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Continued: Readers Write: (Aug. 21): U health care, sex offenders, Southwest light rail, national security

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The Rev. SANDRA STUART GRAY, Stillwater

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SOUTHWEST COMMUTER RAIL

What St. Louis Park did and did not do

I keep hearing the refrain that “promises were made” in discussions about rerouting freight rail from the Kenilworth corridor to St. Louis Park.

Two of the most commonly asserted myths regarding the freight rail reroute are that St. Louis Park promised to take the freight trains and that colocation would destroy the Kenilworth trails. In fact, St. Louis Park City Council Resolution 01-120 accepted the recommendation of the St. Louis Park Railroad Task Force, which agreed to the reroute only if “there is no reasonable way to accommodate both freight rail and mass transit within the Kenilworth corridor.” Six options have been identified for accommodating both freight rail and mass transit in the corridor, and both of the tunnel options selected for serious consideration would provide bicycle trails along the current route when construction is completed. St. Louis Park did not agree to take the freight rail, and the Kenilworth bike trails would be temporarily disrupted, not destroyed forever.

Instead of talking about what has been promised in the past, why don’t we talk about how to move forward in a way that is safe and equitable for all?

KATHRYN KOTTKE, St. Louis Park

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NATIONAL SECURITY

Looks like Al-Qaida is achieving its mission

At Heathrow Airport on Sunday, the British national security police detained the partner of a journalist who had written stories based on leaks by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

George Orwell’s “1984” is almost 30 years late coming, but the intrusion of our government into the lives of American citizens is now rampant. We need to take back our right to privacy and force the government to stop the opaque intrusions into our lives. It is a sickness of all recent administrations, whether under George W. Bush or Barack Obama. If Al-Qaida forces us to relinquish our cherished American liberty in the so-called interest of national security, it has accomplished its purpose of destroying freedom in America. I am expecting to be put on a no-fly list if this is published.

ARTHUR E. HIGINBOTHAM, Minneapolis

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