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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2013 ELECTION

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.

DIANE HOFSTEDE, Minneapolis

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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

 

RANKED-CHOICE VOTING

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.

G. MICHAEL SCHNEIDER, Minneapolis

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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.

HERB SCHOENING, Minneapolis

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