On a recent Wednesday morning we met our dear friends Tom and Anne for breakfast at Keys in White Bear. We had some trouble getting seated because of the young couple at the adjacent table leaving their laptop and iPad cases strewn on the floor between their seats and ours. The cases could have been laid on the chair next to their dining companion but they were too wrapped up in themselves to be aware of that.
They were completely oblivious to anything beyond their own micro-universe. Getting into the booth could have been easier for us if they’d used basic manners.
This “all about ME only” attitude is gaining ground in public shared spaces, driving and certain communities where entitlement is a way of life.
Kelli Conlow, New Brighton
I would like to Saint all of the medical staff, EMTs, and paramedics who were assigned to work at the Minnesota State Fair.
As one of the Safety Officers, I was privileged to work alongside these dedicated and very professional staff and see firsthand how they took care of everything from bee stings to some very serious medical needs.
This is a part of the State Fair that, fortunately, not many visitors experience but their services certainly help make our State Fair the best in the country.
Tom Barrett, Little Canada
Thanks for the front page article on the lovely swan boats on Como Lake, a real jewel of the city. Tainted is the Parks and Recreation Department of St. Paul who have failed to beautify/maintain the Band Shell lakeside area.
Picnic tables need replacing along with the old brick pavers. Flower pots would be a wonderful complement as well as added trash receptacles. Updated restrooms would also be a bonus.
Come on P&R , a revitalization is log overdue. Let’s show off a refreshed favorite to all our neighbors and summer visitors.
Liz Lese, North St. Paul
Al Batt of Hartland, Minn., for his wonderful sense of humor and his many submissions to the comic strip “Pluggers.”
JC Bosse, Little Canada