Readers Write: (Aug. 30): Climate change and air travel, religious freedom, death by falling tree, police tactics, day care, fire pits

  • Updated: August 29, 2014 - 6:30 PM

An engine adaptation would be tough for the industry but good for the planet.

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With all the evidence of global warming due to the pollution generated by the activities of humans, seldom is any mention made of the tons of burned hydrocarbons and carbon dioxide emitted by the exhaust of the jet engines of aircraft flying often at 30,000 to 40,000 feet or more, higher than the atmospheric cleansing actions of the majority of thunderstorms can reach. The jet engines can be used to provide flight to the aircraft by the use of propellers, or “turboprops,” that generally fly at lower altitudes that are in the range of the normal cleansing action of rainstorm activity. This would certainly hamstring a bit of our economy, generally slow air travel and result in more turbulence during flight. But sacrifices have to be made, by some more than others.

Bob LaBrash, Roseville

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

We twist ourselves to accommodate Islam

After reading that a Vermont restaurant sign that included the word “bacon” was found offensive by a Muslim woman and taken down, I saw the Aug. 28 headline “Feds sue over Islamic center vote” and was astounded … again. This on top of the previous furor over Muslim taxi drivers denying entry to service dogs and anyone with alcohol. On top of the university building a foot bath for Muslims with taxpayer dollars, and on top of a Target Muslim employee refusing to scan “pork.”

This country is not the Middle East. Not only are we supplying Al-Qaida and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant with formerly local Muslims to carry on jihad, but we are establishing a double standard for one particular religion.

The bottom line on the Islamic center vote is that the area is zoned commercial, so this should not be considered a religious discrimination issue. I stand by the city of St. Anthony!

Michelle Peterson, Plymouth

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Imagine the story description with one word changed: Feds plan to sue city over rejection of Christian center.

I don’t believe for one moment that St. Anthony would have turned away a Christian center. People freely spoke their minds at the meeting, and that included disparaging remarks about Muslims. Jim Roth, the lone council member in favor of the Islamic center, was stunned by some of the remarks.

Other suburbs have tried to keep Muslim projects out (Plymouth, Bloomington, Blaine). In the end, the projects were all approved.

I was in second grade when people were trying to keep John Kennedy out of the White House because he was Catholic. And, contrary to what some people believe, we don’t currently have a Muslim in the White House. But we might someday!

Teresa Maki, Minnetonka

 

DEATH BY FALLING TREE

Grief understandable, but lawsuit unhelpful

While I offer condolences to the family of Nina Mackay, the woman killed by a falling tree in Eden Prairie a year ago, I am also wagging my finger in shame (“Fallen tree leads to lawsuit,” Aug. 29). This was an accident. If a court affirms the bereaved family’s argument that the city was at fault, get the chain saws oiled and ready to cut down anything on city land that might cause future injury. Again, the only people that profit from these kinds of lawsuits are the lawyers.

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