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April 16, 2014

MSU's decision makers erred in Hoffner case

I’ve been casually following the entire Todd Hoffner matter at Minnesota State University for a long time. I’ve come to two conclusions:

1. Due to the terrible way that MSU mistreated Hoffner, and the pain and suffering they caused him and his family, MSU should pay him $10 million in damages.

2. The responsible officials at MSU should be fired. It is totally unacceptable for a public educational institution to treat anyone like they treated Hoffner. A public educational institution should be ethical and honorable — and the MSU decision-making officials were not.

Dick J. Hansen

Green Valley, Ariz.

Taxpayers shouldn’t pay

A recent Free Press article concerning the contaminated Super America site is disturbing to me.

When the owner bought the property he either knew of the risk of contamination or he is a poor businessman. In either case, I don’t believe the city should have to pay for his problem.

He should incur the costs of clean up even if it jeopardizes the project.

Business people are risk takers and should be rewarded accordingly, not constantly bailed out by taxpayers.

Gary Pericak


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