Readers Write: (July 8): All-Star Game, immigration, drunken driving, American exceptionalism, Taste of Minnesota, the culture

  • Updated: July 7, 2014 - 6:23 PM

Let’s make it illegal again for events held at taxpayer-funded venues.

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The July 7 article “Striking out on seats? Go cheap” had much to say about ticket prices for the All-Star Game. What was not mentioned outright was paying above “face value.” When the public pays taxes to build or operate a public stadium, it should be illegal to charge above face value. If scalping is legal, we have the public paying twice — first for the stadium, then for exorbitant tickets.

Scalping brings about problems such as counterfeit tickets and customers buying more than needed because they hope to make a buck. It’s been said that if a person wants a ticket, buy one on the sidewalk. How does a person plan this way? Some also say this is just a “market system,” like buying a painting. But sporting or music events are locked in time and place. There’s no second chance to attend.

Let’s make ticket scalping illegal again for events held at publicly funded venues. Let’s do this before the 2018 Super Bowl. And on a side note, we shouldn’t have to pay inflated cable fees to see a game on TV that is held at a public venue.

Peter Berglund, Shoreview

IMMIGRATION

Who’s to blame? Who should be helping?

What do you suppose it took for 52,000 children to leave their homes and flee to the United States? And how have we received them? This is not to blame the cities along the border (“Divided California city becomes flash point in debate,” July 5) that are paying in strained resources for the government’s failure to address the immigration crisis. Ever since President Bill Clinton sold us the bill of goods known as NAFTA, things have gotten worse for workers in the countries involved, including ours. Those 52,000 children are bringing us a message we’d do well not to ignore.

Nancy Eder, Burnsville

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Because of poverty and violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, large numbers of unaccompanied children are arriving on our southern border. This is a humanitarian crisis, a refugee crisis. Why aren’t we calling on the International Red Cross and the United Nations to help protect these children?

Mary Moriarty, Plymouth

 

DRUNKEN DRIVING

Pay attention: It’s still the leading killer

A July 5 letter writer expressed concern about phone-distracted driving related to the unfortunate death of Andrea Boeve and stated that research shows that such driving is at least as dangerous as drunken driving. Distracted driving does represent a real danger, but drunken driving is still responsible for significantly more deaths.

It was the leading cause of traffic fatalities in Minnesota during 2013. Forty percent more fatalities were attributed to drunken driving than to distracted driving in the state. Nationally, statistics for 2012 show 3,328 distracted-driving fatalities, and three times as many for drunken driving.

We can all help prevent drunken driving by supporting organizations like MADD as they lobby to expand ignition interlock programs for first-time offenders. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports this technology has been shown to reduce rearrest rates by a median of 67 percent, compared with suspending licenses.

Pat Hinderscheid, Mendota Heights

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