Readers Write (June 4): Women's security, energy policy, ride-sharing, trucks in traffic, foreign policy

  • Updated: June 3, 2014 - 6:12 PM

No “precautions” are going to protect us from these things.

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Paul Lachine • NewsArt

I appreciate a June 3 letter writer’s helpful advice to women regarding our safety; however, he misunderstands the scope of the issue. Women are not camping in bear-infested areas; we are living in bear-infested communities. Women are not wandering aimlessly in foreign countries vulnerable to strangers; we are walking down our own streets, and we are in the company of men we know and trust. Sobriety, companions, sprays and whistles are not enough to keep women safe. No precautions we take can protect us from catcalls, “compliments” on our appearance that men never receive, and myriad other social and professional slights — but I admit I am curious to see if sprays and whistles would help us achieve equal pay.

Men and women need to understand that we are facing a cultural epidemic of misogyny. Continuing the June 3 letter writer’s theme of analogies, taking vitamin C is not going to protect me from the aggressive cancer of entitled men.

Lauren Ciechanowski, Minneapolis

ENERGY POLICY

At long last, action to fight climate change

Thank you, Mr. President, for taking aggressive, effective action to curtail climate change (“Obama to slash carbon pollution,” June 2). The new EPA regulations on greenhouse gas emissions are a major step forward. You deserve our appreciation and respect for taking difficult but essential measures to protect the future for our children and grandchildren.

Bruce D. Snyder, Mendota Heights

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I really love this planet, and the impending realities of climate change trouble me deeply every day. The new EPA standards give me a glimpse of hope that we as humans can behave with conscience and consciousness and care for our home, and I am grateful.

Julie Madden, Minneapolis

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Go to Minnehaha Falls to see the beauty of the raging waters. Then go upstream to see the water lapping at the basements of houses along the banks. This is the cost of global warming. As the atmosphere heats, it holds more moisture. More moisture means heavier downpours like we experienced last weekend. Insurance will pay for the homes; your insurance rates will go up. Someone has to pay for larger flood plains; your taxes will go up. The giant coal companies are warning that any action to halt carbon emissions will hurt the economy. What they really mean is that it will hurt their profits. Short-term profits may be beautiful to some, but the long-term costs are frightening. Which will we choose?

Richard Crose, Bloomington

 

RIDE-SHARING

Really, it’s working for those who use it

I’m a frequent Lyft user, and I was excited to see ride-sharing come to Minneapolis. Contrary to claims made by taxi cab operators (“No special treatment for UberX and Lyft,” June 3), I have never felt unsafe as a Lyft passenger. In fact, I feel safer because the mobile platform means I can see the name, picture and user rating of the driver who is picking me up. It also removes any need for me (or the drivers) to carry cash.

All of the drivers I’ve ridden with work other jobs in addition to driving for Lyft when they have spare time. They have been knowledgeable about the city and have made me feel comfortable and welcome in their cars. There is no doubt in my mind that this is not a taxi service and that it should not be forced into rules or regulations that were created before smartphones existed.

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