Solve our light rail and bus problems, then tell it all – Twin Cities

Good ideas for repairing public transport

I was delighted to read Frederick Melo’s May 6 Pioneer Press article on light rail and buses (“Metro Transit Looks Ahead”).

I live in St. Paul and had decided never to ride the light rail again. On recent trips, the trains were dirty, people were smoking and sleeping, and a man was talking gibberish to me the whole way. I realize we have a serious problem with the homeless population, but as quoted in the article, “transit is not a suitable place to shelter”.

Many good ideas were mentioned, and I commend Metro Transit and Charlie Zelle for looking carefully at what can be done. For example, I approve of the train clearing at the end of each ride as it reinforces that people cannot ride for long periods of time. Putting cameras in stations and monitoring them with two-way speakers sounds like a really good idea. It is important to train transit police officers to recognize mental health issues, and I would add that social workers should be added to help deal with these issues. Cultural sensitivity is valid, but so is the application of certain social norms of behavior. I approve of giving Metro Transit the legal power to fine fraudsters.

I will be writing to my House Rep and my State Senator regarding the housing issue as this clearly overlaps with light rail ridership.

Finally, I would encourage Metro Transit, once these issues begin to improve, to publicize the improvements widely so that people like me are encouraged to try public transit again.

Meg Arnosti, St. Paul

Government exaggeration

Thursday’s newspaper published letters from two men who argued that the Supreme Court should not rule on abortion because that should be the job of state lawmakers. Bad. Neither the courts nor the legislatures have the right to determine what a girl or woman can or cannot do in the event of a problematic pregnancy. It’s his business, not theirs. His choice is based on personal conditions that lawmakers don’t know about and don’t care about. Their concern is to score political points.

It’s ridiculous that politicians who have continued to talk about the downsides of mask mandates during a pandemic think they can demand that a girl or woman be nine months pregnant, give birth, and then try to figure out what to do next. If there is anything that is exaggerated by the government, it is that.

KC Simmer, St. Paul

The right “to be secure in one’s person”

The author of a May 5 letter displays an unfortunate but all too common misunderstanding of the US Constitution (“Leave it to the States”). While it is true that the Constitution makes no specific mention of abortion, it also does not explicitly say that suspects are told that anything they say can be used against them, or that people cannot be treated differently based on their race, religion or gender. – yet we now recognize these and many other rights defined by the courts as fundamental to a fair system.

The framers of the Constitution had no superpowers to see into the future and anticipate all the eventualities that might arise in a changing world. That is why they have wisely crafted a solid foundation and rough framework for our democracy, setting out the general principles by which we are to be guided, not the minutiae of policy or practice.

The general principle regarding abortion is stated in the clear, concise, and cogent language of the Fourth Amendment: “The right of the people to the security of their person…shall not be violated.” For the government to invade a woman’s body and violate her security of person by forcing her to unwillingly carry a fetus within her for nine months is an appalling violation of the Constitution, and Judge Alito’s strained reasoning at the The opposite effect substitutes fairy tales for facts. None of our rights are guaranteed when the extreme prejudices of the powerful few can be imposed on half the population, contrary to common sense, decency, public opinion and the basic rule of law.

Harland Hiemstra, St. Paul’s Park

A benefit for the whole company

Your column on high school personal finance by James Redelsheimer was an article every parent should read (“Give Minnesota Kids a Better Chance: Teach Them Personal Finance in High School,” May 1).

It attacks a weakness that is prevalent in our education system. As a retired banker, the lack of education given to our youth amazes me. Imagine if we could educate our kids from, say, college on the importance of compounding and how starting to invest as early as possible can benefit you later in life.

Along with this, education in the importance of credit and the ability to understand the implications of paying off high interest rate loans would certainly benefit all of society except high interest rate lenders. raised.

I congratulate Mr. Redelsheimer for all he does and hope that many others will follow his example.

Al Kallenbach, Hudson

A building to save

My husband and I have lived in the Midway area of ​​St. Paul for over 45 years. The Hamline Library was an important part of our lives during this period. Our children attended summer programs there and we still visit the building regularly.

Although we’ve had to fight many times to keep our library open or to make sure it’s open at regular times, I only recently learned about the history of the building. During the 1918 flu epidemic, the Midway district raised funds to purchase the land for this library. Judge Henry Hale left most of his estate to the public library. In order to build this library, completed in 1930, a group of Hamline-Midway advocates had to take legal action to gain access to some of these funds.

This history should be enough to make the building worth saving, with important and necessary updates, rather than tearing it down.

Shelley Robshaw, St. Paul

Jose P. Rogers