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SETH ERLING, Minneapolis
Sorry — the other party doesn’t get to punt
State Senate Minority Leader David Hann says that “Obamacare in Minnesota is Governor Dayton and the Democrats’ responsibility” (“With deadline looming, MNsure still under fire,” Dec. 17). I think that MNsure, the state insurance program in support of the health care law, is our government’s responsibility, not that of one party. Our elected officials need to get to work — together — and stop pointing fingers, wasting time and wasting money.
CHRIS CHAMBERS, Shoreview
Build it. They’ll come, and they’ll spend money.
This past Sunday, a couple of hours before a Minnesota Vikings home game, I drove up Interstate 35W into downtown Minneapolis. I counted eight cars in my immediate vicinity with Iowa license plates. Each car was full of people with Vikings jerseys on and money in their pockets. Those who think the public money going toward the new football stadium is just for the benefit of the rich owners should think otherwise.
PATRICK HOWARD, Richfield
Passengers can handle cellphones
The Editorial Board of the Star Tribune has a short memory (“Ban in-flight cellphone calls,” Dec. 17). Telephone calls from airplanes have been a feature of air travel for decades. On many planes there have been telephone handsets at each seat. The limitation on their use was the expense. At $4 or so per minute, the service was used by few.
A cellphone call from a plane might be more widely used because it will be much cheaper. A cellphone call need not be more intrusive than a normal conversation with a seatmate. If someone is talking too loud for whatever reason, a calm request to lower the volume should handle the matter.
WILLIAM O. BEEMAN, Minneapolis
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