Politicians are gambling with taxpayers’ money
Thirty months before the projected opening of the football stadium, scare tactics are once again being used to stampede us to a decision. The absurdity of telling us we face a one-month delay so far ahead of completion speaks to the intentional, desperate effort to frighten the public rather than proceed with facts and competent analysis. The Wilfs are going to pay “their share” with money gleaned from us through licensing fees, naming rights and myriad other sources packed into the contract. The politicians are doing the same now that electronic gambling has proved a failure.
RICHARD BREITMAN, Minneapolis
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Let’s see, the electronic pulltabs aren’t going to cover the portion intended. The Wilfs may not be able to pay the portion they intended. And those of us who’ve had this whole project crammed down our throats by enthusiasts with no financial acumen are justified in wondering why it got this far without a referendum. People whom I otherwise respected let us down on this one. This means you, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Gov. Mark Dayton. You don’t need to wait for a New Jersey judge. Put this project on hold now.
JAMES WALLACE, Eden Prairie
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Does it have to be the ‘dead animal’ section?
I’d been enjoying the Outdoors section, even clipping a few articles. Then boom, there’s a disgusting article about luring mourning doves to be slaughtered (“Scout now for a successful mourning dove opener,” Aug. 23). These are small, sweet-tempered family birds with a slow reproduction rate. I’m now forever done with the Outdoors section, because too often it features somebody holding a dead animal and grinning.
SUSAN KENNEDY, Minneapolis
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Suburban cops drive better than city cops
I can’t say that I was surprised to hear about the unfortunate death of an elderly woman who was backed into by a St. Paul squad car (“Woman, 101, dies after squad car hits her,” Aug. 23). I moved to St. Paul last year and have yet to see a cop use a turn signal, give proper following distance or even follow the speed limit. I’ve even seen them blow stoplights when their sirens and lights weren’t on and there was no obvious need to rush. Maybe I wasn’t paying attention, but I never saw an Eden Prairie cop do such things. Maybe the suburban police need to train St. Paul cops how to drive.
JEFF WHITE, St. Paul
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