Readers Write: (Aug. 5): Homelessness, police officers, CEO pay, priorities, foreign policy

  • Updated: August 4, 2014 - 6:17 PM

It exists to protect neighborhoods from forces of decay. North Minneapolis knows the dangers.

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Regarding “ Rooming houses aid homeless, illegally” (Aug. 1) and criticism of enforcement at odds with a “creative” solution, the city codes exist for a reason. They protect neighborhoods from enduring flophouses for potentially dangerous and nuisance people. They protect single-family housing stock from uses that it is not designed for and that could degrade the value of the structure and consequently the area. They are needed for neighborhood and housing stability.

Locally, the burdens and costs of poverty often fall disproportionately on the residents of north Minneapolis. The housing values in this part of the city are low enough to make this rental situation economically feasible. In most of the rest of the city and county, economics would never allow this to happen. It is easy to support the well-intended actions of someone who is trying to help the homeless when you know that it cannot occur next door to your house.

North Minneapolis has for decades absorbed a disproportionate amount of society’s ills, including: a shockingly large number of Level 3 sex offenders, an enormous volume of low- or no-income housing vouchers and residents and, most recently, a building boom of large low-income housing projects. It is time for the rest of the city, county and state to step up.

Daniel Field, Minneapolis

POLICE OFFICERS

Why ‘officer down’ gets so much attention

When an officer’s life is taken away in the line of duty, the discussion periodically emerges as to the necessity for the visibility of the response to an “officer down” incident.

It is important to recognize that the first role of government is to ensure the safety and security of citizens. This is accomplished nationally via the military, FBI, CIA, etc., and at the state and local levels via law enforcement agencies.

Specifically at the state and local levels, when an officer is down, it sends a signal that the perpetrator has breached that final thread between a civilized society and anarchy.

Foremost, an “officer down” incident is tragic for the officer’s family. At the same time, it is important for all of us to recognize the broader significance of the tragedy.

L.A. Ellis, St. Paul

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To the folks who have approached police officers to share their appreciation this past week, I want to say thank you for your show of support while we grieve. To those too shy to say something: A smile and a wave can go a long way. To those who generally dislike the police: Know that we don’t like you, either (“Suspect to police: ‘I hate cops,’ ” Aug. 2). However, we’ll always come when you call, and we’ll aggressively pursue those who victimize you. And to all: If you can make it to the funeral procession on Wednesday to pay respects to slain Officer Scott Patrick, you will never forget it.

Mark Klukow, Minneapolis

 

The writer is a police officer.

 

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