Tom Meneely, Arco, Minn.
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In honor of those who still don’t appreciate why Washington’s NFL team name is so offensive, I think it should be changed to the “Washington Rednecks.”
Paul Oman, Brooklyn Center
DOWNTOWN TO DOWNTOWN
Light-rail ride isn’t just about the speed
Jonathan F. Mack’s June 18 commentary (“The 18-minute transit gap”) completely misses the point of urban rail transit. It’s not designed to outrace an express bus between downtowns, but to move large numbers of people through dense areas with multiple destinations en route. (Try to imagine an express bus whizzing through lower Manhattan and you get the idea.) Now, a hardened ideologue hears this and says it’s “telling people where to live,” but lately government policy has been following market demand for density, not the other way around.
It’s kind of amazing to read, in 2014, reheated predictions from 10 years ago about empty trains and a regretful public, as if the ultimate victory of car-dependent infrastructure will happen naturally and cheaply if only the transit busybodies would get out of the way. Recent experience with gas prices, the exurban housing collapse and $700 million bridges to Wisconsin has taught us otherwise. And when we get the bill for replacing our baby-boom-era bridge and highway system, it’ll dwarf a few light rail lines.
Paul Chillman, Richfield
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The article comparing commute times between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis failed to capture several decision factors that many of us consider on a daily basis. While speed certainly does come into play for some, for others there is tangible value in being able to use that commute time for texting, viewing e-mails, checking news updates on a smartphone or simply reading a book (train or bus win out); for getting exercise (bicycle), or for avoiding the stress associated with highway traffic or finding limited parking (train, bus, or bicycle). While it is a decision point, speed is not the sole factor in how one chooses to travel from Point A to Point B.
Glenn Miller, Minneapolis
Watch for the fallout from student’s lawsuit
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Reid Sagehorn’s family has filed a lawsuit relative to the overreactive school authorities at Rogers High School, and the same at the local police department (“Student sues district over fallout from online post,” June 18). This was a sad case of knee-jerk reaction by all parties involved.
As we watched this situation evolve, I couldn’t help but think that the authorities lacked maturity, wisdom and discernment in handling this case. Sagehorn and his family have paid the price in a personal big way.
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