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Student gets rich quick for an inconvenience
So Riley Stratton was “in tears” and “was embarrassed” about having to share her Facebook page with administrators in the Minnewaska Area Schools when they made her give them her password (“Facebook suit costs district $70,000,” March 26). This could have been a great teaching moment — for Ms. Riley, for the other students in the school, and for the teachers and administrators — but instead it turned into a fiasco that is beyond words. Really? Something like this is worth a $70,000 settlement? Really!?
A sense of entitlement, it seems like to me. I nearly got killed in a car accident in 1995 (I had a green light and happened to be in the way when someone else ran a red light), spent two years recuperating from serious head and neck injuries, and walked with a cane for nearly two years. I ended up with an $18,000 settlement (of which my attorney took a third) and my medical bills paid.
Compared with Stratton’s settlement, it seems a little out of whack, don’t you think? Oh, yeah — the driver who ran the red light got a $72 ticket for failing to yield.
Mike Udermann, Rosemount
Who suffers the strain? Always the passengers
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan offers solutions to security delays like spreading flights, increasing staff, reconfiguring checkpoints or all three to justify the decision of adding half an hour to the recommended airport arrival cushion for departing travelers (“Hurry up, then wait,” March 27).
Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Lorie Dankers rightfully defends her turf by citing increased staff efficiency.
What about the cumulative loss of productivity worth many thousands of hours each day by travelers?
My family and I travel from MSP numerous times every year and have hardly ever found TSA staff helpful, efficient, polite and courteous. There are many of them just standing around who, if they worked in the private sector, would be relieved of their duties without delay.
It is perhaps a good idea to enroll in TSA’s PreCheck program at an added cost, but that is no substitute for the increased efficiency and accountability of TSA and airline staff. For many travelers, particularly those from economically disadvantaged families, the hefty taxes for TSA-provided security on every ticket and the baggage fee imposed by most airlines already have become burdensome. It is incumbent on airport officials, airlines and the TSA to further review work ethics and make the security lines move faster.
Vijendra Agarwal, Inver Grove Heights
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