Oaths that state common sense, prayers to religious figures of others, pledges to flags, all to participate in public governmental discourse. Where does it end? And, why, oh why, is this necessary?
Tom Erickson, Red Wing, Minn.
Oh, that was so the wrong thing to say
So US Bancorp President and CEO Richard Davis tells those who might not like the new Vikings stadium to “get over it” (as reported on a StarTribune.com blog devoted to the project).
Is that what he tells US Bancorp employees who make a minuscule fraction of the more than $15 million he made in 2013 (as reported by the Star Tribune)?
Is that what he tells those who believe the NFL is an out-of-touch, dying league due to concussions, debilitating injuries, player suicides and general backlash against its violent culture?
Is that what he tells Vikings fans who can’t afford the exorbitant ticket costs for an NFL game while he basks in his ivory tower luxury suite?
Is that what he tells those whose nonprofits, charities, cities and otherwise worthwhile causes lost funding due to the $500 million in taxpayer funds approved for this boondoggle?
Is that what he tells anybody who knows full well the Super Bowl won’t bring anything to our city other than headaches for those who live here?
Is that what he tells the neighbors of the new stadium, who will live near an empty, hulking behemoth for about 350 days a year?
Is that what he tells anybody who thinks rich out-of-staters like the Wilfs don’t deserve to be further enriched on the public spigot?
Mr. Davis, most Minnesotans didn’t want this stadium, a monument to many things but certainly not a monument to sensibility in our fair state.
I won’t get over it. And I’ll remember that stadium when I spend my money and when I vote.
Jason Walker, Minneapolis
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