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Unfortunately, to get elected, politicians make promises they can’t keep, and they’re too busy with almost full-time campaigning to provide any meaningful oversight of anything. Until elected officials limit government to doing what it’s supposed to do under federal and state constitutions, and leave everything else up to the individual or private enterprise, the fiscal sinkhole will continue to grow.
Wes Mader, Prior Lake
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Our justice system does judge by degree
Justice not tempered with mercy is so inhumane that the U.S. justice system recognizes, for example, the differences between murder, manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter, and judges accordingly.
Surely an elderly woman who forgets her absentee vote and votes again is not in the same felonious league as a person who stuffs a ballot box or runs from precinct to precinct trying to vote more than once (“Elderly St. Peter woman’s two votes now a felony charge,” March 8).
A March 28 letter writer who infers a chain of more and more heinous crimes of forgetfulness from the act of forgetting an absentee ballot and concludes that “forgetfulness should not be accepted as an excuse for breaking any laws” has not internalized our justice system.
Elaine Frankowski, Minneapolis
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Hit it on the sweet spot, or it’ll sting
As of this writing, the forecast high for Opening Day at Target Field on Monday is 31 degrees. Any chance we could use the Dome instead?
Dave Porter, Minneapolis
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