Readers Write (March 23): Sexual abuse, orchestra, weather, guns, marriage

  • Updated: March 22, 2013 - 6:12 PM
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SEXUAL ABUSE

Downside to ending statute of limitations

I’m glad for efforts to champion the rights of victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue their abusers past the six-year statute of limitations (“End the statute of limitations on civil child sex abuse cases,” March 20). But consider the collateral damage this may cause to child care centers, schools and congregations if the liability of organizations for this abuse is extended indefinitely.

When so many of us are laboring to help ready children for kindergarten, succeed in school and extend their education past high school, I’m afraid the cost of insurance will simply be prohibitive, and many such organizations, particularly those serving children in the inner cities, will have to shut down operations. Children will suffer.

GARY REIERSON, St. Louis Park

The writer is a retired president of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches.

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MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA

Gridlock over contract hurts Minnesota

The Minnesota Orchestra now has canceled almost its whole 2012-13 season (“Orchestra’s entire season is in jeopardy,” March 21). Management says the musicians haven’t presented a counter to their initial proposed contract. This is clearly disingenuous, since management has never followed through on its own pledge to work with the musicians to establish a common understanding of the organization’s financial condition. Apparently, maintaining the present quality of the orchestra is not a priority.

TOM JONES, Roseville

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The late great conductor Robert Shaw delivered a speech at a Westminster Forum in Minneapolis on the 300th birthday of J.S. Bach in 1985. The last two sentences seem particularly relevant to our present situation: “Administrators, advisers, supporters and friends of the arts in the Twin Cities, and particularly of that orchestra called Minnesota, hold fast to the joys and responsibilities of the creative, liberating arts for man in all of his glory is only clothed by such as these. And without them there soon would be nobody to clothe.”

HENRY CHARLES SMITH, Eden Prairie

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LONG WINTER

Some people don’t have a right to whine

I can relate to the negative impact this long winter is having on our collective mood, but I question a reporter’s choice of writing about an Andover woman (“Winter without end,” March 19) who’d just returned from her honeymoon in Hawaii and was upset with the continuing snow and cold weather in Minnesota. Well, on behalf of the people who have slogged through every single day of winter without a voyage to a warm island, let me just play the world’s saddest song on the world’s smallest violin.

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