When viewing the photo referenced in a March 1 letter, I too noted the Confederate flag, which was but one of several mounted on the walls of the Reilly family’s basement. Whether by chance or by design, most of the flag was shielded by one of the young men in the picture; most people would not notice or recognize it. I knew that negative reaction would be forthcoming from readers without much to do.
It is a pity that the only association many folks in the North can link to that flag is racism and slavery. I would remind them that only a small percentage of Southerners were slave owners. Remember where the battles were fought. The Confederate flag to the majority of Southerners is a symbol of their heritage and the tens of thousands who fell in defense of their families, home and land. I do not know the family associated with the article, but I would first assume that they have cherished ties to the South in their heritage, as do I.
Richard H. Cole, Crystal
Sometimes, growth is just a source of trouble
The Star Tribune Editorial Board’s enthusiasm for development at Lyndale and Franklin Avenues in Minneapolis (“Minneapolis signals no-growth mind-set,” March 3) sounds reasonable, but have members of the board ever driven that route? It is in gridlock a good portion of the day; I avoid it whenever possible (except for my weekly shopping at the Wedge). It is for that reason I was happy when plans for a Trader Joe’s in the area fell through a few years back. What will increased development do for an already bad situation?
George Muellner, Plymouth
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The surprisingly amateurish sarcastic tone of the editorial was ill-suited for a newspaper in a city competing with Denver and Seattle. Valuing “college-town nostalgia” is just as important as valuing “redevelopment potential.” The Star Tribune Editorial Board got its new stadium. The newspaper gets to sell its land and historic building for a zillion dollars. The Editorial Board goes on to support the feeding frenzy of big developers in Dinkytown. If slowing down, taking a breath and taking a moment to consider the “college-town nostalgic” value of a small parcel of land in Dinkytown is disastrous enough to destroy the dream of Minneapolis’ growth, then the dream is built on a pretty flimsy foundation.
Robert Borchert, Minneapolis
Look outside. It’s not about the taxes.
A March 3 letter writer attributes retirees’ leaving our state to estate taxes. Really?
Let’s have a more sensible perspective. Could our harsh climate be a factor?
A woman over 65 is twice as likely to die within a year if she suffers a hip fracture. What causes hip fractures? Falls. What causes many falls? Ice.
Shoveling snow is an activity that contributes to heart attacks in our elderly population.
Arthritis pain is exacerbated by cold.
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