Readers Write: (Jan. 6): Land use, cold weather, college sports, obesity, budgets, marijuana

  • Updated: January 5, 2014 - 6:00 PM

The tale of two suburbs in terms of development vs. open space.

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LAND USE

One suburb gets it, and one does not

What a striking contrast in municipal vision and values in the Dec. 25 metro section (“In Orono, golf course in play” and “Maplewood adds bluff as green space”). According to the reports, Maplewood has been planning for decades to add “70 acres of prime bluffland along the Mississippi River” to its green space.

Well-played, Maplewood!

Meanwhile, Orono shanked its chance to effectively plan for the transition of the Lakeview Golf Course’s 143 acres, so now that land is being sold to a developer, over howls from the citizens. A triple-bogey for Orono!

Even though I don’t live in Orono or Maplewood, we all are vested in these decisions. They affect the quality of life in the entire metro area. Like the sign in a photo accompanying the Orono article says: “Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.”

STEPHANIE SKJERVOLD, Shorewood

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I have to object to the assertion at the end of the Orono article that the Red Oaks development in Minnetrista “has not generated opposition.” Had the reporter attended an angry, standing-room-only neighborhood meeting with the developer at the clubhouse earlier this fall, he’d understand how contentious all this is. Not because homes are to be built, but because of how poorly planned the development is, with no thought to green space or the idyllic nature of what draws people to this community. I live just a stone’s throw from Orono, and I hope developers keep their promise that their project will be something the city can be proud of.

SARA PAULSON, Minnetrista

THE WEATHER

You can use this to your advantage

The weather — we’re all talking about it. Here is some useful fodder to add to your conversations:

Really cold weather will kill dust mites (and their eggs) that have been living in your comforters and on your kid’s stuffed animals, your pet’s bed and any other hard-to-wash items.

Put all your hard-to-wash items in large, heavy-duty garbage bags, or oversized Ziploc bags. Place outside for 48 hours. The freezing temps will kill dust mites and their eggs (and lice, too, if you are experiencing that rite of childhood).

That’s it. Forty-eight hours later, your stuffed animals and comforters will be dust-mite free. Aren’t we lucky?

DANETTE FETTIG HALLORAN, Bloomington

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