Below are examples of letters I’ve received from readers during the Vikings stadium debate with names and personally identifying information removed.
I’m sure you’re taking a lot of heat from stadium proponents. Even though I am one, I’m not going to do that.
Instead, I’ll say thank you. Even though we were on opposite sides of this issue, I enjoyed reading your posts and tweets and respected your opinions. You stood up for what you believed in, and were influential on a lot of people. You deserve credit for that.
The deal isn’t perfect, but it was revised to be a better deal for the taxpayers and it keeps the Vikings here. You sent me an email a while back saying you felt the deal would get done, but it would be in Minneapolis and the Wilf’s would have to kick in some more money. You were right on both those accounts.
So again, even as a proponent of this stadium bill, I want to thank you for your work. It should be admired and respected.
Awesome, Ed. Thanks. And god bless you for dealing with all the crazed Vikings fans up there. It’s been impressive to watch you against the masses.
I’m not writing to you to debate the stadium issue–let’s just agree that you’re not going to change my opinion, and I’m not going to change yours.
I just wanted to write you and tell you that although we don’t agree on the stadium, I appreciate your political passion on this, and I respect the fact that you doggedly defend it. If more people were as politically active as you are, I think this country would be a lot better off.
Hopefully, that’s something we can both agree on.
I would wish you luck this week, but that would mean defeat for me, which would make me damn near disconsolate. Hope you understand.
Been following your exploits on TwinCities.com, the StarTribune, and, more recently, The Deets. All I can say is that you’re a better man than me. It’s amazing the way Vikings fans have been indoctrinated by the team to carry so much water. Your patience and persistence is admirable. I usually follow discussions on the Strib site as _______ and It seems like their readers are more balanced. The TwinCities.com readers are, to be frank, pretty ignorant about the whole stadium situation. You pretty much get abused by people who are “supporting their team” and are then accused of abusing Vikings fans. There’s so much “straw-man” argument on that site I think it’s going to burst into flames one day.
To my main point, I just wanted to send you out an email to thank you and encourage to to continue.
I read the deets this morning and found the “true” cost both astonishing and irritating. Thanks for getting this info out.
I stumbled upon The Deets over the weekend, and I just wanted to say “Thank you!” I have already referenced your columns in arguments with friends and shared articles on Facebook.
I am outraged with the proposed Vikings stadium. From what I can tell in your blog, you are not a fan either. I am a Ramsey County resident, and everyday I see the much needed projects that desperately need funding. The sad irony is that these projects would have direct impact to some of the neediest residents while a new stadium will do little for their cause.
I am writing to ask you what I can do to get involved. What sort of actions are citizens taking to put a halt to the super rich taking money from the super poor in the form of a regressive sales tax? I am reaching out to you because you seem to be a knowledgable, well-connected, and similarly outraged individual.
Thanks for any information you can provide. I will keep checking your blog.
Ed, shut the fuck up. Seriously. You have no idea what the financial situation would be. You can’t read the future, you can only predict. Your methods include nothing but 10 Vikings home games either. What about the rest? It’s sooo fucking sad that you are trying to go to great lengths to sabotage this whole situation which will be unsuccessful anyways. Truly sad. Get a fucking life you hipster douche bag.