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Cuba’s role deserves no special recognition
Bah, humbug (“Cuba conspicuously absent in coverage of Mandela,” Dec. 10). Fidel Castro sent troops to Angola and identified AIDS as a threat to the African continent. He needed the propaganda. He also created in Cuba a different kind of apartheid that is not only of race but of values, beliefs and freedom. He submerged Cubans into a sea of despair and fear. He condemned the people to accept the norm of “resolver,” which means to do whatever — including stealing (mostly from the government) — to make ends meet. His regimen condemned an island that was prosperous and diverse and had one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean, indeed in South America, to one that is devastated by poverty, a dearth of freedom and the most basic human necessities.
Let him be absent!
R.I. REINA, Eden Prairie
STAR TRIBUNE’S MOVE
Spare at least part of existing building
The Minneapolis City Council should consider saving at least a portion of the Star Tribune building (“Mpls. committee rules in favor of Star Tribune building’s demolition,” Dec. 10). The inverted limestone horseshoe around the four columns of windows and the building’s entrance — which sits at the south side of the proposed park area — would save the six featured medallions and would be a limited example of 1940s architecture in the city. This five-story portion, about 120 feet wide to the corner and 80 feet deep inside, could preserve the Art Deco lobby and elevators. It could include a rooftop observation deck from which to view the new stadium to the east and the two-block park and downtown buildings to the west. The position of this limited portion of the building would not interfere with the view of or from the stadium.
TEDD JOHNSON, Minneapolis
For Vikings? OK. But not for citizens in need?
I find nothing wrong with the police escorting the Vikings to the airport (“For $300, cops provide Vikings safe passage to away games,” Dec. 9). They aren’t doing it for free, and I’m sure they could use the money. And I was glad to learn from the story that police are there to escort huge transport vehicles and help with downed power lines. That would go under the heading of public safety.
Then I got to the paragraph stating that the State Patrol does not, in general, escort a private vehicle rushing an injured person to the hospital. What could be more dangerous to the public than a frantic driver trying to get through city streets and traffic signals? I don’t call that escorting a private vehicle, I call it helping a citizen during an emergency.
Sometimes I just have to shake my head.
GINGER COLLYARD, Brooklyn Center
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