Readers Write: (Oct. 5): Ranked-choice voting, sex offenders, moose mortality, traffic flow, D.C. chase, federal shutdown

  • Updated: October 4, 2013 - 7:31 PM

With 35 candidates for mayor in Minneapolis, with voters allowed to rank just three, how can it be easy?

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RANKED-CHOICE VOTING

Easy? Not with 35 candidates, it’s not

A Sept. 30 letter writer tells us that ranked-choice voting “couldn’t be easier.”

With 35 candidates for mayor in Minneapolis, with voters allowed to rank just three, how many of the ballots will go into the “exhausted” pile? Is that what the letter writer means by “easy”?

And, because of a huge number of “exhausted” ballots, will the winner be selected by, say, only 40 percent of the people who voted for mayor? Will the supporters of RCV then be saying, “Well, we never promised that the winner would have an absolute majority to give him or her a mandate?”

The election will prove that voting for real, live candidates is a whole lot more complicated than merely selecting fruit juice at a group breakfast.

STEVE CROSS, Minneapolis

 

SEX OFFENDERS

Complexity here, too, as 2004 movie shows

“The Woodsman,” with Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, is a 2004 film dealing with child molestation. While not easy to watch, it’s very insightful and thought-provoking. It may not change minds (“Public meeting reveals an unhelpful belief,” Readers Write, Oct. 4) but it will show the viewer that sexual predators are indeed human, as opposed to the opinion of the mental-health worker quoted in an earlier article about resistance to a supervised-living facility for sex offenders in Cambridge.

SUE KEARNS, Minneapolis

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I would like to see those espousing sex offenders as being “human” leave their children or elderly parents alone in a room with a sex offender for a few hours. Sex offenders are “psycho-sociopaths,” most of whom are untreatable by most standards. The mental-health worker who stated they are “not human” was correct. They are evil by any moral, religious or nonreligious definition. Just ask the victims. I’m tired of the psychiatric community trying to put them on a level with the rest of humanity.

MICHELLE PETERSON, Plymouth

 

MOOSE MORTALITY

Research should not endanger calves

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