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I believe as a citizen of Minneapolis/Saint Paul how the two cities should be merged. We have wasted a lot of taxpayer money trying to feed the egos of both cities and their officials due to this Twin City rivalry.

Examples of the wastefulness of this rivalry include:

Two athletic arenas. Most markets have only one athletic arena for their hockey and basketball teams, and that includes Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago, larger markets than the Twin Cities.

Two library systems. Both central libraries cost their taxpayers an arm and a leg. Also, if both library systems merged, we'd have easier access to a larger supply of books.

Two city councils with two highly-paid mayors, both competing against each other economically.

Two major post offices.

Having separate cities waters down the influence of both cities. If both cities (As well as some of their urban suburbs) merged into one city, they would have a greater clout politically and economically rather than just be two small, fractured cities with two different congressmen.

Many might fight the proposal by saying both cities have their individual cultures, however, in the age of mass media and mass transit, the distinct cultures have been blurred Minneapolis and Saint Paul being two entirely different and distinct cities only exists on paper these days with the advent of mass media and travel. We share the same TV stations, the same radio stations and also the same transit system. We're sharing the same Republican National Convention in 2008.

Even our sports teams, despite being based in Saint Paul and Minneapolis, are called the "Minnesota" Vikings and the "Minnesota" Wild instead of the Minneapolis Vikings and the Saint Paul Wild.

Historical precedence indicates that other twin cities usually merge, as in the case of Buda and Pest, Hungary, Winston and Salem, North Carolina, Brooklyn and New York, New York, Victoria City and Kolkwoon, which later became Hong Kong. They all merged after they also realized that they couldn't have a fractured community. And even locally, many clubs and societies that have had a Minneapolis and Saint Paul chapter have merged into one big chapter, due to sheer economics. Also, Minneapolis itself used to be part of a Twin City conglomerate, before it merged with the city of Saint Anthony, Minnesota.

Advantages of merging the two cities together.

Saving of taxpayer money by having one political body for both cities instead of two.

No more of the cities wasting money on two projects for both cities when they can just concentrate on one project for the entire area.

Increased political and economic clout.

Saint Paul can stop whining when the entire region is referred to as "Minneapolis". (Hehe)

Sign this petition if you believe both cities should merge.

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Lilia CarsonBy:
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