I used to be pedaling on Route 20 in my residence state of West Virginia because the passenger in a big pickup truck threw an empty 12-ounce brown beer bottle at me. After that incident, I parked my bike and didn’t journey it once more for years. Now as my spouse (a Minneapolis public faculty instructor), our youngsters (all Minneapolis public schoolgoers) and I (a south Minneapolis pastor) bike to high school, bike to church, bike to the films (sure, to the Riverview Theater), bike with a trailer in tow to get crops and hay bales and luggage of dust (sure, to Mother Earth Gardens), bike to the park, bike to the pub, bike to the espresso store, even bike with no vacation spot, we’re grateful for Minneapolis’ bike lanes.
We are usually not anti-car; we personal a not-so-mini-American-van and as soon as owned two autos. Then we downsized to at least one when the heater went kaput; with just one automotive we save roughly $7,600 a yr. We repay a whole lot of debt with that financial savings, however we additionally spend money on our group: giving to our native church and nonprofits and spending it at native outlets that we frequent due to bike lanes!
Bike lanes are making a brand new metropolis attainable; don’t fret about it, embrace it.
The Rev. G. Travis Norvell, Minneapolis
AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT
This unbiased thanks Paulsen for his constructive vote
Like lots of you, I’m uninterested in politics as normal. I watched for seven years whereas Republicans talked about repealing and changing Obamacare. Finally, we noticed step one towards making the American Health Care Act a actuality.
As an unbiased, I need to thank U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen and the opposite 216 Republicans who have been capable of move the invoice to revise the Affordable Care Act. While this isn’t an ideal answer and I don’t agree with every thing that’s within the invoice, it’s a step in the suitable path. This plan will increase choices by bringing competitors again to the marketplace and eradicating authorities mandates that stifle competitors, whereas defending individuals with pre-existing circumstances.
We can’t proceed supporting a program that from the beginning was doomed to fail.
Despite all of the hype, our present health care system isn’t user-friendly or trendy. It’s clearly time for a change. The American Health Care Act nonetheless has room for enchancment within the U.S. Senate, however a choice-focused, cost-driven strategy is a welcome change. I applaud Paulsen for voting to maneuver our health care system ahead, and I’m optimistic that our congressman is making an attempt to get one thing finished.
Greg Wenker, Edina
There’s cause to consider native group has misplaced its means
Thirty-five years in the past, the nonprofit now referred to as “Womenwinning” was created to elect prochoice women of all political events to all ranges of public workplace. However, it apparently misplaced its approach since then. Unlike the Democratic Party, Womenwinning exhibits little concern if women lose their proper to reasonably priced health care or to a livable wage, and even their civil rights.
The group’s myopic agenda might be on full show in June, when it holds its annual fundraiser in Minneapolis, this yr that includes Susan Collins, a prochoice Republican U.S. senator from Maine who has voted wrongly on nearly each main challenge of significance to Democrats.
Here are just some of the votes made by Collins:
• Against the Affordable Care Act, which included the Pregnant Women Support Act (2009).
• Numerous votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
• Against growing the federal minimal wage from $7.25 an hour to $eight.20 an hour (2014).
• Against unions having a good enjoying area for organizing, the Union Organization Bill of 2008.
Collins’ actions are even worse on key issues this yr. She voted for affirmation of Jeff Sessions as lawyer basic, and she or he refuses to name for an unbiased investigation to look at the ties between President Trump’s associates and the Russian authorities.
If Womenwinning believes women win once we would not have entry to health care, an honest minimal wage or the proper to arrange and that Jeff Sessions ought to implement the legal guidelines of our nation, then it’s no marvel women and households usually are not profitable in at the moment’s financial system.
Dolores Salchert, Shoreview
‘FADING’ FREEDOM OF SPEECH
Protesters on school campuses have some extent, if we’d simply pay attention
Regarding “Some see free speech rights fading at colleges” (May 12): If we will get previous the “crybaby snowflake” stigma related to current protests throughout school campuses towards offensive speech, we’d see the protesters’ level. Though the liberty of speech has all the time been heralded as our shining image of patriotism, it’s time to interrupt the taboo and rethink the First Amendment’s safety of hate speech. Our nation’s safety of hate speech is an antiquated custom that opens the door for violence towards minority teams and has no place in a civilized society.
The U.S. is likely one of the only a few Western nations that shouldn’t have legal guidelines meant to limit hate speech. Countries akin to Germany, France, Belgium, Canada and Britain have all handed legal guidelines limiting hate speech that work as meant and don’t oppress their residents.
The First Amendment already outlaws sure kinds of speech that wouldn’t hassle even probably the most dogmatic protectors of freedom of speech (e.g., youngster pornography and slander). These types of speech are obscene and unproductive and haven’t any place in any society. How is hate speech any totally different? At greatest, hate speech is simply extra noise to disregard. At worst, it presents a tangible menace to human lives: Take the Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof, the KKK or Nazi Germany for proof.
Is outlawing types of speech a slippery slope? Yes. But with deliberate intent and correct enforcement, outlawing hate speech can save lives at no actual lack of liberty or progress.
Charles Rustad, Medina
U.S. POSTAL SERVICE
Called a burden on taxpayers, which misrepresents state of affairs
The featured May 15 letter “What about cost? Privacy?” said misinformation concerning the U.S. Postal Service. As a retiree of the USPS after 30 years of service, I can say that the Postal Service has its flaws however it isn’t a “traditional money loser.” That it’s dependent on “government (taxpayer) intervention” can also be a deceptive assertion. The USPS operates within the black except a authorities mandate that no different company is required to do: that’s, to prefund retirees’ health advantages roughly 75 years into the longer term. The day-to-day operations are solvent and postal charges definitely can’t be thought-about an “intervention.” They are the worth for a service identical to some other firm with a services or products. Could you drive a doc or birthday card to your grandchild from the Twin Cities to Oregon or Georgia for 50 cents? The U.S. has the bottom postal charges on the earth.
Roxanne Willms, Woodbury
RENAMING LAKE CALHOUN
Getting to the logical answer
We’re virtually there! So if “Bde” means “lake” in Dakota, then we simply have to agree on a spelling and pronunciation for the Lake Formerly Known as Calhoun that folks will truly use: Lake Makaska.
Patrick McCauley, Edina