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Continued: Readers write (Sept. 21): Pope Francis, Congress, teachers, cancer care, Nicollet Mall, probabation officers, obesity

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CANCER CARE

Too much money is wasted on advertising

I find it very disturbing to see advertisements on television about various clinics for cancer care.

I have lost several friends to cancer, and I am only 56 years old. I can’t help wondering how many dollars paid for care are going to fund advertising. Every patient with cancer has a different history, a different doctor, a different location, different insurance.

All of these factors are what truly contribute to survival. So let’s not have all those valuable monies for treatment being channeled into advertising, as if to say that if you visit “our clinic” you’ll have a better chance of survival.

CYNTHIA MORTENSEN, Minneapolis

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NICOLLET MALL

Keep its character; city changes too much

Maybe the greatest crime of the renovation of Nicollet Mall isn’t who has been sought to change the face of our city, but rather that anyone has been sought at all. The mall isn’t unappealing, but just a place in a little disrepair.

Does the face of Nicollet Mall need to be changed, or do we just need the sidewalks and street repaved and the lampposts made functional? Minneapolis has always been an evolving city, but residents need to take a look around and see that the character of the city has suffered because of constant change.

Very little of Minneapolis’s history is preserved on the streets today. The project’s website says its goal is to transform Nicollet Mall in the name of modernization, and the City Council has approved a plan to secure funds for a streetcar.

Streetcars are a great idea, but let’s not forget there used to be a fantastic trolley system that ran from downtown all the way out to Lake Minnetonka until it was dismantled in the 1950s to be replaced by buses.

We must ask whether the renovation at hand will cause an invaluable piece of the city’s character to be lost.

ANDREW THEISEN, Minneapolis

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BULLET-PROOF VESTS

Don’t force them on probation officers

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