We would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone who helped find our son Scott, who was missing over the July 4th holiday. Words cannot describe the appreciation we have for the law enforcement, EMS, and fire and rescue personnel, and for all of the individuals who searched, donated items and offered support. We were overwhelmed by the number of people who stopped what they were doing and rushed to our home to help.
There are so many individuals and businesses involved that we know we will never be able to thank all of them enough. Please know that you are appreciated more than words will ever express. There were also many individuals who were unable to help the search but who gave up prayers to the Lord, and we know in our hearts that those prayers were heard.
A very big thank-you to Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove for her dedication and for helping us hold it together as the hours passed. Sheriff Hove gave us confidence that Scott would be found, and found soon. The entire operation was run smoothly and with precision.
We are forever thankful to our neighbors, because they were the first to begin the search and did not stop. They allowed officials to search their homes and properties.
We are very thankful that Scott is at home with us and his two older brothers. He is recovering well from his bug bites and is returning back to his normal self and routine. We feel very blessed to live in an area with such wonderful community support.
DICK AND BARBARA MEYER, PRESCOTT, WIS.
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It is irrelevant what title Mitt Romney held at Bain other than "sole owner" ("Romney blasts back at Bain Capital attacks," July 15). When you are the sole owner of an enterprise, you establish the operating policies of the business. You hire and fire management. As long as you are the owner, you continue to guide the philosophy under which the business operates.
Each of us can choose what we believe about Romney's direction of Bain:
1) He directly or indirectly led the business throughout his ownership, or;
2) He chose not to lead and left the care of his significant personal asset to others without oversight.
There are thousands of very highly paid corporate executives in the United States who choose not to hold personal assets in Switzerland, Bermuda or Grand Cayman. Romney is an exception; he should explain to America in some detail the tenets of his philosophy regarding avoidance of U.S. income taxes.
JOHN CROWLEY, MINNETONKA
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Well, I suppose we should be grateful to a July 14 letter writer for his candor and honesty. He comes right out and says what many in the Western world have feared but have not dared to admit due to a misplaced sense of liberal tolerance. All the misogyny and theocratic impulses are in full display, as he enlightens us as to the proper attitude of Muslim men regarding women, the totalistic and all-encompassing nature of the Islamic faith as "a complete way of life," and the inherent hostility of Islam to the separation of church and state.
How can we have realistic expectations of cultural integration between Islam and secular democracy if such attitudes are the norm? Why should we tolerate those who use all the inherent freedoms of an open, free society as they advocate for something completely the opposite?
TODD HARVEY, NORTHFIELD, MINN.
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A recent letter writer suggested that our community is prepared to go for the 2024 Olympics based on the availability of TCF Stadium and the new Vikings stadium. He's not quite right, but he's close.
An Olympic stadium requires seating for 80,000 and a running track. Neither stadium meets those requirements. Fortunately, previous bids from New York City in 2012 and San Francisco in 2016 have shown how a new NFL stadium can be designed in a cost-effective manner for temporary conversion into an Olympic stadium. The cost is incurred only after winning a bid. After the games, the stadium reverts to its regular NFL configuration. No white elephants.
There's more good news. Having a credible Olympic stadium solution is a great rarity. Since we're already building a stadium that could easily be designed for conversion, we have an opportunity.
Even more good news: Despite the headlines regarding the economics of Olympic efforts in other countries, Olympics in the United States make money. Los Angeles made more than $200 million (in 1984 dollars). Atlanta, which had to build more venues, made $10 million. There's every reason to believe that a properly managed Minnesota effort would be financially successful.
The Vikings stadium is the last new stadium of its scale we're likely to see in our region for decades. A properly designed stadium can be an asset for bids in 2024, 2028, 2032, 2036, 2040 and beyond. It would be an advantage few other cities could match.
ROBERT JACOBS, BROOKLYN PARK
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Have the politicians raising a furor over the U.S. Olympic team's "Made in China" uniforms checked where their own suits, ties, hats, shoes, underwear, eyeglass frames, cellphones, iPads, iPhones and drywall are made?
S.N. HASAN, MAPLE GROVE
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