Readers Write: (Nov. 5): Southwest LRT, 'Captain Phillips,' food assistance, Affordable Care Act, Minnesota Orchestra

  • Updated: November 4, 2013 - 5:31 PM

Bus rapid transit might lure riders who find the usual bus experience off-putting.

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SOUTHWEST LRT

Would bus rapid transit work in this corridor?

The Nov. 4 article “Southwest foes flex political muscle” described well a current money-.vs.-need argument, if in fact there is a need for a light-rail connection between downtown Minneapolis and Eden Prairie. The candid reporting connected donors and desires, describing how influence is peddled.

Since it is true that people who would ride light rail frequently will not ride the bus, perhaps an experiment with spacious, comfortable rapid-transit buses should be conducted. I understand why cramming 50 passengers in a conventional bus is unappealing to commuters, but if the buses were as spacious and comfortable as light-rail cars, with features like off-board fare collection and platform-level boarding, bus rapid transit might succeed.

BRUCE A. LUNDEEN, Minneapolis

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The debate over the Southwest light-rail routing is reminiscent of the arguments over routing the interstate through the city back in the 1960s. In that day, however, the affected residents didn’t have the clout (read: money) to prevent carving freeway canyons through the heart of their neighborhoods.

HARALD ERIKSEN, Brooklyn Park

 

‘CAPTAIN PHILLIPS’

For these readers, the humanity was present

The author of the Nov. 2 Letter of the Day (“ ‘Captain Phillips’ didn’t give Somalis the nuance deserved”) is correct that not all Somali people are hostile and violent, but do not condemn the production of a film that shows accurate depictions of violence by Somalis. After all, it seems to me that the great influx of Somalis to America occurred because they fled a country where unprovoked violence and killing were perpetrated on citizens of Somalia by violent men.

JO BRINDA, Crystal

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Since I am an older white male born in the United States, it is hard to argue with the letter writer’s perspective as a young Somali person. However, as someone whose only knowledge of the Somali community is via the news media, I have to say that the movie “Captain Phillips” gave me my first glance of the Somali people as real human beings. I found myself empathizing with the Somali characters, beginning to understand their plight and cheering them on, even though I knew the tragic ending.

ED JANES, Eden Prairie

 

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