Sure, horse racing has a drug drawback. And different issues, too – Twin Cities


Thanks for together with “Horse racing has a drug drawback” in your opinion web page June 4. We, the general public, should be rather more knowledgeable on what goes on throughout the racing trade in addition to the two-and-a-half minutes we watch these superb equine athletes thunder towards a end line.

Drug, doping, and different efficiency enhancement is simply a portion of what racers, pacers and trotters expertise throughout their careers. Take for instance the Racehorse of the Yr at a neighborhood race monitor that was discovered later, emaciated and damaged in a kill lot, till a sharp-sighted individual spoke up, figuring out who that horse was. Sadly, this isn’t all the time the case for different horses who’ve come to the top of their profession, be it due to age, harm, or an incapacity to be a “winner.” What occurs to those horses? What occurs to a horse that’s nonetheless younger, however is now not raced? The place do these horses go, and who will take care of them? How is it {that a} horse with a few years left to dwell and the potential to flourish in a brand new profession turns into discarded?

Sure, horse racing does have a drug drawback, however it has many extra issues than that.

There must be extra regulation of breeders, trainers and all others concerned within the care chain of a horse from delivery to the top of racing life, then guaranteeing a caring, well-planned and well-maintained life for a horse transitioning from one profession to the subsequent. Any animal deserves nothing much less.

Nicole DePalma, Hastings


Pleasure’s inaccessibility

This yr marks the 52nd anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots, and our communities are commemorating the resilience of the LGBTQA rights motion and progress made towards the achievement of our nation’s mantra of “Liberty and Justice for All.”

Sadly, at a time when variety and inclusion are entrance and middle within the dialogue, folks with disabilities proceed to be absent from the dialogue. In reality simply final yr, the historic Stonewall Inn bar denied entrance to a blind queer individual as a result of they didn’t present paperwork for his or her service canine, in violation of Title III of the American with Disabilities Act.

People dwelling with HIV additionally proceed to face unimaginable quantities of stigma inside thier personal neighborhood, even if america Supreme Court docket expanded the protections of the American with Disabilities Act to them in Bragdon v. Abbott.

These are only some of many examples of how Pleasure stays largely inaccessible to people with disabilities. Accessibility points are a rampant drawback and they’re current in homosexual bars, events, massive parades, in addition to in protests and rallies.

Whereas every particular person experiences a incapacity in a different way, the obstacles skilled converse to a standard theme that individuals with disabilities are asexual or incapable of being in a relationship.  On the core of the idea of Pleasure is the invitation for folks to be pleased with their physique and their sexuality. Nevertheless the identical invitation is all too usually denied to individuals with disabilities, regardless of that they need the identical factor everybody needs in life: understanding and to not be “othered.”

Together with folks with disabilities on the desk ought to by no means be an afterthought however slightly a precedence, as a result of as Elizabeth Warren as soon as stated, in the event you don’t have a seat on the desk, you’re most likely on the menu. Each the LGBTQ and incapacity communities have spent an ample period of time on the menu, and recognizing alternatives for such inter-sectional solidarity and discourse can solely serve to learn each of them and is a constructive step towards constructing a extra inclusive society.

Noah Mccourt, Minneapolis


Did they stroll there?

After studying the article in Tuesday morning’s paper concerning the Enbridge Line 3 protests I used to be questioning about a number of issues:

How did all these out-of-state protesters get to the positioning of the protest? A lady from Massachusetts is quoted, there’s a image of Jane Fonda holding an indication, and a few man chains himself to a chunk of apparatus; did you all stroll there out of your respective residences? I doubt it, however I wager you something all of them acquired there utilizing some type of oil to gas their planes and automobiles.

It appears Enbridge is doing a accountable factor in changing an ageing pipeline and attempting to stop future oil spills and issues. Prefer it or not our nation and economic system are depending on oil for therefore many issues, do we actually need to cease oil manufacturing and not using a actually workable and inexpensive various? I hope you all benefit from the stroll dwelling.

Greg Kroiss, Woodbury


‘Fool circles’

Does it shock you the variety of roundabouts showing throughout? I dread approaching one and confer with them as “fool circles.” Many occasions I’ve had a close to miss commandeering them, feeling like a washer on rinse cycle. And once they place two in a row you’re feeling like you might be on a suicidal merry-go-round.

Simply because they’re utilized in Europe doesn’t imply they’re as efficient for America. What metropolis planners and engineers neglected is that what is nice for the goose, is just not all the time good for the gander.

My sister visited Eire, and was advised that they’re tearing out roundabouts all around the nation as a result of they’ve induced so many accidents, particularly with vehicles.

I’m certain this letter will obtain emotional outcries from metropolis planners and builders defending these mini-cyclones showing throughout our land. They may provide tons of documentation “proving” their price.

However I’m discovering increasingly more folks questioning the validity of roundabouts. Particularly the convoluted programs as these constructed on Rice Avenue over Freeway 694, and the back-to-back roundabouts going north on Freeway 61 to Hugo. Then there’s the countless circles in entrance of Fleet Farm, off Freeway 36 close to 694. If you happen to have been to ask residents their ideas on roundabouts, the planners’ information can be in battle.

My query is, did these planners elicit any citizen enter earlier than they began dotting the countryside with these fool circles?

Gary Hukriede, White Bear Lake

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