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Continued: Readers Write: (July 21): Michael Karkoc, Southwest light rail, health care

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I was amazed several years ago when the extremely useful, versatile route option through the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis was discarded in favor of a less useful route through a “park,” for the sake of saving a few minutes’ travel time between downtown and the suburbs. Uptown’s immediately obvious advantages are its large population for the line to serve, and its abundance of lakes, restaurants and biking, which provide a many-faceted destination both for city dwellers and suburbanites.

Now, as the chosen route becomes increasingly difficult and expensive to accomplish, can we find a way to go back and re-look at the Uptown route? Much more detail regarding reasons why the Uptown route is better, and discussion of federal rules that are biased in favor of long-distance commuters are much more thoroughly explained at www.startribune.com/a2364.

We should take every action available to do this right the first time. A second chance seems quite unlikely.

TED R. LARSON, Chaska

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HEALTH CARE

Obama’s delay is no cause for distrust

Tim Penny and Tom Horner heap scorn on President Obama for a delay in implementing the employer mandate of Obamacare (“Politicians certainly earn their scorn,” July 14). They ignore the purpose of the Affordable Care Act, which is to make it possible for millions of people to get medical care without going broke. The majority of those the law intends to provide with insurance will not be affected by this delay.

Undermining trust in our government is a poor use of space in this newspaper, and it is a puzzling career choice for men who have aspired to high political office.

Dr. WILLIAM ANTHONY SMITHSON, Rochester

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