Readers Write: (April 23): Bonding bill, Columbus Day, marijuana, Guantanamo, Affordable Care Act

  • Updated: April 22, 2014 - 6:45 PM

The residents of southwestern Minnesota need their water.


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Serve basic needs, then worry about the rest

The “High and dry” story on the April 22 front page mentioned bonding proposals for campus buildings, civic centers, theaters, museums, roads, bridges, housing and … water for people in the Worthington-Luverne area.

Does one of those proposals stand out? Who among us can live without water? How can Gov. Mark Dayton be so brazen as to try and use a water pipeline to extort funding for other less-important projects? I’m incensed!

Governor, make sure the people have water and then evaluate the rest of the projects. Thank you!

Robert L. Hall, Richfield



No more honoring Columbus? Ridiculous

Really. What is the matter with you Minneapolis City Council folks (“Mpls. targets Columbus Day,” April 22)? It’s been an often exasperating and an “Are you kidding me?” 27-year reading experience for us “immigrants” from other states who follow your actions in the paper. (The council is expected to vote Friday on a proposal to rename the holiday “Indigenous People’s Day” on all city communications.)

No more Columbus Day. Really. I assume that is because Christopher Columbus was acting unconventionally for his time in conquering the unknown with some brutality? I assume that it is because he intended to bring disease to new lands? I assume you would have hung him. Yet, if it were not for Christopher and all his “bad boy” explorer buddies, you yourselves would not be here to again malign his and their amazing accomplishments and courage in a time when there was no GPS, no phones and no morality-policing city councils. Let’s just pretend he and the others didn’t pave the way (or float the seas) for all of us to be here. Let’s all just pack up and move back to Europe. You first.

Vicki Roberts, Eden Prairie



There is, actually, evidence of its harm

An April 21 letter stated that marijuana has “never been proven beyond anecdote” to be harmful to one’s health. However, many studies have shown otherwise. The National Institutes of Health links long-term marijuana use to respiratory problems and cognitive deficiencies, especially when used by young people. Heavy use of alcohol and other legal substances also has negative health effects, so I have not yet decided whether I think marijuana should be legalized. But its impact on health should not be minimized.

Heidi Seltz, Minneapolis


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