Readers Write: (July 14): Small-town baseball, drunken driving, women's rights, protesting, the president

  • Updated: July 11, 2014 - 6:05 PM

There’s talent on display, and you don’t need to drain your wallet to witness it.


The Cold Spring Springers celebrated the scoring of a run in a game against the Lake Henry Lakers.

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As a follower of the Prior Lake Mudcats, I enjoyed the recent article on small-town baseball (“Town-ball territory,” July 6). When I first started following the Mudcats, I was amazed to find the kinds of fields they played at.

Two-dollar hotdogs — nothing tastes better than at a ballgame. The sad part is the attendance. Most of the players are high school or college level or more — this is not sandlot baseball. It’s a great way to see Minnesota, going to towns like Veseli,Webster, New Market or Union Hill.

If you want to see good baseball and not have to go in debt for it, see some local ballgames. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Francis Taranto, Minneapolis


Ignition interlock devices are flawed

A July 8 letter writer states that MADD is lobbying for ignition interlock devices for first-time drunken driving offenders. I would invite those lobbyists to have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicles before they suggest that someone else should be required to have one.

One of our family cars had such a system. It was the worst piece of technology I have ever encountered. The thing is designed to keep the car from starting; therefore, any malfunction will ensure that the car does not start. Many, many times we dealt with system lockouts, a dead car battery or the need for a tow, even with no alcohol on the breath.

Maybe after having an ignition interlock system, the MADD lobbyists will realize that sober drivers can’t start these cars, either.

Paula Evensen, St. Louis Park



Speaking for men, speaking for women

Absolutely incredible what I read from other men regarding women’s reproductive rights. Gentlemen, your opinions are noted and welcome, but one thing: We don’t get pregnant. Our wives, sisters and daughters do. The absolute arrogance with which we men deign to speak to our women about their reproductive choices is, well, stunning.

Simple solution, guys: Let’s stop approaching our women with a gleam in our eye.

Absolute fundamental courtesy to our women demands that we accord them the respect due their bodies. A woman in this 21st century should have all necessary medical means to plan a family in the best manner she chooses. Anything less is uncivilized.

Charles Krumrie, Minneapolis

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