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Continued: Readers Write: (April 2): Super Bowl bid, campaign finance, overpopulation, Southwest LRT, bike trails

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One hopes that businesses that want to opt out of supplying birth-control options for women will also want to opt out of supplying erectile dysfunction options for men.

Joyce Gross, St. Louis Park



Those who need it most aren’t out on the town

I’d like to get people thinking about who might really benefit from the Southwest light-rail line. Several readers have commented in these pages about a need for a train to move “young professionals” between Uptown and downtown for plays, movies, nightclubs, bars, restaurants and sporting events. The intent of the line is not as an “entertainment train,” so that those who can afford a night life do not have to pay for parking, take a taxi or bus, or walk. The planned route for the train will move people to higher-paying jobs in light industry or the service sector in the suburbs.

The people benefiting from the train moving through downtown and north Minneapolis, many without other transportation options, are not those who contact the governor to complain about trains running behind their houses. Rather, these people — some with more than one job — are thrilled to be able to catch a train, close to their residence, that will take them to a living-wage job.

Leah Stich, Minneapolis



Build it, they’ll come — year-round, if it’s clear

Someone once wrote “if you build it, they will come,” and with bike lanes and trails it is apparent that Twin Citians are embracing the bike life. In that spirit, I embarked on year-round bike commuting from south Minneapolis to my job in northeast Minneapolis this past year. It’s 6 miles each way, with bike lanes available most of the way. The city has made an effort to include biking in the commuting mix, and the bike lanes are helpful.

With that said, I can’t recommend year-round biking. Why? The bike lanes, and the safety cushion they provide, disappear when it snows.

Does it have to be this way? Clearly, no. Just look at how city, county and state leaders can move mountains to give billionaire owners publicly financed stadiums but seem unable to provide basic services like snow removal consistently and uniformly. It’s too bad, because with just a little effort, this really could be a year-round bikable community.

Jay Armstrong, Minneapolis

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