In response to an April 16 letter defending the Republican endorsement in the Sixth Congressional District: Fewer than 15,000 people in the entire state attended the Republican precinct caucuses in February. More than that voted in the primaries two years ago in the Sixth District alone. The letter writer reasons that those who did not participate in the endorsement process were apathetic. Apathetic people do not volunteer for their children’s schools, deliver meals, coach, run ministries, vote, walk in parades, make phone calls or donate money. Do not confuse not participating in an outdated and predetermined process with being apathetic.
Look at the demographics of the delegates and you will have the truth about the engagement, effectiveness and representation of the endorsement process. Tom Emmer is going to have to actually earn this position from voters; he is not entitled to it just because 300 people have crowned him with an endorsement.
Denise Rene Hannah, Columbia Heights
The real power is in independent thinking
As pluralistic rationalists, we feel both sympathy and admiration for the escape of Lindsay Tornambe and another woman from the religious cult that trapped their families (“ ‘Maidens’ called to God but then lived through hell,” April 16). But also as plurationalists — both theists and atheists who commit to more consistently use everyday reasoning, regardless of our worldviews — we know their escape wasn’t simply from a religion, but from something so insidious it traps many of us. That evil was identified by Lindsay herself: “We didn’t really have a chance to think for ourselves.”
Frank Burton, Minneapolis
The writer is executive director of the nonprofit organization The Circle of Reason.
Open, open, open? Don’t hold your breath
I was involved in the protests against the closure of Nicollet Avenue at Lake Street in Minneapolis “back in the day.” It was a stupid idea then, and it remains a stupid idea. Now I find that Kmart has a lease until 2053 (“Reopening Nicollet gets a push,” April 16). I understand that the store provides employment and a reasonably priced place to shop for many lower-income residents, but at the same time it closes a vital artery to downtown. This was the problem then; it is the problem now. I foresee a long, drawn-out battle.
Judy Cooper Lyle, Minneapolis
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While a reopening of Nicollet would be a positive thing, an interesting and unintended positive resulted from its closure: The area became more and more blighted. As a result, property values dropped and buildings were bought up by immigrants, mostly Asian, who created the thriving “Eat Street” we have today. A city planner couldn’t have done it better!
Charlie Meyers, Minneapolis
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