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Continued: Readers Write (Oct. 6): Growing Minneapolis, 2013 campaign, climate change, Minnesota Orchestra

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The Sept. 29 article “Incumbents on ropes …” was really incomplete. It mentioned immigrant community organizing and youthful challengers as posing a problem for city government incumbents in Minneapolis. But not one word on the big public resentment about giving a billion dollars of public money to a New Jersey billionaire for his crystal palace. Considering the money the Star Tribune will get for its related land sale, perhaps this is not a surprising omission.

Consider the facts: Of the seven council members who betrayed us, several will be looking for new jobs. Sandra Colvin-Roy is pulling out after being denied a DFL endorsement. Meg Tuthill and Diane Hofstede actually lost their endorsements to others. Even the mayor is headed for greener pastures. Let’s get real here. These council members and this mayor did not do their due diligence on the costs vs. benefits of this massive project, and their poor decisionmaking will hamper our city for a generation. The public is responding by finding better representation.

CHARLEY UNDERWOOD, Minneapolis

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I found your choice of photos for the story amusing — three dour incumbents and three smiling challengers. If I were a Minneapolis voter (which I’m not), I wonder whom would I vote for — grumpy or happy.

I suppose these choices supported the article theme, but it didn’t feel like balanced journalism.

R. HOYT, Kenmore, Wash.

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CLIMATE CHANGE

The coverage it gets can hardly be enough

Thanks for breaking the press conspiracy of silence with Bonnie Blodgett’s Sept. 29 commentary (“Blithely we stride toward planet’s doom”). Indeed, humanity faces a crisis like none before — not economic, not political, but spiritual.

On the same day, Paul Douglas’ weather column reported that the second cargo ship to make it through the Northwest Passage now opened by retreating ice had passed north of Canada. Its freight? Fifteen thousand tons of coal. No comment was needed.

RHODA GILMAN, St. Paul

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MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA

Events demand an elegy for days gone by

Osmo Vänskä, the finest musical director of the Minnesota Orchestra in my lifetime, resigned last week. The members of the orchestra and the board of directors would not come to a negotiated settlement after a year of bickering. Egos abound in every direction. No one wins. Everyone loses. The music died.

I know that life goes on. The autumn leaves will turn their majestic hues. Autumn will transition into winter. The cycle of nature and of life will continue. Yet this day, something has been lost. Like an old friend moving away, like the last page of a great novel, something of exquisite value is gone.

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