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Continued: Readers Write: (Nov. 16): Minnesota Orchestra, Holy Angels land, Affordable Care Act

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Please give it a (silent) rest.

JEFF BECKER, Bloomington



Multiuse buildings should be in the mix

If transportation costs are rising to meet housing costs, it might help to lower those costs (“Holy Angels’ land sale plan stirs uproar,” Nov. 14). If someone wants to build retail buildings on the Holy Angels site, maybe Richfield could require them to make buildings of two or three stories with retail on the ground floor and apartments above, like we used to see in many places. When we separate and spread out commercial and residential property, we deprive people of the opportunity to make choices to reduce their housing and transportation costs. On top of that, when we subsidize automobile use, starve public transportation and make it unsafe to ride bicycles, we force people to transport themselves by the most expensive means: a personal car.

Steven White, Minneapolis



President is exceeding constitutional authority

Is Barack Obama our president or our king? He signed the Affordable Care Act and then, by presidential edict, exempted some unions and big businesses from it for a period of time. Now he proclaims that the rest of us should have a year of grace from it. Does he know that Congress enacts laws and he just chooses whether to sign them? Congress needs to speak up about this power grab


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Ever notice that presidential second terms go badly? Isn’t it time we consider amending the Constitution to limit presidential terms to one six-year period? That’s enough time to try to accomplish one or two initiatives and be forced to live with the result. While we’re at it, shouldn’t we be limiting House and Senate terms also?

GARY HAYS, Bloomington



A Nov. 15 letter asserted that moose-hunting permits continue to be issued in Minnesota. The state Department of Natural Resources has said that it will not allow further moose hunting unless the population of the species recovers.

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