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Letters: Legislators, hear the catalytic-converter call

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Letters: Legislators, hear the catalytic-converter call

Legislators, we need catalytic-converter help

While it is gratifying to see that the St. Paul City Council has addressed the issue of catalytic converter thefts, for myself and many others it is too little and too late.

In the middle of last year my car’s converter was stolen while the vehicle was in a locked, underground apartment garage. Later, my RV’s one was taken while it was in a locked, fenced storage lot.

Since these thefts were not in St. Paul, I don’t think this city ordinance would help.

As suggested in the Jan. 20 article, it is hoped that the state will also investigate this problem.

Also, why haven’t the insurance companies made complaints about the lack of laws concerning these thefts?

Alinda Wengenroth, Inver Grove Heights

 

Where the blame belongs

Why do the media blame the president for issues he has no control over? If the Republicans were really interested in preserving our democracy, they would be on board to support the nation’s voting integrity. Evidence of changing voting laws to disenfranchise voters in 19 states is very well known. If they wanted to make sure that we retain our right to vote they would be supporters of the bills.

The two Democrats who oppose ditching the filibuster are not the fault of the president. It seems no matter how much he pleads to change their position they seem to believe the Republicans will come around and negotiate. It isn’t going to happen. And when the Republicans take charge of congress, they will certainly get rid of the filibuster because it will suit their needs.

When you have a public that is brainwashed by pundits and the former president and his political allies concerning vaccines and masking against the procedures, the fault is not Biden’s. The opponents talk about the rights of the individual and are certainly not concerned about the health of the nation’s citizens.

The media should put the blame where it belongs.

Gary Spooner, Cottage Grove

 

Plowing problems

On Friday Jan. 14 we received a snowfall of over 3 inches. The snow emergency routes were plowed but not the side streets.

On Tuesday night, Jan. 18, at 11 p.m. a snowplow came through, four days after the snow fell.

Because no one was notified cars weren’t moved so after the plow came large ridges of snow surrounded the vehicles. Imagine if that is a vehicle belonging to a nurse or doctor attempting to go to work the next morning.

Are we saving money with this “new” snow removal plan? Paying someone to plow at 11 p.m.? Waiting four days after a storm for plow service?

My taxes are going up. Could things maybe improve? Someone in charge needs to address this ineptitude.

Carol Dey, St. Paul

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Heat’s Bam Adebayo says he has more ‘stuff to get mad at’ after All-Defensive vote

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Heat’s Bam Adebayo says he has more ‘stuff to get mad at’ after All-Defensive vote

Another file has been added to Bam Adebayo’s motivation folder.

And, yes, the Miami Heat center is keeping score, while also appreciating that the most important scores are the ones at the ends of each game in these Eastern Conference finals.

Hours after being relegated to the NBA All-Defensive second team, Adebayo spoke ahead of Saturday night’s Game 3 against the Boston Celtics about a different type of one-point decision.

“I appreciated it,” he said, “but like I’ve said, I always feel like I deserve to be first-team. So that’s what it is.”

After consecutive years of being second-team All-Defense, Friday night’s release of the balloting for the 2022 All-Defensive teams showed Adebayo one vote from the 100-member media panel from being part of the first team.

In the weighted system, Adebayo would have tied the Memphis Grizzlies’ Jaren Jackson Jr. for the final first-team spot with one additional second-team vote, and would have supplanted him with an additional first-team vote. As it is, Adebayo received 57 first-place votes to 55 for Jackson in the balloting that was completed before the start of the playoffs.

“Doesn’t matter,” Adebayo said of being on the cusp of the first first-team selection of his five-year career, “because I’m still second team. I’ve got to live with that.”

What it will do, he said, was continue to fuel his fire, noting that he has learned from Heat captain Udonis Haslem to turn slights into success.

“I mean, I’ve tried everything,” he said. “I’m like UD. We find stuff to get mad at. So that’s basically what it is.”

But, Adebayo said, the three consecutive second-team nods means he is a constant in the conversation.

“I mean, I guess the body of work speaks for itself,” he said.

And if it doesn’t, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra spoke up for Adebayo after Saturday morning’s shootaround at TD Garden.

“I feel for him,” Spoelstra said, “because I think he did everything this year to anchor a great defense. And what we do is really unique, being able to switch out a five on all different kinds of players but then also being able to play different schemes.

“Without him, we wouldn’t be able to do a lot of these things. And the most important thing is we had a great defense. So we just have to keep on doing it.”

The Heat closed the regular season with the NBA’s No. 4 defensive net rating.

“I think it’s one of those awards,” Spoelstra said, “I think it’s great for players to strive for that. Even though it’s an individual award, you have to have an effect on your team and winning. Like if we were a 25th-ranked defense, I would tell him you don’t have a shot on being on All-Defense.”

