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Continued: Readers Write: (Sept. 2): Minneapolis police, college sports, sweltering schools, NFL lawsuits

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More ways to pay for air conditioning

We can’t afford air conditioning in Minneapolis schools so that our struggling students can adhere to the barely adequate school schedule we’ve laid out for them, but we can afford $1.5 billion or more so that people living along the proposed Southwest light-rail line can have another form of transportation in addition to cars, carpools, buses, taxis and bicycles. Oh, to be free of the burden of common sense!


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Minneapolis schools closed for part of last week because a lack of air conditioning made for dangerous conditions in which students couldn’t learn. Meanwhile, the public is about to pay for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium. The team already has an air-conditioned, profitable place to play. A project to retrofit all our schools for A/C and energy efficiency or building a stadium both would create jobs. Let’s pause and think about wants vs. needs.

Kevin Whelan, Minneapolis

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That bruising contact must have been a shock

Now that NFL retirees have won a $765 million settlement for concussions, etc., maybe we can concentrate on getting a settlement for mountain climbers who’ve suffered injuries, or sky divers, or skateboarders.

NFL players are and were compensated well for knowing that they were in a contact sport where injuries occur. If the players would have taken some of that pay and bought medical/injury insurance like the rest of us, they could have seen how people live in the real world.

We need to get realistic about lawsuits. If you decide to risk injury in a job or sport, then take the risk. Don’t coming crying about it later.

CRAIG ANDERSON, Brainerd, Minn.

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