Don’t do away with a peaceful State Fair stop
Reworking Heritage Square into a State Fair transit terminal is such a bad idea (“Fair’s Heritage Square may really become thing of past,” Aug. 2). This charming area is one of the last places left where you can escape the mind-numbing crowds. It’s a wonderful place where you can almost always find a place to sit, usually listen to some great music, and have a last beer and food item before heading home. We need more spaces like it at the fair, not fewer.
DON NEMITZ, Circle Pines, Minn.
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Issue is settled: Can’t we just move on now?
Jason Lewis quotes James Madison: “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined … [they] will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce” (“Court jilts democracy on marriage,” Aug. 10). Lewis complains that the court overreached itself in striking down a part of the Defense of Marriage Act. But if the federal government is to be restricted as defined by Madison, then how did it ever manage to enact DOMA?
CARA P. KNITTEL, Burnsville
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The legality of gay marriage was accepted by Minnesota lawmakers, the day of enactment arrived, and now Minnesota is home to a very happy gay community. We have been watching the events on every television news channel and reading multiple newspaper stories. The process unfolded with mixed opinions and controversy. It is now over. Can we please put it behind us and return to normalcy?
DON EISENSHENK, Minnetonka
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