Readers Write: (Jan. 11): Southwest LRT, military might, adoption, campus safety

  • Updated: January 10, 2014 - 6:36 PM

Don’t let the opportunity of light rail be transferred elsewhere.

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MILITARY MIGHT

Others don’t see U.S. intentions as benign

Several letters have responded to the Jan. 7 Letter of the Day (“A militarized United States has made the world a better place”). Before we all get too carried away with our own self-importance, we should take note that this year, as in years past, a survey conducted across 68 countries by the Worldwide Independent Network of Market Research and Gallup International found that a large majority of people see the United States as the most significant threat to peace on the planet. The U.S. received that designation from 24 percent of respondents; Pakistan, from 8 percent, and China, from 6 percent. Even Iran and North Korea placed behind the United States, with just 4 percent seeing them as a significant threat.

When discussing issues of war and peace, it is always helpful to look beyond our own borders to see what our militarized country actually looks like to those our policy of militarization is auspiciously designed to protect. People beyond our borders have a firsthand view of the effects of what a policy of militarization means.

BRYAN HAUGEN, Mayer

 

SOUTHWEST LRT

A back-burner solution would hurt the corridor

I’m really frustrated with comments from my neighbors in St. Louis Park regarding light rail — primarily “move on to the Bottineau line” and “let SLP rest.”

I’ll be the first to say that maybe I was a bit naive to believe that the Metropolitan Council and our local and state officials would be able to come to an agreement on an alignment that would be best for the commuters and communities in the Southwest Corridor. I really believed that this would happen.

Now, I’m not so sure.

I make no claim to know the right solution. I expect my elected officials and the experts to use the vast knowledge and tools available to make the best and most equitable decision.

I’m a bus commuter. I ride the bus daily from St. Louis Park to St. Paul. My commute has been at best 45 minutes, and at worst — during some of the coldest weather — three-plus hours. Bus service from St. Louis Park is infrequent and unreliable. Southwest LRT would provide a reliable commute, run more frequently and provide much more comfort.

Property values in St. Louis Park have remained high for single-family homes. The same cannot be said for the condo market. An LRT station within walking distance from many condos in SLP could change that market.

I understand the concerns, but there has to be a way to get this done — to not leave St. Louis Park, and the other communities on the line, behind.

SARA MAASKE, St. Louis Park

 

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