Don’t punish taxpayers for being successful
I agree with Lori Sturdevant that the modern Minnesota economy is making the rich richer and the poor more numerous (“Tax rates relate to the elevator of opportunity,” March 17). The reason is that the very wealthy, such as the governor’s family, can weather the recession, tax hikes and burdensome regulations, while the rest of us cannot. Taxing the rich does nothing to help us. The state needs policies that will increase my spending power and help me move up in the financial ranks The obsessive focus on income inequality is ridiculous. In fact, I hope it expands. Let the rich get richer!
KAREN MARKOWITZ, Stillwater
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Differing views of the problem, solution
Critics of the excellent “Young and Armed” Star Tribune series offer Chicago, home to some of the nation’s worst gun violence, as an example of the ineffectiveness of tough gun-control laws (“A gun at 14, then a senseless killing,” March 17). They’re right, because just outside Chicago, guns remain largely available for import into the city, demonstrating the ineffectiveness of varying and uncoordinated municipal laws. The obvious solution is tighter gun-control laws nationwide. These critics also complain that the newspaper ought to be focusing on gangs, not guns. Do you know what they call a gang without guns? A club.
ROBERT ALBERTI, Minneapolis
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I grew up in a gun culture, too, but my story is quite different. I got my first gun, a single-shot 20-gauge shotgun, on my 13th birthday. I was taught gun safety and marksmanship by my father, uncles, older cousins, the Boy Scouts, and at a class at the local National Guard Armory. Students often spent an hour or two in a duck slough before high school, then left shotguns, shells and their dead ducks in cars in the school parking lot. Nobody ever brought a weapon to a party; nobody ever got shot. The difference for me was having adult guidance in using firearms and in human morals. Passing ever more gun laws or blaming the NRA is not the answer.
DEAN C. NELSON, Mounds View
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Anniversary is time for sober reflection on cost
The invasion of Iraq resulted in loss of the nation’s credibility; the death or murder of 150,000 civilians; a sense of betrayal and deception on the part of our government, and the squandering of at least $600 billion, equating to at least $2,000 for every American.
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