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Continued: Readers Write: (Nov. 2): Minneapolis 11th, 12th and 13th Ward endorsements; business experience in politics

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LISA NILLES, Minneapolis



Steele would be close to the neighborhoods

We need a fresh voice on the Minneapolis City Council from the 11th Ward. The candidate endorsed by the Editorial Board, incumbent John Quincy, voted in favor of the Vikings stadium, putting an out-of-state developer’s interests ahead of those he represents, and seems to avoid talking to his constituents.

Conversely, Matt Steele has been very open about his positions on a multitude of issues and has a forward-thinking viewpoint that can take us further as a city. He won’t be beholden to special interests.

Matt is a strong thought leader in the tactical urbanism movement, which promotes small-scale investment in our neighborhoods. I have intently followed this movement in a variety of online forums, and believe it is the right way forward for Minneapolis. Matt is also very knowledgeable about issues affecting the ward, such as airport noise.

Bill Kinney, Minneapolis



Business experience lacking, and it shows

Regarding federal Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius et al.: Should we appoint nonbusinesspeople to executive positions where such skill and experience helps? Just 8 percent of President Obama’s Cabinet has worked in business. We end up with people willing to take an arrow to protect their boss, but wouldn’t we rather have competence?


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