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An article focused on whether these scents are healthy for us to breathe would be appreciated. Additionally, an exposé on other products such as room fresheners, which are filled with chemicals that can be harmful, would be a great service to readers.
Joann Parker, Minneapolis
Don’t misinterpret shareholder intention
As a stockholder, I enjoy some income as a reward for the risk I assumed by investing. I am pleased to think my money helped expand the payroll, upgrade the facilities, and improve the product or service. But I am distressed when corporations sink a great deal of money into political campaigns. Typically, they contribute to both parties as insurance of access to policymakers. They want lower taxes and fewer regulations, and argue that such policies advance the interests of stockholders.
They have misinterpreted my interests. Neither employees nor investors are asked to decide whether or to whom such contributions are made. That is the job of the board of directors. Since the Supreme Court ruled that money is speech, no limits apply to the volume of that “speech.” My individual voice does not come close to matching the volume of these major players. Big money grossly distorts our political process, and it adds insult to injury when it happens in my name.
Janet Mitchell, Northfield
With parking fees, unfriendly to visitors
After just more than three hours at a downtown Minneapolis parking ramp (517 Marquette), I was charged $26. When I inquired, I was told there was no mistake. Apparently with the growing numbers of condos and apartments, supply and demand has pushed the fees much higher. I work downtown and have clients visiting regularly, and this sort of excessive fee will undoubtedly reduce the amount of visitors. Probably not the right direction, and obviously a need for more parking ramps.
Roger Norris, Eagan
Wait — which one did the real work?
I had to laugh at the item in “know+go” section of the March 9 Travel section: “National Zoo welcomes new cubs.” A mother lion worked seven hours to deliver four cubs, but the accompanying photo was of the father, along with a caption bragging that it was his fifth litter. The mother was probably too tired and busy to pose for pictures. It’s true what they say: “The hen lays the eggs, but it’s the rooster who does the crowing!”
Judie Mather, St. Louis Park
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