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The result of this trial will achieve one thing only. Fewer offended female soldiers will come forward. They see the handwriting on the wall.
People will say that, well, Sinclair’s career is over — and it should be. Our military does not need scum like him.
Gary Riesenberg, Minneapolis
Henson does the dirty work, takes the fall
For all of us who read about excessive CEO pay packages, we should consider the case of Michael Henson (“Divisive orchestra CEO to step aside,” March 21). I am guessing that the Minnesota Orchestra’s board of directors tasked Henson with both fundraising and “bringing musicians’ pay into line.” The orchestra raised $160 million and got a 15 percent payroll concession from the musicians, but when the board needed a fall guy, he was it. That is the risk you take when you are the CEO, and that’s why you’d better negotiate for all you can get.
Jack Kohler, Plymouth
The speculative nature is part of the problem
I live directly across from a residential teardown and rebuild on the border of Edina and southwest Minneapolis. The location is one block from public transportation, and the homes in the neighborhood, while not cheap by any means, have traditionally served as starter homes, in a good school district.
According to Zillow.com, the house across from us sold for about $270,000 last fall, very similar to the prices received for the four (yes, four) other houses that have sold on our block. All seem to have been purchased initially by either a builder or some other commercial entity. If the house across the street follows the trend, it will be priced between $400,000 and $600,000 after construction is complete. When it finally sells (they seem to sit empty for a while) it likely will be for much less than most folks think, but it will certainly be out of the range of the families the area originally served.
From what I can see, the only people truly benefiting are the Realtors, speculators and builders. I’m all for improving the neighborhood. If we could limit teardowns to situations in which the purchaser was the bona fide occupant of the property, I think we could go a long way to solving our teardown problems.
Tom Kauf, Edina
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