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Continued: Readers Write (June 5): Coal mining, Bowe Bergdahl, light rail

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I can’t judge Bergdahl’s alleged behavior. I haven’t been anywhere near his shoes. I wonder how many people engaged in the discussion are like me. We should not be judging.

If my children chose a college that ended up not being the right choice, they could quit and come home. If they chose the Army, Marines or Navy and it ended up being the wrong choice — what are their options?

Becky Carpenter, Minneapolis

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As a former West Point cadet, I am outraged at Obama’s swapping five high-level Guantanamo terrorism detainees for Bergdahl. Bergdahl probably will go through years of publicly paid therapy and go on the lecture circuit about his ordeal and earn millions. Meanwhile, the Taliban detainees probably will return to their murderous ways and destabilize Afghanistan. Are we that arrogant to think that one cowardly U.S. soldier is worth five Taliban fighters? I would have left him behind. Our government has set a dangerous precedent in negotiating with terrorists. No one is worth that much.

Keith Aleshire, St. Louis Park



Green Line growth is there if you look

The May 31 article “Soon-to-launch Green Line’s role as a growth engine so-so” definitely did not reflect what I and many others see happening on the light-rail line in St. Paul. What surprises me is how much has happened, not how little — and the Green Line has yet to begin operation. There is obvious progress all along the line, from the State Capitol on the east to the city limits on the west. All one has to do is look.

Our company is one of many businesses involved in revitalizing property along the Green Line. We developed the C&E Lofts Historic Apartments near the Raymond Avenue Station, have another project underway nearby and are working on the Custom House mixed-use project near the Union Depot in Lowertown. Quite simply, if the Green Line and these stations were not there, our company and our substantial investments would not be there, either.

I agree with the quote from Mayor Chris Coleman that people should be patient. But it is misleading for Star Tribune reporters to downplay widespread examples of recognizable progress.

James A. Stolpestad, St. Paul


The writer is chairman of the Exeter Group.

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