Readers Write (March 21): Health exchange, bullying, wages and tips, farming, spring

  • Updated: March 20, 2013 - 8:02 PM

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The business interests had their chance

I’m a self-employed, business-owning, job-creating, right-leaning independent who has been waiting for years for a competitive health insurance exchange. For a service that would offer competing plans to help me shop for the best insurance at the best value for the price. Guess what? The market has not been interested in providing that option.

Now, state Rep. Jim Abeler writes to complain about not being included in the decisions to create Minnesota’s heath exchange program (“More cost. Lower quality. Less choice,” March 20). He complains that job creators at the Chamber of Commerce and other Big Business special interests have been left out of the process. Where the heck have they been for, well, forever?

I encourage Abeler and other elected Republicans who rail against Obamacare to lead by example and demonstrate the magic of our free market by shopping, evaluating and purchasing their own health insurance with their own money. At that point, they could truly be champions and patriots of the free-market system, and their words and positions would really mean something.

Wade Russell, St. Anthony

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In essence, some are leaping to its defense

Let’s agree: The antibullying forces have, on occasion, classified boys-will-be-boys and girls-will-be-girls behavior as bullying. Too much coddling. OK.

But the folks on the other side have become downright incoherent. So in the interests of rational dialogue, can we all at least agree to these two principles?

1) Just because it’s always been like this doesn’t make it good. Yes, bullies have always beaten up smaller kids and stolen their lunch money. Does that make it a tradition worth preserving?

2) If we’re talking about something that, done by an adult to another adult, would be classified as a felony, it’s bullying. At least. See “beat up smaller kid and steal lunch money” if you need an example.

If we can all agree to these two points, maybe we can have a productive discussion about subtler issues like cyberbullying, instead of the current shouting match.

Bob Lewis, Eden Prairie

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