Thanks for the detailed report on the alleged criminal negligence involving salmonella-tainted peanut butter (“4 indicted in fatal peanut outbreak,” Feb. 22). I hope readers remember this story the next time they hear somebody talk about “unnecessary” government regulation.
Steven Schild, Winona, Minn.
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All students involved deserve punishment
The actions of the brawling students at Minneapolis South High School were irresponsible and immature (“Food fight erupts into melee at South H.S.,” Feb. 15). These students showed a complete lack of respect for rules and socially accepted behavior. All students involved should be held responsible and suspended or expelled for the remainder of the school year. It seems those in the Somali community are quick to point fingers at everybody but themselves. I’m sure the tension leading up to the event was caused by all involved. They should all be punished equally.
KEITH CONVERSE, Loretto, Minn.
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It’s critical as teens search for identities
Joanna Weiss suggests that Facebook is a pointless waste of the public’s time (“The trouble with Facebook is the people,” Feb. 11). She states that “61 percent of Facebook users have taken a Facebook vacation” at some point. I’m pretty sure a large portion of the other 39 percent is made up of teens who do not consider Facebook pointless but an integral part of life. At this stage in our lives, our main goal is establishing ourselves in the social network and finding our place in this world. We use Facebook as a tool in this critical period.
ALEXA AKRE, Falcon Heights
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No, a woman’s place should not be limited
The writer who said that changing the bylaws at University of St. Thomas to allow a noncleric to be president is a slap in the face to the nation’s Catholic priests reflected an old, anti-woman mind-set (Readers Write, Feb. 20). How just is it to imply that the job should not go to a woman as long as there is any qualified man available, or that this woman would not care for the students’ spiritual well-being as well as the university’s performance?
DAVID MILLER, Mendota Heights
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