Readers Write: State flags, rent, transit, fuel prices, guns, health care

Readers Write: State flags, rent, transit, fuel prices, guns, health care

The current design of the Mississippi state flag. It replaces a Confederate-themed flag that state lawmakers retired as part of the national reckoning over racial injustice. Opinion editor’s note: Star Tribune Opinion publishes letters from readers online and in print each day. To contribute, click here . ••• There is almost nothing that I admire about the state of Mississippi. However, the people there hit a major home run with their new state flag. They went from one that was boring, uninspired and stuck in a racist past to a flag that is beautiful and distinctive. One glance at that flag and you know it’s Mississippi. I love the idea of redesigning our state flag, too; perhaps even the state seal. Ours is all that Mississippi’s was. I know we can do better. In the meantime, there is one, small change we can make to mitigate the ugliness — one change in each person. On the farmer, have his left hand raised in a wave to the Native American. And on the Native American, have his right hand raised in a wave to the farmer. Show some friendliness. So few people ever look at our flag — maybe someone could just sneak in these changes and see if anyone notices. David Rosene, Brooklyn Park RENT, TRANSIT Whose voices heard? A June 30 article in the Star Tribune described the new task force under Mayor Melvin Carter that will be suggesting tweaks to St. Paul’s newly established rent control ordinance. […]

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