Readers Write: (Aug. 9): Wilf family, Washburn High, health care costs, Obama vs. Putin

  • Updated: August 8, 2013 - 6:53 PM

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Given Wilf news, let’s review who looks bad

Now that the tide has gone out on the Vikings stadium deal, it is time to examine what has been exposed:

1) The state of Minnesota has entered into an agreement with an organization that used “organized crime” tactics (in the words of plaintiffs who sued members of the Wilf family) in its business dealings (“N.J. judge says Wilf cheated partners,” Aug. 7.)

2) In the New Jersey case, the Wilf organization reneged on a previous real-estate agreement because the individuals involved — according to Zygi Wilf in court testimony — got “too good” of a deal. Locally, the city of Blaine was stiffed for constructing improvements at a site several years ago where it was thought the stadium would be built.

3) Minnesota selected an unproven and untested method (electronic pulltabs) as its primary revenue source to fund its portion of the stadium.

4) Foremost among local media, the Star Tribune has provided recklessly rah-rah, chamber of commerce/brotherhood, self-serving coverage on the stadium issue. The virtual noncoverage of the pending court case against the Wilfs in New Jersey is only the latest in a series of failures in this regard. The newspaper’s record in covering the story is a scandal in its own right.


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Distractions continue, and who’s at fault?

With its highly touted new principal, Patrick Exner, facing allegations involving his former charter school’s test scores (“Allegations land new principal on leave,” Aug. 8) please add my name to what is, I am sure, a growing list of readers incensed about the struggle of Washburn High School. Misstep after misstep has served to muddy the reputation of this school — once thought to be among the very best in the nation.

As a proud graduate of the Class of 1954, I am both saddened and disgusted with the turn of events.

The Minneapolis Public Schools leadership team ought to quit trying to bring in people from the outside to lead what used to be a great school. Try promoting the best from within the district for a change.


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Because of unknown allegations, Washburn is now without both former athletic director Dan Pratt and former principal Carol Markham-Cousins, and the Washburn community is suffering as a result.

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