Jonathan Zimmerman's column on the Wisconsin recall elections reeks of sour grapes ("No mulligans over policies, please," May 16). When Democrats believed voters were on the same side as the public-employee unions, they were gung-ho for the recall campaign.
Now that it appears there's a strong possibility the Democrats might lose, they're trying to disengage from the process. If Zimmerman believed recall elections were a bad idea, he would have written the column when signatures were being collected instead of staying silent until three weeks before the vote.
ROSALIND KOHLS, GLENCOE
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The parents of the Southwest High School students who are upset that sophomores aren't being allowed at the prom need to get a grip ("Formal complaints," May 16). Is this really what they worry about? That a child cannot wear her "first long dress" to a dance because she is too young to attend?
And that this is unfair? No. What's unfair is that there are thousands of students in Minnesota who are hungry or homeless because their families don't have the $200 parents spent on a dress to be worn at one special occasion.
Shame on the Star Tribune for making this a news story. There are a lot more issues that deserve our attention.
KIM RATHJEN, EDEN PRAIRIE
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A suggestion to the U.S. Postal Service to improve its finances: Charge the same rate for the bushels of junk delivered to my rural mailbox that a business is charged to send me a bill, which I them pay through the mail. This should also please the "green" movement, as it would reduce the number of trees cut to make the paper to print the worthless junk that I throw in the trash unopened so it can be sent to a landfill.
BRUCE GRANGER, WEST CONCORD, MINN.
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A letter was correct in saying that Jesus gave Peter the keys to the kingdom and commissioned him to establish the church (Readers Write, May 3). But contrary to the letter, Jesus did not write a blank check endorsing everything the church would ever say or do.
That's fortunate, because the church has done some regrettable things down through the ages: supporting the inquisitions, insisting the sun circles the earth and prolonging racial segregation. Now some churches are fighting gay marriage, a stance that no doubt ultimately will be considered morally bereft and totally unnecessary.
Churches are free, of course, to take that position, but they do not speak for Jesus. Neither Jesus nor the Gospel writers mentioned homosexuality, even though they certainly were familiar with the subject.
Let's give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that omission was intentional, contrary to the letter writer's view. So if churches really want to follow the master's footsteps they, too, should fall silent and stay out of the crusade against gay marriage.
GREGOR PINNEY, MINNEAPOLIS
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The requirement that the Minneapolis City Council approval was needed for the stadium to be a done deal was buried in a single sentence in paragraph 12 ("Stadium's 'fun part' begins now," May 13).
It would have made more sense to discuss that vote first, since the article was about what comes next for the stadium. Was this the Star Tribune's subtle way of expressing its disdain for the council?
Or maybe it was a warning to members not to even think about derailing the process. For reasons left unexplained, a referendum limiting stadium expenditures can't prevent this deal. Polls show that a large majority of voters don't want to fund stadiums. The governor and Legislature knew this, but didn't care.
That leaves the City Council as the taxpayers' last line of defense. Council members: Sports team extortions have got to stop somewhere -- why not with us? We already have lakes, a rich theater and music culture, and three other publicly funded, losing major-league sports teams.
It's not like we're Green Bay. Losing the Vikings would not equate to losing our identity. I love football, and fall would not be the same without the Vikes. I even still miss the North Stars, but life goes on.
KATHY VITTUM, NORTH ST. PAUL
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Gov. Mark Dayton can now step aside and let a real economist (Zygi Wilf) run Minnesota. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will soon be able to go back to buying $50,000 water fountains. I dare say that neither one has any idea how rich pro football owners are. However, they proved that pro sports are out of hand and owners pretty much get what they want.
JOHN R. KOVACH, NEVIS, MINN.
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I'm truly sorry that Robert and Amanda Fletcher lost their son, but I believe in-home day cares are being unfairly targeted as a source of infant deaths ("Asleep at day care, and in deadly peril," May 6). Where are the statistics that show the number of infants being cared for at in-home facilities vs. child care centers?
Being that there are at least 9,500 more in-home facilities, it's only logical that there are going to be higher numbers of SIDS-related deaths at in-home day care. Why weren't there any statistics given about how many infants die of SIDS in their own homes?
It's important to have the full story.
I have been an in-home provider for more than 23 years and take exception to the way this article was written. While there are providers who don't follow the rules and possibly have had infants die because of that, there are also providers who do follow the guidelines, and infants still die from SIDS.
It's a tragedy, no matter what the circumstances. But please don't be afraid of in-home day care. The majority of operators are good, well-trained providers.
SUSAN KROGEN, MINNEAPOLIS
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