Readers Write (June 17): Lake Minnetonka, light-rail transit, Medtronic, Red River flooding, Export-Import bank

  • Updated: June 16, 2014 - 6:17 PM

This slow-motion calm might be worth trying for a month every June.

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High water has flooded boat landings and forced a no-wake restriction.

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Who would have thought it! Lake Minnetonka is actually a better lake experience with the all-lake no-wake restriction.

No more constant buzzing of personal watercraft, no blaring jet boats, no big cruisers driving like they were ski boats.

Just sailboats quietly catching the breeze, fishermen meandering along the shores and all boats moving as if in slow motion across the calm lake.

Here’s to a no-wake month of June every year. We may just learn that this is the way boating was meant to be.

Jim Colville, Wayzata

LIGHT RAIL

If only the Green Line were a subway instead

I took a ride on the Green Line on Saturday from Target Field to the Union Depot and back (“A rail of 2 Cities,” June 15). While trying to return from St. Paul, the train was delayed twice because cars had driven over the tracks and had to be towed away. It was slow even without the cars on the track.

I had spent a week in a major city with subways last summer and there is no comparison. This $1 billion light rail is a poor excuse. The subway was fast and there were no odd delays. Anyone needing the Green Line shouldn’t be in any hurry.

If memory serves me, the original idea was to utilize the caves existing under the city of Minneapolis. I guess that is what we get from a government agency (the Metropolitan Council) not responsible to anyone. Perhaps the Southwest Corridor leg will get some tunnels so it can actually work in a timely fashion. I am not impressed.

Thomas St. Martin, Brooklyn Park

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I got a good laugh from the people who drove in from Brooklyn Park and Woodbury (on taxpayer-funded roads) to “protest” the newly opened Green Line and who seem to be actively rooting for it to fail. To the person who said, “What does this do for me,” I must ask, “What do the roads to your home in Brooklyn Park do for me?” After all, that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?

As a lifelong Twin Cities resident (who remembers streetcars), I would urge them to think about the needs of future citizens 40, 50 or 60 years from now who will be living in a crowded, but hopefully vital, metropolitan area — one of the key engines of the state of Minnesota.

Lynn Barron, St. Paul

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If light rail “is designed to be convenient and connecting, but not overly quick” as you say about the Minneapolis-St. Paul Green Line, why wouldn’t the Southwest light-rail line travel through Uptown on the Minneapolis portion of the route? Instead, it is proposed to run next to freight rail, pass between two lakes, and travel through a sparsely populated valley with low ridership projections and almost no development potential. Yes, there are challenges with the Uptown route, but there were challenges on the Green Line as well.

Jeanette Colby, Minneapolis

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