My adult son Mark had his first MS attack 19 to 20 years ago. Within a few years, it was diagnosed as permanent and progressive. Shortly thereafter, he became unemployable, and hasn’t worked since then. Today, he rarely leaves his apartment. A doctor’s visit exhausts him for several days. The public shouldn’t be confused by stories such as Lahammer’s.
EDWARD J. SCHWARTZBAUER, Edina
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Katherine Kersten aimed and missed
Kersten is wrong to suggest that the Met Council’s regional planning for the Twin Cities area is a government plot to create zombielike cities (“Sticking it to the suburbs: It’s all planned,” Aug. 4). It’s sensible planning for the future and addresses many needs, including the fact many people want to move back to the cities. They are not being forced into anything.
My sister and I own rental property in St. Paul, and tenants want to be close to work, school, a bustling night life, mass transit and all the amenities cities offer. Developers are building condos and apartment complexes, many of them luxury units, in the Twin Cities because the demand is there. I applaud the Met Council for stepping up to the plate to plan for the future of our great metropolitan centers.
SUE ROHLAND, St. Paul
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Kersten ignores the simple reality that “white flight” spawned the failed economic experiment of the suburban lifestyle. It must be particularly vexing for these panic-stricken conservatives that their own offspring recognize the illusion of a fulfilling suburban life and are flocking to the cities. Why should the balance of the region subsidize a self-inflicted, fear-based and obsolete lifestyle choice?
J. KURT SCHRECK, Minneapolis
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Our 3 million metro residents are about to be forced into high-density urban apartments and condos, relying almost entirely on bicycles, streetcars and trains to manage our lives. Wake up to the new urban realities, folks. Our leftist, urban progressives are about to spend nearly $2 billion on a silly train that no one wants traversing their neighborhoods; a train that few will ride and metro taxpayers will have to subsidize forever.
If you don’t start voicing your objections to their hijacking the way of life the vast majority of us have chosen, they will prevail. Welcome to your 1,500-square-foot condo somewhere near a train you never want to use and a lifestyle totally foreign to what so many of us strive for. Do your homework. Speak out. Demand a future that makes sense for you and your children.
MARK H. REED, Plymouth
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