Readers Write: (Aug. 15): Minneapolis police, Detroit finances, energy and power, drug enforcement, strip clubs

  • Updated: August 14, 2013 - 6:43 PM
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MINNEAPOLIS POLICE

Stop questioning the good work they do

Minneapolis police statistics show that more “action” occurs downtown and on the North Side, so why not concentrate on those areas?

When did it become “profiling” when a higher police presence in certain areas is justified by statistics indicating a higher level of criminal activity?

The media need to quit being self-serving and starting fires where there are none. Yes, deal with those few overzealous officers, just as we do with doctors, lawyers, politicians and all others, but do not paint the majority of officers who serve our cities with the “profiling” label that has become popular as of late.

TY YASUKAWA, Burnsville

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The Aug. 14 headline “Downtown, North Side cop stops jump” initially prompted the image of one of Minneapolis’ Finest wrestling a suicidal person off a railing of the Hennepin Avenue Bridge. Instead, it was the same old drumbeat from the Star Tribune — maligning the MPD for doing good police work. Its amazing that the hands-off policies being touted today are never linked to that sad reality known as the city of Detroit.

JOHN N. ROUNER, St. Louis Park

 

The writer is a retired Minneapolis police sergeant.

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SPEAKING OF DETROIT

Right wing gets its wish; this is an omen

Detroit is the largest city in the country to have filed for bankruptcy, even as it is paying $240 million toward a new sports facility. It, therefore, becomes the poster child of “corporatocracy” in America.

For decades now, probably longer, right-wing elements in this country and elsewhere around the world have relentlessly and inexorably been working to destroy government and what it represents — the public sector.

Detroit will be forced to privatize public services and institutions — utilities, schools, police and fire, museums and all those thousands of services performed loyally by dedicated public servants.

This is the conservative right-wing dream — everything owned and controlled by business and corporate monopolies — everything for profit only. The public sector, the public good, the common welfare will all become vestiges of a long-dead past.

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