Readers Write (March 30): Prom dresses, Denny Hecker, slain teen, stadium, guns and teen, NYPD, biking, gay marriage

  • Updated: March 30, 2013 - 8:14 AM

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Before spending big bucks, consider options

Where do you think those gorgeous, expensive prom dresses that are enjoyed, or not, for one eventful evening end up (“A guide to the best prom ever,” March 28)? Thrift stores and consignment shops — at a fraction of the original price. There also are organizations that provide help in the prom department (find those online). All prospective promgoers should make a fun day checking out these places before heading to an expensive department store.

SUE KEARNS, Minneapolis

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We don’t need to hear about his every move

How long do we need to endure reports about the extensive money being spent to move Denny Hecker all over the country (“What a long, strange trip it’s getting to be for Denny Hecker,” March 27)? I don’t know about other readers, but I’ve seen all the “Where’s Denny?” stories I need to see. I don’t care where he is or what he’s doing as long as it’s time for his crimes. He’s a common thief, so treat him like any other.


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She’s a victim, so why highlight her faults?

I don’t understand what Brittany Clardy’s minor brushes with the law have to do with her brutal murder (“Family, friends struggle with St. Paul teen’s slaying,” March 27). In a tragedy of this magnitude, what is the point of dragging out every last traffic incident and curfew break? Let the family grieve in peace without trying to pin her actions to the cause of her death.

HEIDI SELTZ, Minneapolis

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Against abortion, yet favor assault weapons?

I was raised an evangelical Christian and have great respect for people of all faiths who work to preserve the sanctity of human life. I’m confused, however, by some who call themselves Christians. They use the Bible’s commandment against killing to protest legalized abortion but also quote the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment as if it were Scripture. It seems inconsistent to claim “prolife” values but argue against efforts to limit sales of assault weapons, handguns and high-capacity magazines. These weapons have no use other than the destruction of human life.

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