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Continued: Readers Write: (Jan. 12): Health care 'invincibles,' suburbs vs. city, First World problems

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Maybe it’s just part of a natural cycle

People are always moving and looking for change. Young families are seeking an adjustment to the classic suburban life (“In reversal, families leaving the suburbs,” Jan. 5). The classic idea of “I’m not going to raise my children like I was raised!” will always be expressed. Different reasons can be offered for moving away from the suburbs, such as being able to walk to stores or easily go out for a fun night in downtown, but the underlying reason will always be the need for variation.

Thirty years from now, the story will be about how more young people are moving to suburbs as the urban core ages, simply because the next generation will want a change from their childhood. Suburbs should not try to make changes to bring young families back in, but should adjust to the current, older population. Golden Valley and Edina, for instance, have taken great initiative to accommodate this shift.




Humans limit progress. This isn’t a bad thing.

As I think about it, I hope that UPS does not decide to beef up delivery service for next year’s holiday season (“Griping about your First World problems? Go on …,” Jan. 5.) I hope, instead, that there is a deliberate education of the consumer under some theme such as “enough is enough.”

Every system has a human element. Hearing aids can only get so small or we can’t replace their batteries — the human element is the hand. Smartphones can only ask us to type on a keyboard so small — the human element is the eye and the fingertip. And on it goes. Even First World consumers eventually must learn to live within a human limitation. What? Not enough people want to work seasonally and rush around in below-zero temps at every hour of the day to deliver packages? What? UPS workers need to sleep? We must, in every possible system, learn to live within natural limits.

So Happy New Year, everyone. I hope we’ve learned something about the turn that must happen in our ever-demanding culture of want vs. need.


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