Heh, my half page editorial... Here's the text if anyone's interested in reading it Last fall I put forth a proposal to the Duluth City Council to permit the operation of my small, efficient, versatile vehicle on Duluth streets. Known as a “Mini Truck” this vehicle achieves close to 40 mpg despite being a four wheel drive truck, exceeds EPA emissions requirements and would qualify for LEV status if it were tested. Last year my proposal was defeated narrowly by Council members citing safety concerns should I be involved in an accident. Mini Trucks are small as the name suggests, weighing in at 1300 pounds. Since that time I have worked with State Senators to implement a state wide permitting process that was also narrowly defeated with opponents again citing safety concerns. I am writing this letter to the editor to express my frustration with what I believe to be excessive and unnecessary supposed concern over my personal safety. If State and local officials were actually concerned with my personal safety I wouldn’t be able to ride the motorcycle that I use all summer long to commute from my home in Wrenshall to my job in downtown Duluth. As of today I have ridden over 4000 miles this summer and the state doesn’t even require the use of a helmet. If the safety of motorists was truly a concern to the Duluth City Council, wouldn’t the parking enforcement vehicles that are utilized year round be subject to the same concerns? Doesn’t the City Council believe that the safety of the city employees who work watering plants and maintaining parks driving utility vehicles that don’t even have DOT certified tires is as important as my safety? Every day I see parking enforcement vehicles and maintenance UTV’s being operated on the streets all over the city and I wonder how these are different from the vehicle I own. Since the difference is certainly not the size or safety of the vehicle I am led to believe the difference is that the City Council deems the safety of City employees to be less important than my safety. I would like to thank the officials in Carlton County who passed such an ordinance at my request last year for their open-mindedness, support of personal freedom and accountability as well as their common sense.