Readers Write (March 16): Bullies, economy, special ed, taxes, guns, immigration, Keystone XL, conclave

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ANTIBULLYING BILL

D.C. columnist doesn’t understand Minnesota

George Will apparently is clueless about what’s been happening in Anoka County (“Watch where you’re pointing that Pop-Tart,” March 10). He seems to think that the state’s antibullying legislation is about 7-year-olds who make their Pop-Tarts into the shape of guns and 5-year-olds with bubble guns. He owes an apology to the parents of children who have died as a result of bullying, and to the Legislature for trivializing this important work.

DAVID M. PERLMAN, New Hope

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They call each other names, pick fights, provoke, intimidate and bully one other constantly. I’m talking about our legislators, who then have the audacity to write antibullying legislation for Minnesota’s schoolchildren. These days, the real children are at the State Capitol, where the motto seems to be, “Do as I say, not as I do.”

DAVID HALSEY, Maple Grove

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U.S. ECONOMY

Obama must be doing a few things right

I must have just awakened from a long winter’s nap. Obviously, Mitt Romney must have won last November’s presidential election. The stock market has already hit an all-time high. The housing recovery is firmly underway. Nearly a million new homes may be built this year. U.S. auto sales in February showed the fourth straight month of seasonally adjusted sales above 15 million vehicles for the first time since 2008. Even the unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest level since December 2008. It’s amazing how fast a strong leader can create jobs can turn our economy around.

DON HABERMAN, Orono

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SPECIAL EDUCATION

Don’t underestimate potential of children

The letter writer who suggests that special education not be offered to “kids who are so disabled they can’t learn” is sadly ignorant (Readers Write, March 10). The vast majority of special education students do learn and, with proper support, become productive members of society. The notion that we’re spending a lot of money in public schools trying to educate the uneducable is false. To get to the root of the problem in funding requires only a brief look at the federal government, home of the unfunded mandate.

JOHN HETTERICK, Plymouth

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