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I agree that manufacturing creates wealth, but the letter writer left out one critical factor. What creates the need for more manufacturing? The simple answer is customers. If no one has the ability to buy a product, any product, there is no need to manufacture. This explains why sometimes even capitalism needs to be kick-started by government.
We don’t have a lack of wealth in this country, there’s plenty of it, but it’s all concentrated at the top. Shrinking wages for the rest of us mean shrinking demand, meaning less manufacturing … and the spiral continues.
George Richard, New Richmond, Wis.
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The state’s money would be well-spent
I’m surprised at the strength of opposition to the Mayo Clinic’s for $500 million in infrastructure. Here are a few good reasons in favor of the state expenditure: First, Mayo is offering to spend 10 times what it’s asking of the public. Second, it’s asking for freeway and other infrastructure work that it cannot do itself. (Ever see a business build its own freeway ramp?) Third, the public sector provides infrastructure in support of new private investment all the time. (Have you seen the rebuilt freeway ramps for Best Buy’s headquarters in Richfield?) Fourth, it’s the Mayo. We blithely talk about world-class this and world-class that — Mayo truly is world-class. Its private investment will more than repay our public one.
Deb Jensen, Maple Grove
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If it feels even a bit like diplomacy, it is
Is the diplomacy of mockery ever helpful? No, it’s not. “Rodman in DPRK” is a perfectly fine move. One would think that the United States demands that its ring must be kissed before there can be a relationship. Why can’t we just try to do the right thing for everyone? All the Great Leader wants is a wee bit of respect and a little attention. I think we can spare it.
North Korea will evolve with more exposure to the world. We make this same mistake over and over. Really — there is nothing to lose with a smile. The mocking disrespect is a blunder. As for starvation, nearly 40,000 people die every day from lack of food in this world. Helping nations like this with a little food support, delivered in an honorable way, would be a cheap way to build sincere friendship.
Robert Perschmann, Chaska
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