I am not going to try to rationalize the many problems of the F-35, but if you Google “Chinese J-20,” you will see that the Chinese are developing a fighter aircraft that closely resembles the F-35. Most U.S. military analysts predict that China could be on equal military footing with the United States in as few as 10 years. The impact of Mayo’s $30 million will be minimal compared with the military realities of keeping Russia and China in check.
David Frenkel, Edina
MINNESOTA BOOK AWARDS
No award for diversity in children’s literature
I am a bitter loser. Once again the Minnesota Book Awards have overlooked several multicultural-book nominees in children’s literature, including me, instead honoring “Moo!” by David LaRochelle and Mike Wohnoutka. Although “Moo!” is truly a literary gem — because who doesn’t love a white cow driving a car — I wish Minnesota would look again at the Asian-themed, black-themed or Hispanic-themed books for children written by Minnesota authors for other-than-white children.
Susanne Aspley, Excelsior
A little competition for taxi service is good
There’s been debate regarding ride sharing in the Twin Cities lately, with Uber and Lyft offering frustrated passengers a cleaner, friendlier and more reliable option than traditional Minneapolis taxicabs.
While I understand the need to regulate these new programs, the majority of the complaints are coming from the taxi companies.
I took a Lyft ride yesterday. It was fast and convenient. I set my pickup spot, and within minutes a new Toyota Camry was at my door. I saw the driver’s photo and user ratings before I even got in. We had a great conversation, and I was able to pay through the application on my phone at my destination.
Perhaps if the taxis in this city were better regulated and held to higher standards, ride-sharing programs like Uber and Lyft wouldn’t need to exist. Until then, I’ll keep Lyfting, and I would encourage the city of Minneapolis to embrace these new platforms.
The taxi companies would rather use the city as their bully to fine the competition for “stealing” their customers. But I’d like to remind them that customers aren’t property — and competition isn’t theft.
Mike Obradovich, Minneapolis
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