Readers Write: (Oct. 30): 2013 election, ranked-choice voting, kids' online habits, Penn State scandal, epilepsy

  • Updated: October 29, 2013 - 5:57 PM

Minneapolis City Council Member Diane Hofstede defends her record.


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Wrong endorsement in Minneapolis Third

The Star Tribune’s editorial endorsement for the Third Ward City Council seat (Oct. 28) neglected to review the facts of my City Council accomplishments. I fought and voted for streetcars. I am responsible for 2,200 new housing units in the Third Ward, including the Pillsbury A-Mill affordable housing for artists. I am a major force for more than 14,000 new job opportunities in the ward. I have championed riverfront revival, adding parks, bridges and miles of new biking paths. Violent crime is down 80 percent in my ward since I took office. Largely due to my efforts, the Third Ward is one of the most vital and thriving in the city.


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The Star Tribune Editorial Board praised Hofstede’s “leadership” but endorsed Jacob Frey in the Third Ward, calling Hofstede “inconsistent” on residential development.

The endorsement describes Frey as a “clear advocate for increasing housing density.” But a Star Tribune blog post headlined “Frey hedges on controversial Dinkytown project” (July 31) reported that Frey wouldn’t take a stance on the project.

Diane Hofstede is no newcomer bearing abstractions. She is, literally, an experienced bridge-builder: Her behind-the-scenes coalition-building made the new Plymouth Avenue bridge a top state priority and added dedicated lanes for bikers and pedestrians. She has earned re-election to the City Council.

Lisa HONDROS, Minneapolis



You have ordered from a menu, haven’t you?

If I were to go into a restaurant and say, “I wish to order the prime rib. However, if you are out of that, I will have the salmon instead,” I doubt the waiter would be confused. I would not expect kitchen staff to come running to the table screaming, “What in heavens do you mean?”

Why, then, do people insist on raising such a fuss about ranked-choice voting, declaring it difficult to understand, overly complex and potentially disenfranchising to large groups of voters? It is not. However, what I do see is the chance for all Minneapolis residents to describe more accurately exactly whom they would like to run our city.


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The Oct. 28 article “2nd choices may alter Mpls. race” was a little ambiguous, but what I learned from it was how to get my candidate elected. If I clearly wanted only one of the many candidates for mayor to win, then I would give that person my first-place vote, and my second and third votes would go to the weakest candidates, lessoning the risk of giving votes to a competitor. I then would e-mail all of my similarly minded friends to do the same thing and, of course, would ask them to send this message to their friends. Thus, single-handedly, I have thrown thousands of votes to one person and kept second- and third-place votes from other strong candidates. The flip side of this system is to use it as intended when I can’t decide between three good candidates.


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