It’s too late for state assistance
The time has passed for effective government financial intervention to save the orchestra. Former Gov. Arne Carlson soundly argues the case (“Leaders explore state aid for orchestra,” Oct. 21), but unfortunately, Osmo Vänskä has resigned already. Without him, or another maestro of stature, the orchestra will not be world-class. Who would agree to take charge of such a dysfunctional organization? Sadly, it may be time to put the Minnesota Orchestra down.
Too bad that political leaders didn’t recognize the danger sooner. Unless we can find a conductor of proven power, there seems little sense in short-term state funding.
JOHN MAHONEY, Excelsior
A bike trail reroute isn’t quite so clear
I’m struck by how everyone seems to think that their favored alternative for the routing of the Southwest light-rail line is “the only logical” one (Short Takes, Oct. 20). I think most cyclists would accept a reroute that retains the essential characteristics of the Kenilworth Trail — relatively wide, direct, and separated from streets. The reroute identified by the project office is narrow and circuitous and has a dozen at-grade crossings.
The truth is that there are no good alternatives for this segment of the transit line. Instead of disparaging the importance of cycling by implying that one route is as good as another, we need to identify what we value most about each of the project components — the freight rail, the light rail, the neighborhood and the bike trail — and do an accounting of which alternative preserves the most of each at a reasonable cost.
ALEX BAUMAN, Minneapolis
Let’s make this really simple …
When it comes to the name of the Washington, D.C., football team, it is very simple: Would you walk up to a Native American on a street corner and say, “Hey, redskin, how’s it going?” No one in their right mind would ever say that. If it’s not OK on a street corner, it’s not OK on a football jersey.
IRVING KELLMAN, Plymouth
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