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1/26/2017 3:25:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Letters to the Editor
Johnson Parkway and Ames Avenue
Dear Hmong Times Editor,

Seniors and children risk their lives crossing Johnson Parkway and Ames Avenue East. Also known as County Road 64, this intersection is concerning as fast-approaching motorists dishonor the crosswalk. Community members presented to Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough for a traffic light, but for an entire year, no change has been made to this day.

The intersection is located in a neighborhood highly populated with people of color, immigrants and refugees. Commissioner McDonough invested $12 million in the SouthWest Light Rail in Hopkins, an affluent predominantly White area he does not serve. He raises his salary of roughly $88,000 to $90,000, yet he dismisses the 1500+ petition signatures, large volumes of phone calls, and community forums supporting a traffic signal. Commissioner McDonough is out of touch with the constituents of color he swore to publicly serve, therefore he should not seek a future political seat.


Racial Equity on Johnson and Ames Committee

"We are the Racial Equity on Johnson and Ames Committee, a community-led campaign advocating for social justice."

Yingya Vang

St. Paul, Minnesota

Dear Hmong Times Editor,

Last night I heard an interesting radio commercial about the harm of menthol cigarettes. This ad, "Beautiful Lie Ugly Truth" talked about how tobacco companies target the marketing of menthol products to many communities of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and young people.

The tobacco company spends millions of dollars in Minnesota to hook a new generation of smokers. They need 5,000 new smokers a day, and menthol makes it easier to start smoking and harder to quit. In fact, majority of the smokers have started from a young age.

Many people choose menthol cigarettes because they believe they are safer than non-menthol cigarettes. That is not true. Smoking leads to cancers that can occur nearly anywhere in the body, to lung and cardiovascular diseases and to many other health problems.

Tobacco use is still the No. 1 preventable cause of death in Minnesota. It's time to stand up to the tobacco industry to help our youth stay smoke free and live healthier and better lives.

Mao Lee

St. Paul, Minnesota

St. Paul, MN



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