It’s easy to see where some people come from
You can bet your bottom dollar that the people who oppose increasing taxes on the rich will be the same ones against raising the minimum wage (“Most want tax hike only on wealthy,” March 3).
TIMOTHY J. O’BRIEN, Minneapolis
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Keep weapons, but work against violence
I wish that gun owners would help lead America to a safer future. But first some will have to face their fears that the government wants to take their guns away. No one wants to take the guns they use for hunting or self-defense. I say to gun owners: Acquire a gun for every family member, for every hunting purpose, for every building that you own, for every perceived threat. Then come help America reduce gun violence. We cannot save America without you.
JOHN DEITERING, Buffalo, Minn.
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Railways are not the answer in these parts
Canadian and Bakken crude oil will get to the southern refineries one way or another (“Canadian oil finds new pathway,” March 4). So, Mr. President, come to the Twin Cities and watch 1 million gallons of crude oil cross over the Mississippi River via rail every day. Then you might make an informed decision about the need and safety of the Keystone XL pipeline. Do you want to spill on land in Nebraska or have a tank car accident through Minneapolis and St. Paul? Not in my back yard, please!
STEPHEN JOHNSON, New Brighton
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Let’s try a new, more productive approach
The root of the immigration problem is both a failure of neighboring country economies to supply adequate employment, and the desire for cheap labor by U.S. employers. It’s in our interest to assist with more rapid economic development in neighboring countries. It is also in our long-term interest to recognize that children of low-wage immigrant workers have no desire to pursue the jobs of their parents, leading to an endless cycle of hiring new low-wage immigrants to replace the previous generation. It’s time to pay adequately for difficult work, and to provide and strongly enforce the use of a reliable worker-status verification system for employers. We will pay more for fruits and vegetables, but less for services for families with no health care or retirement savings.
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