Readers Write: (Aug. 22): Line etiquette, Generation Next, Hidden Beach, Minneapolis budget, police diversity, veterans, Parkinson's disease

  • Updated: August 21, 2014 - 6:06 PM

Or for those who let them. (One beneficiary at the expense of many others.)

Jeff Strickler’s article about what irritates us when standing in line (“Why we hate to wait,” Aug. 21) omitted the worst offense — having someone let his friends into line ahead of you. To let someone into a line, you should get permission of everyone passed.

Once when I was buying tickets for a flight close to departure, a woman asked the person in front if she could get ahead of him to catch the plane. I told her to get back in line because I was chasing the same plane.

I have a solution. If you wish to chat with a late-coming friend while waiting, go back and chat in his space. Everyone behind you in line will appreciate it.

Edward Stegman, Hastings


Give it a chance, and don’t ask for the moon

Perhaps the latest craze of “ice bucket challenge” activity is what motivates an Aug. 21 letter writer to throw cold water on Generation Next’s efforts to address the local education gap disparities that appear to have a racial correlation. His postulation that Generation Next’s efforts will bear no positive fruit until all the underlying social, economic and cultural disparities are eliminated misses the point.

Too many people believe that all such shortcomings can be corrected solely through our education systems. This is simply unrealistic. However, groups such as Generation Next promote one avenue to address these long-standing and pervasive social problems by attempting to provide some equity to “disadvantaged” children that demonstrates that their future is not predestined by their existing living conditions.

Instead of throwing cold water on these efforts, shouldn’t folks like the letter writer consider supporting these efforts, or at least provide other legitimate solution proposals?

Bruce Saline, Brooklyn Center



A quality-of-life issue bigger than light rail

According to Jon Tevlin’s article “At Hidden Beach, the trouble is all too apparent” (Aug. 20), problems stemming from activity at this beach on the east side of Cedar Lake have been occurring for the neighborhood since 1987. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has responded by telling the neighborhood to come up with solutions. “You can’t police your way out of this,” neighborhood leaders were told.

Yet, in relation to the light-rail project, the Park Board demanded that the Kenilworth Channel had to be deep-tunneled, at an additional cost of $85 million, because trains going over the bridge would, according to the Park Board, “negatively impact the recreational, cultural, and aesthetic experience of park users in the channel.” The park users in the channel would be canoes and kayaks.

It seems to me that the No. 1-rated park board in the nation should be a lot more proactive in coming up with a solution at Hidden Beach, where real and disturbing problems are disrupting the safety and quality of life in the surrounding neighborhood and deserve more attention than canoes and kayaks passing through a channel.

Jake Werner, Minneapolis


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