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I found it disturbing that a member of the city’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee was unaware of the crash statistics cited by the Star Tribune. Scott Engel, quoted panel member, observes that intersection-construction options such as bumped-out curbs (no description included) would have been addressed decades ago had the intersection been located in a Linden Hills-type neighborhood.
Why should living in a tonier section of the city be a safety factor when crossing city streets? Dangerous intersections should be everyone’s concern, because we all become a pedestrian at some point during the process of commuting.
Tim McDevitt, St. Paul
Spend the money on needed roads, schools
Lori Sturdevant’s advocacy for a new Senate office building (“The history of the Capitol office debate,” March 30) borders on being shameful. No doubt elected officials would like a new work space; many people would.
But if there truly is $90 million available for new state-funded construction, why not spend it on well-documented infrastructure needs such as bridges and roads? Why not underwrite bonds for much-needed new schools in such districts as Moose Lake and Rushford-Peterson?
Legislators have a responsibility to allocate funds to promote the safety of citizens and to foster education, and they could do so if they wanted to.
Alan J. Lipowitz, Peterson, Minn.
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