday, Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., will be in Minnesota on their nationwide tax reform tour. Their efforts are critical to growing our nation’s economy and competing globally. In Minnesota and across the nation, repeal of the medical device tax is a critical first step in this process.
Minnesota’s medical device community, which boasts more than 35,000 direct jobs and 100,000 supporting jobs, is under great duress. Thankfully, our congressional leaders are working hard on this issue.
Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken led the recent passage of a strongly bipartisan budget resolution supporting repeal of this onerous $30 billion tax. Minnesota congressman Erik Paulsen has been driving repeal of the tax in the House with similar bipartisan support.
This issue is personal for our companies. Both ACIST Medical Systems and Heart Leaflet Technologies Inc. are R&D intensive businesses with highly-skilled workforces in Minnesota and California. The medical device tax has already caused us to reduce both R&D spending and hiring. Our ability to remain a great U.S. and Minnesota success story is at risk today as a result of the device tax.
The writer is president and chief operating officer of ACIST Medical Systems and Heart Leaflet Technologies.
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