As a Blaine High School alumnus, I don’t care if Mike Grant is the fruit of Bud Grant’s loins or a slumdog millionaire. The highest governing principle of any sports fan is “hate thy neighbor.” This isn’t true hatred — more of a “I hate broccoli” kind of hatred. Such is the case when it comes to the relationship between the average Minnesota high school sports fan and Eden Prairie. It doesn’t matter who Mike Grant’s father is or that he’s kind of a nice guy. He’s a legendary coach in one of the richest cities in Minnesota, and so he will be hated. He’s from the Lake Conference, and so he will be hated. Focus on his success, his life story, and his future plans, but don’t beg readers to kiss this coach’s feet. He’s frustrated the rest of Minnesota on the gridiron for 20 years, and we need someone against whom to vent that frustration.
DAVID QUE, Ham Lake, Minn.
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Forget the train and create a new bus line
I’ve been reading about the Southwest light-rail corridor problems for the past few weeks (“Southwest rail issues long since solved,” Aug. 22). My suggestion in solving this dilemma is to create a bus line, very much like the one now being used on Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis. The cost would be far less, and it could be more flexible in where it goes. In fact, with all of the savings from not building the light-rail system, the buses could be the best you could get for your money and still have some left over for maintaining them.
PATRICIA BLANC-ROGACKI, Minneapolis
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NURSING HOME DEATH
Why did police use Taser on elderly man?
It’s unbelievable that a St. Louis Park police officer used a Taser on a 76-year-old nursing home resident (“Tasered by cops, nursing home patient dies,” Aug. 22). It’s another example of our police forces running amok.
JERRY STRUTHERS, Otsego, Minn.
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Based on the headline, it would seem police officers Tasered a defenseless old man and caused his immediate death. But the reader learns in the article that police officers were called to the nursing home to subdue the resident, who was wielding both knife and scissors, and threatening harm to himself. In order to subdue the man and prevent him from harming himself or others, the officers used a Taser. I expect more from the Star Tribune.
MICHELLE LEJCHER, Apple Valley
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Ensure that state is covered in stadium deal
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