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Readers' Views: Liquor stores in Lakeside? What's next, brothels?

Liquor stores in Lakeside? What's next, brothels? "Vote 'yes' to allow free enterprise in Lakeside." With those words, in the headline for its Oct. 15 Our View editorial, the News Tribune endorsed a new house of prostitution I am planning to esta...

Liquor stores in Lakeside?

What's next, brothels?

"Vote 'yes' to allow free enterprise in Lakeside." With those words, in the headline for its Oct. 15 Our View editorial, the News Tribune endorsed a new house of prostitution I am planning to establish in Lakeside.

The editorial started: "Times change, and so do opinions." When I called him, Editorial Page Editor Chuck Frederick stated the opinion that had changed was that of the News Tribune editorial board. We in Lakeside are to give up our alcohol-free lifestyle because the editorial board has so decreed it.

The editorial went on to state of the 1893 pact that left Lakeside dry: "Duluth as a whole no longer can afford such an antiquated agreement." Does being antiquated mean honor is voided? Does this mean treaties with American Indian nations can now be annulled? Honor means nothing?

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"Our cash-strapped city needs all the taxpaying businesses possible," the editorial board opined. Here again, the News Tribune endorsed the house of prostitution I am planning to establish in Lakeside.

"City councilors voted unanimously to allow three grocery stores, including one in Lakeside, to sell weaker 3.2 percent beer," the editorial argued. It failed to mention that people in Lakeside also can buy mouthwash that contains alcohol. The editorial board was grasping at straws here.

The editorial concluded: "A yes vote supports Duluth's economy. It also encourages free enterprise -- in all our city's neighborhoods." I truly thank the editorial board for this strong endorsement of the house of ill repute I am planning to establish in Lakeside.

Kenneth V. Laurion

Duluth

AIG's extravagance

is beyond belief

I was a bit disappointed perusing the News Tribune and finding so little coverage about AIG insurance executives at a corporate retreat to the tune of $440,000 -- soon after receiving $85 billion in loans from the Federal Reserve. The bill included $500-per-night rooms and a $23,380 spa bill. I was outraged, yet cynical enough by now to be unsurprised. Apparently, cutting back on expenses and accepting lifestyle changes is only for us "little people."

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Citizens ask, "Where is the bottom?" Apparently, there is none.

We can blame, at least in part, the policies of the Bush administration for our present predicament, but we also can create change and hope for a better future by voting for Barack Obama on Nov. 4.

Ann Galbraith Miller

Duluth

Write in Hillary's name

I have been a Democrat since FDR. I've stayed with the party through good and bad times.

We now have no one remotely qualified -- on either side -- to be president.

For myself, it's all in the cards. I'm distributing business cards urging everyone to "write in your vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton, most qualified."

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Howard Kerr

Duluth

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