Letter of the Day (Aug. 11): Gender equity, multiple sclerosis, Met Council, bull incident

  • Updated: August 10, 2013 - 4:36 PM

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Gender equity required under Minnesota law

In reading about the conflict between different groups for ice time at Braemar Arena in Edina, I didn’t see any reference to the state law governing an underrepresented gender (“Seeking to cool dispute, Edina gives hockey more ice time,” Aug. 7).

The law — MS 15.98 — reads in part: “If the arena provides more prime ice time to groups of one gender than to groups of the other gender, the arena may not deny a request for prime ice time from the group of the underrepresented gender, provided that the group of the underrepresented gender pays the same price charged to groups of the other gender.”

This was enacted when girls and women were just starting to play hockey. I am sure that there are lots of girls playing hockey in Edina now, but this bit of state law should be part of the discussion.

State Rep. PHYLLIS KAHN, DFL-Minneapolis

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Column inspired but didn’t paint full picture

As one who lives with multiple sclerosis (MS), I feel that Lori Sturdevant’s column on Mary Lahammer left the reader with an overly positive view (“Lessons of a harsh teacher,” Aug. 4). I’m glad that Lahammer’s experience has been manageable, but there are many for whom that is not true.

MS is unpredictable, and anyone living with it (or with a loved one suffering from it) needs to become accustomed to the idea that the afflicted person may wake up tomorrow and be unable to walk, unable to control their bladder, unable to use an appendage, or be debilitated by depression, fatigue or pain. The list goes on.

Death (or not) is not the best measure of success or failure of control of a chronic disease. Quality of life is a huge issue. It is true that there are better tools available today than in the past, but we’ve still a long way to go.


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My wife Pam was diagnosed 21 years ago with relapsing-remitting MS. That’s just one form of this insidious disease. Just to be clear, MS is serious and incurable. Someday, Pam will die from complications of it — unless we find a cure. I do the MS Walk and all the Bike MS events, and I volunteer for the Muck Ruckus, and every time we hold an event I learn that someone we know with MS is dying, or dead. That said, our approach has to remain positive and hopeful.

TOM EMISON, Minneapolis

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