Readers Write: (Jan. 17): Bonding proposals, 'bottle bill,' teachers contract, minimum wage, Seven Corners Hardware

  • Updated: January 16, 2014 - 6:51 PM

In whose service will the state be borrowing its money?

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BONDING PROPOSALS

Hey, look where all the money’s going!

With all due respect to our lawmakers, the costs listed in the paper show that they prefer taking care of themselves over the safety of the people who elected them (“Dayton’s $1B wish list,” Jan. 16). For the State Capitol: $126.3 million to complete restoration. Another project (“Senate offices plan advances,” Jan. 16) adds $90 million. Total for lawmakers: $216.3 million. Total for safe roads and bridges: $79 million.

MARY LOU MONIGHAN, Plymouth

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I have watched with confusion again even now with huge expenditures sought by Gov. Mark Dayton. Where is a commitment to the arts? Culture may have a different priority from unquestionably popular sports venues and teams, but it is also the lifeblood of a premier metropolis.

PETER J. DORSEN, Eden Prairie

 

‘BOTTLE BILL’

Won’t work; instead, make recycling easier

We Minnesotans need only remember our annual trips to the emission testing stations to realize that even the best of intentions can sometimes lead us down the wrong path.

Having lived in a state where bottle deposits were enacted, as is being discussed here, I can say from experience that they serve only to burden the consumer with additional expense and inconvenience, while the actual impact on recycling is minimal (“Bottles pile up in trash,” Jan. 14).

Our state government’s time and energy would be much better spent seeking ways to expand existing programs, such as providing incentives to expand the single-sort containers already in use by many of the area’s collection companies.

The carrot has proved time and again to be the best means of creating an incentive for change, while the stick provides only a knee-jerk reaction that will soon fade away.

Making recycling more convenient will prove to be the best solution in the long run.

JOE KROGMAN, Eagan

 

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