Louise Erdrich was spot-on about the Southwest corridor light-rail project (“Let’s stop this stinker,” Aug. 11). Meanwhile, Adam Platt seems to suggest that local residents, walkers and bicyclists quit griping over green space and accept some yet-to-be-determined not-so-costly idea (“The wiggle room is in the bike trail,” Aug. 11).
ELYSE RABINOWITZ, Minneapolis
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Erdrich’s most egregious statement is that the line won’t serve the people of Minneapolis. Obviously, it will serve downtown Minneapolis. But it also creates a critical opportunity link for residents of north Minneapolis to jobs in the southwest suburbs. There’s currently no reasonable transit service for the residents of the Near North neighborhood and beyond to jobs in the Southwest Corridor. This commuter line is a game-changer for the neighborhoods in our city with the worst levels of unemployment.
DAVID GREENE, Minneapolis
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Platt’s analysis of the bike trail dilemma was right on. Are the short-term and myopic interests of a wealthy constituency (Kenwood/Lake of the Isles) going to dominate discussion and the outcome of an issue for the entire metropolitan community? I hope not.
DOUG ELLINGSON, Richfield
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Let’s allow the people of the city to vote on the matter. Who could possibly be afraid of the outcome?
HARRIET BARLOW, Minneapolis
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No one is like everyone — even in Minnesota
Columnist Lori Sturdevant reported that state Rep. Kurt Zellers, a GOP candidate for governor, told a Farmfest audience: “I’m an Every Minnesotan” (“Class identity is featured in 2014 races,” Aug. 11). I’m still trying to figure out what that means, but it seems to indicate that Zellers lives the life of every Minnesotan, and that everyone in Minnesota might vote for someone just like themselves.
But on Minneapolis’ North Side, in the Phillips neighborhood, at Cedar Square West, and even over on St. Paul’s East Side and across smaller urban and rural areas of the state, there are people who know they are definitely not like every Minnesotan. In fact, there may be only one “Every Minnesotan.” Zellers will probably get his vote.
STEVE WATSON, Minneapolis
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