Lessons learned

Celtics forward Grant Williams said Saturday that among players that Tennessee coach Rick Barnes told him to try to emulate in the NBA was Heat power forward P.J. Tucker, who was coached by Barnes at Texas.

“Coach Barnes used to say a lot of times I reminded him of guys like that,” Williams said. “He said [former Heat forward] Jae Crowder, P.J., those are the roles you’ve got to find a way to fit in. And so an honor to be able to compete against him, and not only because he’s playing in the league for as long as he has, but the amount of guys he competed with, and the amount of tenacity and energy that he brings every single night.

“So I guess it’s that Rick Barnes connection that brings the best out of both of us, I guess.”

A bit late

It turns out the Celtics guard Derrick White, who left the series ahead of Thursday night’s Game 2, did not make it back in time for the birth of his son.

White’s family sent him videos of the moment as he traveled, landing in time to watch Game 2 with his expanded family.

“He’s already changed our lives, so it’s been crazy, just sitting with him watching the game, cheering us on from home,” White said of Hendrix James White. “It was cool, and just one of those moments I’ll have forever.”

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Orioles reach two-year agreement with left-hander John Means to avoid arbitration

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Orioles reach two-year agreement with left-hander John Means to avoid arbitration

The Orioles agreed Saturday to a two-year, $5.925 million contract with left-hander John Means to avoid arbitration, an industry source with direct knowledge of the agreement confirmed.

Means, 29, was in his first year of arbitration eligibility and was due to go to a hearing with the Orioles to determine his 2022 salary, deciding between the team’s $2.7 million figure and his suggested $3.1 million. The per-year average of Means’ deal, first reported by The Athletic, is slightly above the midpoint of those values.

Means was the Orioles’ opening day starter this season but made only two starts before undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery. He is expected to return sometime in 2023. He will have one year of arbitration eligibility remaining after this contract.

In addition to calling up top prospect Adley Rutschman, the Orioles on Saturday also reinstated first baseman Ryan Mountcastle from the 10-day injured list, recalled right-hander Mike Baumann and optioned right-hander Logan Gillaspie and left-hander Nick Vespi to Triple-A. Gillaspie and Vespi did not allow a run across their collective first three major league appearances.

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Giants WR Kadarius Toney underwent minor knee procedure, will be ready for camp: sources

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Giants WR Kadarius Toney underwent minor knee procedure, will be ready for camp: sources

Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney had a minor arthroscopic knee procedure, sources say, which is why he’s been in a red jersey on the side at spring OTA practices.

But he is expected to be fine and ready for training camp.

Toney, 23, was on his feet on the sidelines at Thursday’s open practice. He caught some balls off the JUGS machine before practice with fellow rehabbing wideout Sterling Shepard (Achilles).

Veteran receiver Kenny Golladay also wore red and didn’t practice. Head coach Brian Daboll wouldn’t disclose why but suggested that everyone other than O-linemen Nick Gates (leg fracture) and Matt Peart (ACL) is on track for the start of camp.

“I think everybody is moving in the right direction,” Daboll said. “They’ve done a good job. The training staff has really done a good job… I’d say [Gates] and Matt Peart, they’re rehabbing every single day, getting better each day. So we’ll see where they’re at.”

Wide receivers coach Mike Groh said Thursday that Toney is “not running around full speed right now” but assured “he’ll be ready to go” for real football.

Toney missed a lot of time during his rookie offseason last year due to a contract holdout, COVID and foot and hamstring injuries. Then he dealt with a laundry list of injuries in season: a second COVID positive, the hamstring, and an ankle, thumb, quad, oblique and shoulder.

He had encouraging production against the Saints and Cowboys, but he got thrown out of the Dallas loss for throwing a punch and struggled to stay healthy.

The Giants made calls looking to trade Toney in April — and drafted undersized gadget receiver Wan’Dale Robinson in the second round — but the former first-round pick remains on the team.

Offensive coordinator Mike Kafka said Thursday he has enjoyed working with Toney and views him as a playmaker in the Giants’ offense.

“He’s a dynamic player,” Kafka said. “He has play-making ability on the perimeter, inside, downfield, in short area. He’s one of those guys that you look for to make plays for us.”

The team’s offseason program started on April 4. The Daily News reported the team was exploring a trade on April 22. Several outlets confirmed Toney was available. Toney flew into the New York/New Jersey area that weekend and first reported to the facility on April 25.

GM Joe Schoen then said during the NFL Draft that the Giants were not shopping Toney. Now he’s dealing with a minor issue that is not expected to jeopardize his start of camp.

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