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This fan no longer frets about coach’s health
I’m a Gophers football season-ticket holder, and I was at the game when Coach Jerry Kill had his “first” seizure three years ago. The crowd stat in stunned and worried silence.
I was again sitting in the crowd again on Sept. 14. When I asked about the paramedics on the sidelines, I learned the coach had had another seizure. This time, my reaction was different.
I knew that he was being taken care of, so I kept my attention on the band’s halftime performance. It appeared that the rest of the students and fans were doing the same. I’d say that the coach and the university have done an excellent job “educating” the public about epilepsy.
KATHY EIDEN, St. James, Minn.
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The solution in Plymouth is wrong
I can’t believe the solution to water pollution is to cut down trees (“Losing trees concerns Plymouth neighbors,” Sept. 18). The most obvious solution is to stop using fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. By now, most people should know what these chemicals do to our environment. Are green lawns so important that Plymouth will lose 800 to 1,000 trees?
BILL KERCHNER, Andover
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Tobacco is a problem; marijuana is not
Rich Stanek’s priorities are wrong. Some 1,300 smokers died today because of cigarettes. Some 225 alcohol drinkers died today because of the alcohol or alcohol-related accidents. It’s likely that no one died today because of marijuana use. Let’s get our priorities straight and quit spending more than $30,000 a year to lock up some marijuana offenders. The only two entities that benefit from outlawing marijuana are the drug dealers and the prison systems.
RICHARD BREITMAN, Minneapolis
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