Orchestra dispute sparks partisan passion

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  • Updated: December 1, 2012 - 6:38 PM

Readers weigh in on both sides of the Minnesota Orchestra lockout. Here's a sampling of comments as the orchestra -- which has canceled all concerts through the end of the year -- prepares to hold its annual meeting Thursday.

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lee4713Dec. 1, 12 6:26 PM

The Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA) recently rewrote its mission statement and removed the word "orchestra" from it entirely. So, to say that the "Minnesota Orchestra" (by which I'm assuming the MOA) has to support its mission - well, that mission now seems to exclude any actual orchestra. As for why the musicians have not - supposedly- submitted a "counterproposal", see their website at www.minnesotaorchestramusicians.org for their reasons. There is a lot of complicated legal stuff going on.

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jimjimjimjimDec. 1, 12 6:36 PM

Let it go. No more concerts. Who cares except for a few thousand people who should be paying the full amount to fund this just like football fans and baseball fans should fund the new stadiums 100%.

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th3171Dec. 1, 12 7:08 PM

Before all of the anti-union rsnts commence, try to pick up an instrument and carry a tune---wait, you can't.

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supervon2Dec. 1, 12 8:22 PM

Once again a union will take us from world-class to world-classless.

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sharkysharkDec. 1, 12 9:45 PM

Looks like a simple math problem. There aren't enough orchestra patrons to support the costs.

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mnpls123Dec. 2, 12 7:22 AM

The orchestra folks should remember the value they add to society, which is that of entertainers, and at that they are the bottom of the pile except to the few thousand who sleep through their shows. If they went away people will just find alternative entertainment, which they apparently have already done from looking at the attendance.

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