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Continued: Readers Write: (Jan. 22): Auto theft, Dinkytown project, state lottery, Seahawk's outburst, women's sports coverage

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I guess it is. And I won’t eat it up.

Steve Watson, Minneapolis

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I admit that my initial reaction after watching the live Sherman interview was one of shock and disappointment. What I heard was opposite from the content of previous online articles written by Mr. Sherman.

It is an understatement to say that opinions on that interview cover the spectrum. Imagine for a moment that when the microphone was put in front of Richard Sherman, he spoke the exact words as Tim Tebow did during one of his interviews. There would still be opinions of outrage or acceptance, but curiously, the sides would be flipped.

I suggest that we examine our individual reactions to the matter and take some lessons from it. First, always think about what you say and what you write. Second, disagreement never has, nor ever will, equal hate.

I may not agree with Sherman’s using that moment as he did, but I choose to learn from it and move on.

Don Mussell, Eden Prairie

GENDER EQUITY

Which first: Interest or media coverage?

It’s a chicken-and-egg conundrum: Women’s sports get relatively little coverage because they don’t generate much interest from the masses; there’s relatively little interest in women’s sports because there’s little coverage.

The University of Minnesota, host of the Jan. 17 Hockey City Classic, billed the event as an outdoor “doubleheader” featuring both the Gophers men’s and women’s hockey teams. The Star Tribune’s prominent sports section coverage the next day was all about the men, with a shorter article on Page C7 about the women’s game, which drew a much smaller crowd.

The Pioneer Press treated the Classic as a whole, stating prominently on its front page: “Minnesota’s No. 1-ranked men’s and women’s hockey teams took the ice Friday for the 2014 Hockey City Classic …  .” The headline and subhead in the sports section were: “Cold sweep for U” and “Gophers roll double zeros” (both games were shutouts).

Certainly, there are different lenses to look through to determine newsworthiness. In this instance, I find the Pioneer Press’ lens more appropriate and more appealing, resulting in a responsible approach to the chicken-and-egg conundrum.

Rich Cowles, Eagan

CORRECTION

A Jan. 18 letter stated that early childhood facilities were not included in Gov. Mark Dayton’s bonding proposal. The governor’s recommendation is for $3 million in that category.

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