Readers Write: (July 25): Vikings stadium and birds, 'lone soldiers,' teacher effectiveness, elephants

  • Updated: July 24, 2014 - 7:02 PM

This bird thing, however, might come back to haunt.

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A rendering of the Vikings stadium released in 2013 showed the glass-heavy design.

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I wonder: How quickly — and readily — will the Vikings organization spend $1.1 million trying to clean up the public-relations mess it is creating by not being able to find $1.1 million in its $1 billion stadium budget to build with glass that would prevent birds crashing into the walls of windows?

Brian McDermott, Minneapolis

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In light of the fact that the Vikings won’t spend $1 million to alter the glass, maybe we should incorporate a little irony into the situation and nickname the new stadium “The Birdhouse.” In some ways, it actually does look like a birdhouse that’s been tipped over onto its back.

Willis Woyke, Columbia Heights

‘LONE SOLDIERS’

Jewish fighters have a proper motivation

Having been a “lone soldier” myself who volunteered to fight for the reborn state of Israel when it was invaded by five heavily armed Arab armies in 1948, I take exception to the July 24 letter writer’s contention that all such individuals should be “prosecuted as terrorists.” Perhaps I can help the letter writer understand the motivation of these young men who recently have gone to defend Israel’s right to exist when groups like Hamas have stated publicly and in their charter that their avowed aim is to destroy Israel, the only Jewish homeland, simply because it is Jewish.

I was in London in World War II, and I can’t begin to tell you how grateful we Brits were to see those brave American “lone soldiers” who had come to fight with us against Nazi aggression long before America finally entered the war. Terrorists? Hardly!

Jason Fenton, Crystal

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The Israeli Defense Forces are the army of a democratically elected government, with the primary objectives of defending Israel’s borders and its citizens. The Somali individuals that the July 24 letter writer refers to for comparison have joined Al-Shabab in Somalia and are engaged primarily in the practice of terrorizing civilian populations.

Although it is a fact that civilians have been killed by the IDF in the most current war and in past conflicts, the difference is that there are attempts to minimize such casualties through text messaging, phone calls and warning shots. Still, these efforts are mitigated by Hamas’ brutal grip on its citizens and its forcing of Palestinians to serve as human shields.

If the letter writer has evidence of Al-Shabab previewing suicide bombings and trying to minimize casualties of innocents, that information should be shared.

Aaron Goldstein, Minnetonka

 

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