Readers Write (Aug. 18): Coach Jerry Kill, fishing, Southwest commuter rail, Kurt Zellers, Vikings stadium, Washburn High, Congress

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COACH KILL

Headline reinforced stereotype of epilepsy

Thank you for your update on University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill (“I’m not a freak,” Aug. 11). I’ve had epilepsy for a long time and have gone through many of the same stages as the coach — denial, repeated seizures, etc. I was glad to see that the coach realizes that the Mayo Clinic is an answer to some problems, but you can’t beat some local clinics for epilepsy treatment.

ETHEL MARX, Stanchfield, Minn.

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As an epileptic for more than 40 years, I’m deeply sorry that Kill feels he has to make his epilepsy a condition to be vanquished; that it somehow makes him weak, so he has to be tough. Most people are surprised to learn that I’m epileptic. That’s good. It puts epilepsy where it belongs, as just another aspect of a person and certainly not a defining one.

Shame on the Star Tribune for blowing an opportunity to demonstrate how the coach’s epilepsy is simply part of a regular life. All of the paper’s protestations and sideline articles that Kill is being “bold” or “brave” to be so open about his condition are completely undercut by the “I’m not a freak” headline used to introduce the issue.

PRISCILLA WYETH, St. Paul

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RIVER FISHING

No need to go Up North with Mississippi nearby

Thanks to Dennis Anderson for the interesting article on fishing the Mississippi River in Minneapolis with smallmouth-bass guide Kip Veith (“Flying through downtown, casting for smallmouth bass,” Aug. 11). I fish that stretch of river often, and I am always surprised at how few anglers I see there. Smallmouth bass are an indicator fish, meaning they can live only in clean water. In fact, I’ve never caught a smallie below where the Minnesota River comes in. So while most of Minnesota’s 1 million anglers make the trek north, I will continue to fish the clean waters of the Mississippi River within 20 minutes of my front door.

BILL ANDREWS, Edina

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