Letters to the editor for Feb. 10, 2012

Paying for a stadium

To the Editor:

Well here is a way to build a stadium and not cost the taxpayer a cent. First, go ahead and let the business people build a casino in downtown Minneapolis. One third of something is better then nothing, with this money used in the metro area for roads, bridges and schools.

We also have returning vets coming home and will be looking for work, so a casino will help, for we have the time to train these people and others who are looking for work. The city of Minneapolis will lose 8 games a year, but will gain people there for more than 300 days a year, and the shops and restaurants will also gain.

Next the state had a windfall of some $850 plus million dollars, let’s put some of it to work and build a casino at Arden Hills and this would be state-owned, and this building should be tax free from county and state taxes, and if Zygi or other business people want to develop the property that’s good, for it is nothing but an eyesore anyway.

Now how do we pay for the stadium? For one, the money made at the casino goes to the Minnesota share for the stadium and the other half goes to the casino to help pay for it. I’m sure there will be other business that will want to build there.

The same with their half of their state and county tax goes to the  Minnesota share of the stadium and the other half goes to the state and county. Also 1 percent of their profits goes to the Minnesota share for the stadium and that also includes 1 percent from the Viking stadium profits go to the Minnesota share of the stadium and this would not be tax deductible for any of them.

When the Minnesota share of the stadium is paid for, the l percent will go away and the taxes now will go to the state and county in full. The full amount made at the state casino will go to the state casino until paid for. After that, it should be used to lower the state tax first, and then to lower property taxes and then the sales tax. This will help all in the state.

Building two casinos and a Vikings stadium and what other businesses that want to build there, this would create thousands of jobs in the state of Minnesota.

Should we add slots to Canterbury, I say no. It is not a win-win for Canterbury or Mystic Lake, you do not build a Wal-mart next to a Wal-mart, same here.

We have the natural resources and casinos all over the state, but we do not put them to good use. Some people may wish to go to the Mall of America or to Canterbury for the horses, from there maybe to Mystic Lake for a wonderful buffet dinner and a night stay there, and why will people want to come to Minnesota.

Make it a family casino for the adults and children, have something the kids can do while ma and dad are in the casino, like 4×4 on an ATV with limit speed or nature trails or horse-back riding and a fishing pond for the kids to fish for sunfish, and in the winter cross country skiing, ice fishing. Some have never been on the ice, snowmobiling and cross country skiing.

A game room for the younger kids and one for the older kids. Also have a movie theater for the young and older and maybe a dance floor for the older teenagers. Turn Minnesota and the casinos into a family outing, this is a win – win for both; all they have to do is to work together to promote each other.

What will it cost the taxpayer of Minnesota for a new stadium, not a cent and create a lot of jobs. This should not be a hard thing to do.

Russ Horbul


History  articles

To the Editor

Just a note to let you know, thanks for the history articles by Tom Ward.

The feature section, especially the Anoka County History by Tom Ward is great.

I had occasion to have coffee and conversation with him after Christmas.

He is a treasure of historical information and a very interesting person.

Looking forward to more.

Bill Estenson
Coon Rapids


Support for fund-raiser

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Coon Rapids Lions Club, we wish to thank the citizens of Coon Rapids and its surrounding communities for coming out to support the recent 2012 calendar raffle fund-raiser held by the club.

Due to your generosity, the Lions were able to sell all 1,000 tickets in this raffle, which is a first.

By selling out the raffle, the Coon Rapids Lions Club was able to raise nearly $12,000.

These funds will be used to help support our community projects and events to help benefit the citizens of Coon Rapids.

The Coon Rapids Lions Club would like to invite those individuals interested in helping with our calendar raffle fund-raiser or any other civic-minded projects to consider becoming a member of our club.

The Lions are always open to individuals who would like to make a difference in the community where they live, as well as around the world.

The club thanks you again for your support of our raffle and we encourage you to look forward to our calendar raffle for 2013.

Lions Jim Myers and Al Meyer
Calendar raffle co-chairpersons, Coon Rapids Lions Club


Thanks from Stepping Stone

To the Editor:

Stepping Stone Emergency Housing (SSEH) wishes to thank those community members who supported a fund-raiser for this organization hosted by Luanne Koskinen and co-chaired by Janet Entzel, both of Coon Rapids.

Their contributions to this single adult homeless shelter totaled nearly $2,000 which will help provide food and a warm place to sleep for these clients throughout the cold winter months.

Many thanks also go to the co-hosts for their work in sponsoring the fund raiser.

Their work means a lot to the people who arrive daily at SSEH looking not only for shelter but a means of putting their lives together and once more enter the world of sustainable  housing and a job.

Heather Ries
Executive Director
Stepping Stone


Terrible decision

To the Editor:

So the DNR wants to sell 6,000 licenses at a cost of $50 each to kill our remaining 3,000 gray wolves in Minnesota.

This is a terrible decision and is just a money maker for the state. We can thank Obama for this destructive new law.

He removed the gray wolves from the Federal Endangered Species Act which allows states to kill them freely.

It has taken 30 years for the wolf population to get to 3,000 and in just one or two years, the hunters will wipe them out completely.

This is unthinkable. When the wolves are gone, we will realize how important they were to keeping a balance in nature.

The worst part of this is the DNR is going to allow the wolves to be trapped.

Do they have any idea or even care how the wolves will suffer when trapped?  They will linger in the traps for days before dying a slow, terrible death – many of them chew their legs off to get out of the trap.

Stop and think of your dog, how would you like your pet to be caught in one of these terrible metal traps? They scream and howl in pain and if they are still alive when the macho hunter returns to the trap, they are bludgeoned on the head till they die.

Anyone who has a conscience would never trap an animal.

Do the mighty DNR officials, governor, representatives and senators who will approve this hunting even think about what they are doing or the terror they are creating for the animals.

How many pets will get caught in the traps? How many people in rural Minnesota let their pets run – if your pet doesn’t come home some day – better check for wolf traps.

Marge Miller
Coon Rapids


Intervention effective

To the Editor:

The Youth Intervention Programs Association contains organizations throughout Minnesota that help youth when they begin to make poor choices such as skipping school, shoplifting or beginning to use drugs or alcohol.

Study after study has shown that youth intervention programs can change the course of a youth’s life. These programs save the taxpayers money today and tomorrow.

Knowing the proven effectiveness of youth intervention programs, I’m left wondering why these programs are facing funding cuts.

It’s fiscally wise to help youth become employed tax paying adults rather than have our hard earned tax dollars spent on incarcerating these youth now or as adults.

Our legislators and other policy makers need to know that additional funds should to be shifted into youth intervention programs. It’s time we make helping our youth succeed a priority. Youth intervention works, it saves money and we need more of it.

I am the director of services for the Youth Intervention Programs Association.

Thanks you for your consideration.

Paul Meunier
Ham Lake

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