Regarding the recent letter about the ‚Äústupid behavior‚ÄĚ of a bicyclist:
First, I am a bicyclist and admittedly have done a few foolish things. However, every day I see car drivers doing worse, but I never see articles about their behavior. A cyclist is moving in slow motion, at 10 or 15 miles per hour. Easily observed by car drivers.
In driving on I-694 at the posted speed of 60 mph I observed several drivers weaving thru traffic at at least 70 or even 80 mph, just to get a few car lengths ahead. Maybe foolishly thinking they can make up for oversleeping.
The main difference of the ‚Äústupid‚ÄĚ cyclist and the ‚Äúignorant‚ÄĚ driver is one is moving in slow motion and the other is moving at killing speed. Let‚Äôs be realistic and be observant of the real ‚Äúkillers‚ÄĚ of the road and not just the slow motion ‚Äústupid‚ÄĚ cyclists.
James M Muellner, White Bear Lake
The editorial ‚ÄúA rundown on the basics of several Minnesota judge races‚ÄĚ lacked critical context about candidate Michelle MacDonald, a candidate for Minnesota Supreme Court. Although the editorial mentioned that MacDonald ‚Äúhas been embroiled in several newsworthy controversies in recent years,‚ÄĚ the editorial provided no details as to what those controversies are. Perhaps the most serious is that the Minnesota Supreme Court ‚ÄĒ the very court she is seeking to be elected to ‚ÄĒ suspended MacDonald‚Äôs law license for 60 days in early 2018 and placed her on two-year suspended probation. In a lengthy order, the Court detailed the reasons why, including that MacDonald ‚Äúfailed to competently represent a client; made false statements about the integrity of a judge with reckless disregard for the truth; improperly used subpoenas; knowingly disobeyed a court order and failed to follow a scheduling order; and engaged in disruptive courtroom conduct, including behavior resulting in her arrest.‚ÄĚ
Fortunately, voters have an excellent candidate in Justice Margaret Chutich. Before her appointment to the Court, Justice Chutich served as a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. When up for consideration she was thoroughly vetted by the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection. Additionally, Justice Chutich received more than 95 percent support for her election in a recent poll of members of the Minnesota State Bar Association.
Simply put, Justice Chutich is respected, experienced, and the more qualified candidate for the Minnesota‚Äôs highest court.
Paul A. Sand, St. Paul
If the question was asked, an overwhelming number of Americans would support equal rights for women.¬† So, what is holding them back?
I believe we are doing them a great disservice by not requiring them to sign up for selective service as we do the males at age 18.
The benefits for serving in the military include the GI Bill for education, home loan assistance, along with many employers that grant veterans preferance.
Equal rights for all, and equal responsibility should be the goal.
Jerry Wynn, St. Paul
If ever there was a case made to vote down the proposed St. Paul schools special levy, it was in the front page article of the Pioneer Press on Oct. 24, ‚ÄúSchool projects‚Äô costs soar.‚ÄĚ The district undertook an ambitious plan to remodel schools based on cost estimates made in 2016. The article reveals cost overruns of 43 percent, or $63 million, for eight school projects currently underway. In addition, it reveals revised estimates for eight projects not yet started to be 70 percent higher than the 2016 estimates, or $91 million.
The takeaway from the article is that if St. Paul schools can‚Äôt estimate and manage their construction projects in particular, they undoubtedly can‚Äôt budget and manage their finances in general. Until proven otherwise, vote ‚Äúno‚ÄĚ for the special levy.
Tom Gehrz, St. Paul
The recent¬†ad¬†by the Democrats states that health care should cover pre-existing conditions, an admirable platform, but in the next breath states lower taxes for the middle class.
Well, who do you think is going to pay for this huge increase in health care costs? DUH! The middle class, of course.
J L Utermoehl, Stillwater
The only one who can bring the people together is the president of the United States. Until he makes himself accountable for his words America will be divided.
The attacks on the media happens every day by this president saying they are the enemy of the people. This is outrageous and evil.
Journalists inform us what is truth, lies and about events happening all over the world. They travel to dangerous places and put their lives on the line to report the news to us.
President Trump, his administration, his Republican base and the rest of America should be thanking them for their service.
Faye Schlemmer, Hudson