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Long arm of law is rather indiscriminate
“Legal extortion,” one sheriff classified it — the practice of posting arrest mug shots on the Web and forcing people to pay to have them removed, even if they had been later cleared of any crime. But our government engages in a similar legal extortion scheme. This September, my car was towed from a city street because its previous owner had unpaid parking tickets. After several days of scurrying back and forth between the impound lot and the Hennepin County Courthouse, my car finally was released to me, for a fee of $174 covering towing, storage (and tax!). I’ll never get my time back, although a refund would be nice. But since the city, county and state are all in this tidy little extortion loop, I don’t even know where to start.
LAWRENCE RUDNICK, Minneapolis
MIDTOWN GLOBAL MARKET
At least as worthy as a Vikings stadium
The money needed by the Midtown Global Market (“City may rescue Global Market,” Nov. 26) pales in comparison to the financial support given to the Minnesota Vikings, via the Minneapolis City Council. Although we don’t live in the metro area, we are there multiple times a year for work or pleasure. We have never been to a Vikings game or Twins game (and will probably never go to one), but we almost always stop at Global Market ... and we weren’t even aware of the free parking deal! I encourage the City Council to do what it can to help the market through its growing pains.
CYNTHIA JORSTAD, Thief River Falls, Minn.
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