Save debate until Met Council makes decision
In its rush not to lose its place for federal New Starts funding, the Metropolitan Council is planning the Southwest light-rail line through the Kenilworth corridor (“Tension rises as light-rail call looms,” June 27). Area residents are concerned about destruction of homes, safety issues and the permanent loss of the unique, urban parklike setting and bicycle trails. The real issue is whether the option that best solves these concerns — a deep bore tunnel — or the alternatives make sense. Arguments can be made to support almost any position. Let the Metropolitan Council make its choice. Then let the real debate begin as to whether another route for light rail to serve the southwest suburbs is a better use of scarce public money and precious green space.
NICHOLAS SHURALEFF II, Minneapolis
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A commentary that missed the obvious
Fred Zimmerman’s cautionary article was interesting and educational (“Business Forum: Could a Detroit-style fall happen in the Twin Cities?” July 29). But I must ask: How can one write at length about the industrial demise of Detroit and never use the word “union”?
JOHN PERIOLAT, St. Louis Park
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Some don’t share the same religious views
To those folks sad about gay marriage, especially for religious reasons, I must ask: If your religion bans the eating of pork and shellfish, do you mourn the fact that others may order them from the menu (“Gay marriage foes more sad than bitter,” July 31)? If your religion bans divorce, do you seek to make it illegal for everyone? If your religion allows polygamy, do you feel others should be compelled by law to take multiple wives? Your particular religion, whatever it may be, is a code of conduct by which you must strive to live, so if you don’t want to marry someone of the same sex, by all means don’t. However, others who don’t share your religious views aren’t, and shouldn’t be, in any way bound by them.
STEVE HOFFMANN, Anoka
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A mother’s dream came true just after midnight Aug. 1. What a joy to witness the happiness of dear couples who finally were able to say their vows and marry the one they loved. It’s a night I will never forget. Thank you, Minnesota!
RANDI REITAN, Eden Prairie
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