Readers Write: (May 27): Government's role, water engineering, pedestrian safety, paying for privilege, voter turnout

  • Updated: May 23, 2014 - 6:15 PM

Here’s some straight-talking back at Elizabeth Warren, from a conservative.

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GOVERNMENT’S ROLE

Also, the tax coffers don’t fill themselves

I like straight-talking politicians like Elizabeth Warren (“Unapologetic, straight-talking — and liberal,” May 19). Here is some straight-talking by a conservative right back at her. Warren is correct in saying “there is nobody in this country who got rich on his own.” We are all dependent on one another. That factory owner needs roads to move his goods. Those roads were paid for by the corporate taxes and the taxes paid by the workers the owner hired. The firefighters and police likewise were financed by the same taxes. Remove the factory, workers and worker’s housing, and there would be nothing to protect.

Government produces nothing. Government can’t exist without the taxes paid by the factories and their workers. In other words, no politician ever got rich on their own. They need somebody to need them and to pay them.

True capitalism is, and should be, a constant tug-of-war between those who produce and those who administer the production.

Donald C. Campbell, Minneapolis

 

WATER ENGINEERING

Savings are realized from capturing runoff

The May 17 editorial (“Target Field Station is latest transit milestone”) mentioned extended environmental benefits to the Minnesota Twins stadium that include a cistern to keep water runoff from getting into the water system and to save water and expense.

Not mentioned was that the water in this reservoir adds significantly to the savings because it can be used to irrigate the field. The cistern and enlarged reservoir were added after construction began after the potential savings were recognized.

Similarly, such savings were recognized in the design of the St. Paul Saints stadium in Lowertown, with the water runoff from the adjacent Green Line light-rail service building roof captured in a cistern reservoir. This water will not only be used to irrigate the field, but also to flush the toilets!

Tedd Johnson, Minneapolis

 

LIGHT RAIL

Pedestrians are in peril on University Avenue

I think there is a real concern for pedestrians on the new University Avenue light-rail line. Though there are two lanes of traffic going each way, the pedestrian crossings have signs only on the right side. A driver in the left traffic lane often can have an obstructed view of the warning sign and any pedestrians present if there is a truck or a bus in the right lane. The only thing the driver can see are the two white lines crossing the lane ahead. In addition, these crossing lanes are often in the middle of a block, not at an intersection, not to mention the visual clutter along the avenue.

It is only a matter of time before a pedestrian trying to catch a train will be inadvertently hit by someone in the left lane who cannot see them coming nor anticipate the situation. And someone from out of town may not even realize that the white lines indicate a pedestrian crossing at those locations.

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