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They’re available, if families make the effort
How I remember standing in the cold with my mother waiting for the bus to take us downtown to the YWCA for swimming lessons (“Drowning is sad reminder of inequities with pools,” Gail Rosenblum column, May 1). I grew up in the 1950s and ’60s in Crystal. We were a family of modest means. There were no pools near our home. The question is not “inequality” (please define that; there are six YMCA or YWCA facilities with swim lessons in Minneapolis proper). Rather, it should be: Do families value swimming lessons for their children?
Heidi A. Jensen, Waconia
Not nearly enough coverage in this paper
In the May 5 issue of the Star Tribune, yet another letter writer laments the publication of another article on Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra, rather than devoting the space to the all-important subject of sports. Ironically, that same issue of the Star Tribune devotes 12 full pages to sports but not even an inch (except for the writer’s letter) to the Minnesota Orchestra.
Wayne Gisslen, Long Lake
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