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Letter: We’re beyond frustrated trying to get a vaccination appointment for our 92-year-old mother

28February 2021

We are beyond frustrated trying to get a vaccine appointment for our 92-year-old mother. Unfortunately we don’t know the secret handshake, password, secret connections or are schmoozing the appropriate covid-19 vaccine scheduler.

What more can we do? This random computer algorithm is poorly designed, especially when people are able to bypass and go to the front of the line. With every pharmacy, venue, health care system in Minnesota we are constantly trying to find an appointment.

So what are we to do? It is not right. This is not equitable health care. What about those who do not have someone advocating for them?

Ann Maresh, West St. Paul

 

Measure, improve, reward, repeat

What gets measured, gets fixed. What gets rewarded, gets repeated.

Would public safety, trust, and transparency benefit if our Minnesota law enforcement agencies reported their use of deadly force, and also reduced their use of it?

It might be instructive to note that the Newark Police Department employs over 1,100 officers, and yet not a single shot was fired in 2020. This commendable record was proudly reported by News 12 New Jersey on Dec. 30, and was credited largely to that department’s multi-year, ongoing de-escalation program.

The probability of replicating this across Minnesota might be advanced if the governor’s office, or the Department of Public Safety, annually honored our police departments and sheriff’s offices that refrain from firing a single shot during a given calendar year.

This honorable, noteworthy distinction could be named the Philando Castile Community Policing Award (PCCPA).

Measure, improve, reward, repeat.

Let us annually honor our Minnesota Law Enforcement agencies that judiciously refrain from unnecessary use of deadly force, while simultaneously respecting the life and memory of a Minnesotan who served his community with a spirit of kindness, and whose precious life was tragically cut short by unwarranted deadly force.

Brian Kurzhal,, St. Paul

 

No replacing mature woods

We hear it all too often; this time it’s the city of Arden Hills. Reporter Deanna Weniger writes, “The city agreed to the development on condition that either the trees that will be taken down for construction are replaced, or the developers would pay a $50,000 fee that would go toward planting trees elsewhere in the city” (Feb. 18).

Trees are living, sentient beings, not old furniture or clothing that can be replaced. There is no replacing a mature woods and all the creatures that depend on it by planting a few young trees. It is similar to removing adults from where they live and replacing them with children.

Bethel University currently owns the property upon which the development would sit.  Shame on you Bethel, and as well St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, for the elimination of their woods to pave a parking lot.

Greg Nayman, St. Paul

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