Readers Write: (July 30): Jesse Ventura, work-zone speed limits, the ACA, campaign ads, capital punishment, police misconduct, bird safety, fist bumps

  • Updated: July 29, 2014 - 6:25 PM

Just wondering if he’ll now do something to which we can say: “That’s big of him.”

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Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura.

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Congratulations, Gov. Ventura. By successfully suing a widow, you have not only restored the honor of your name, but have managed to keep your name in the papers of your beloved “media jackals.”

Now that your reputation shines once again, and opportunities in the entertainment industry come racing back to your door, perhaps you might set a portion of that new income aside to help the family of your brother SEAL, Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle. After all, we would have forgotten all about you had it not been for the story (whether true or false) that Kyle included in his memoir.

Jeff Roemhildt, Eagan

WORK-ZONE SPEED LIMITS

Drivers will respond if the reason is apparent

There is a large issue not addressed by changes to the rules for drivers in construction zones (“New law reduces speed limits, clarifies signs near work zones,” July 29). In my observation, the credibility of speed limits in construction zones is severely compromised by how they are used; it is common to drive for miles without seeing any construction activity, and sometimes no activity is seen, especially on weekends and evenings.

Where construction workers are present, I observe that speed zone compliance is very high. I observe that drivers who do slow down will speed up again after about a quarter-mile if they see no construction activity. Therefore, for the signs that protect workers to have credibility, they should be displayed only when and where people are working. Having signs up where nobody is working is an extremely effective method of teaching drivers not to bother slowing down.

Note that the above refers only to the extreme speed restrictions that are for road worker safety. In some cases, the general speed limit also needs to be reduced due to roadway changes in the construction zone; those changes certainly should be in effect full time, and in these cases, drivers can see that there is a reason for a reduced limit.

Ted R. Larson, Chaska

 

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

From polling, it looks like love/hate, actually

A July 26 letter writer, responding to the July 25 editorial (“2 judges, 6 words and millions at risk”), chastised the Star Tribune for not pointing out polling showing that the majority of Americans oppose the Affordable Care Act.

If you look at the detail of the very poll he cited, yes, only 40 percent of those surveyed support the act. But of those who are opposed, 17 percent take that position because they believe the law is not strong enough. It’s a safe presumption that most or all of the 17 percent would prefer a single-payer system or similar.

This is consistent with other poll findings, most recently CNN’s.

So, in fact, the majority of Americans support either the Affordable Care Act or something stronger.

Politicians who run wanting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and who are comforted by polls showing most Americans feel the same way, may get a nasty surprise on Election Day.

David Therkelsen, Minneapolis

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