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Continued: Readers Write (Aug. 7): Climate change, mental health, Southwest LRT, Heritage Square

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We wanted to ensure that the June 21 story (“Costly lessons: The price of special education in Minnesota”) didn’t lead readers to believe that day treatment programs are entirely funded by school districts. Day treatment is a health care-led therapy program. Health insurance pays for the clinical side; typically the school district pays for the child’s education services.

We need more community-based programs so that Minnesota can get back to its leadership roots of serving its community’s needs — including this growing need among our state’s youth.

TRACI HACKMANN

The writer is chief executive officer of Lifespan of Minnesota.

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SOUTHWEST LRT

Don’t feel sorry for backer of flawed plan

Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman is deeply discouraged about the Southwest light-rail project (“Rail fight poses risk for future of project,” Aug. 5)? Then why did she invest so much time and taxpayer money assuming there would be a freight rail reroute through St. Louis Park that was obviously unsafe and unworkable from an engineering perspective? Anyone who has been paying attention has known years of discouragement as this folly has unfolded. Taxpayers, commuters and residents of the Kenilworth corridor and of St. Louis Park — not Dorfman — deserve sympathy.

JOSEPH LaPray, St. Louis Park

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HERITAGE SQUARE

State Fair will be losing family-friendly venue

It is very apparent the State Fair board is more interested in money than in serving the state’s varied constituents (“Fair’s Heritage Square may really become thing of past,” Aug. 2).

Closing Heritage Square will be a severe blow to those who gravitated to the stage to experience family oriented entertainment, see various amateur contests, and enjoy an out-of-the-way place to sit out of the sun while drinking a cold beverage.

The existing transit center could be modernized without taking away the heart of the fair. Maybe Machinery Hill, the Amusement Center or International Square should be eliminated instead. Oh yeah, that would not serve the interests of fairgoers. Revenue has nothing to do with the decision.

John Walker, Otsego, Minn.

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