Readers Write: (Jan. 20): Transparency for taxpayers, support for orchestra, tanning beds and image, movie quality

  • Updated: January 17, 2014 - 7:11 PM

Stadium is another example of public money being committed surreptitiously.

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TRANSPARENCY

It would have been good for stadium, too

I agree with the Star Tribune’s Jan. 17 editorial that loopholes in Minnesota’s Data Practices Act shouldn’t keep taxpayers from knowing why public employees are still paid when they’re no longer working. The act is intended to promote, not to prevent, transparency.

But why didn’t the Editorial Board apply the same logic on the Vikings stadium? Why didn’t it complain when the Legislature trumped a Minneapolis charter provision demanding a referendum for any sports facility costing more than $10 million? Sure, there are angels-on-the-head-of-a-pin technical differences between the two situations, but the basic principle is the same: A law created expressly for the purpose of giving the people a say about the uses of public money has been elbowed out of the way expressly for the purpose of denying the people their say.

STEVEN SCHILD, Winona, Minn.

MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA

Community support must be earned again

It’s gratifying that the Minnesota Orchestra’s management and musicians finally reached a contract settlement, but both sides have a long way to go to win back the support and trust of concertgoers. Management and musicians are equally responsible for the debacle that nearly destroyed this beloved organization.

Sadly, the prolonged intransigence came at too great a cost: the loss of the orchestra’s irreplaceable music director, Osmo Vänskä. The musicians are nothing without a great conductor. I pray that management will beg Vänskä to return and that he will be willing to do so (“Vänskä: ‘They have to ask me’ back,” Jan. 16). That’s the surefire way to return the Minnesota Orchestra to its former glory and to lure music lovers back to Orchestra Hall.

BARBARA SILBERG, St. Louis Park

TANNING BEDS

Teens motivated by image-driven society

Regarding the Jan. 15 article “Teen girls risk cancer for a tan,” in which the first sentence mentions “the quest to look ‘better, cuter, hotter,’ here’s my thought, especially as the father of a 7-year-old daughter. Both sexes are inundated with sexually driven media these days. Television is bad enough; however, parents can govern what their children watch. But how about the filth our kids are exposed to in the checkout lane at the local grocery and retail stores? I have talked with our local grocer about either covering up magazines such as Cosmopolitan, which offers salacious advice such as “101 sex tricks to drive your man wild in bed,” or putting them behind the service counter. Covers such as this may sell magazines, but young girls see them and think “this is how I have to behave.” Boys see them and think “this is how a girl has to behave.”

Now, which retailer is going to step up to the plate and practice a little morality discipline, or is it all about the mighty dollar?

RICHARD O’BRIEN, Albertville, Minn.

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