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Routing the Southwest LRT line is a classic public-policy dilemma: major benefits for the metropolitan area vs. pain for some who, like Mary Tyler Moore, have chosen to live near the popular lakes that define our beautiful city.
The Kenilworth route was selected over four other options in a decadelong, open planning process (www.southwesttransitway.org) that considered cost, ridership, economic development, environmental effects, business concerns and community equity.
Now it’s time for our mayor and City Council, who promised to address these issues, to make a tough political choice and support the Metropolitan Council. It’s not the 1970s, after all.
Richard Adair, Minneapolis
Call these vaporizers by any other name …
The real problem with e-cigarettes started with the name. If they would have been called smokeless vaporizers at the beginning, people would be more open to their acceptance. Cigarettes have a bad reputation, rightly so, but other forms of nicotine satisfaction don’t necessarily deserve to be lumped in with cigarettes. I used to use a Primatene Mist asthma inhaler that used a propellant to deliver the dosage. Because of government regulations, they are no longer available, and I am restricted to using an Asthmanerfin inhaler. It takes a liquid form of the medicine that you put into a vaporizer. Exactly like an e-cigarette. If they help one person quit smoking, then we as a society need to stop looking for the bad, and hope that maybe this is a good thing.
Richard Thompson, St. James, Minn.
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