Too much is being done at once in Twin Cities
Congratulations to the fine people of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Surely your intention in starting simultaneous construction projects on Hwys. 169, 13, 494 and 101 — as well as on Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie — was a coordinated effort to infuriate as much of the west and southwest metro as humanly possible (“The Drive” blog, July 29). So on behalf of everyone who has to commute to or from that side of town, I say thank you. Mission accomplished.
ADAM SKOGLUND, Eagan
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Why the secrecy about trips to lure business?
Am I the only one troubled by the mystery surrounding our governor’s secret trips, presumably to woo jobs (Hot Dish Politics blog, July 31)? This is setting a dangerous precedent. Governor, just in case it slipped your mind, you work for the people of Minnesota. You owe it to the people to be upfront and straightforward.
SHARRON EBERT, Brooklyn Park
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Better screening, more training is needed
It was with sadness and disgust that I read about the behavior of two Minneapolis police officers in Green Bay, Wis. (“Cops’ ‘hateful’ slurs appall city leaders,” July 31). More than any other civil service position, police applicants need to be thoroughly vetted, trained, and subject to reviews and oversight. What they are asked to do is beyond what most of us could handle and for that police officers deserve our support and appreciation.
MARGARET DeHARPPORTE, Eden Prairie
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SPIES AND LEAKS
Update the laws to fit the digital times
Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks and the Edward Snowden cases raise questions: Shouldn’t Congress now be taking pains legislatively to broadly distinguish between espionage/spying and leaking information (“Manning guilty of 20 charges, not aiding the enemy,” July 31)? Should it establish meaningfully different penalties for each? Are espionage and spying to be seen as the same? In the digital age, when much can be shared so easily, we must take pains to clarify our laws.
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