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Continued: Readers Write (April 2): North Korea, GMO food labels, college sports funding, valedictorians

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Jim Riddle, Winona

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Why don’t makers of GMO-free foods just continue to label their products as such for concerned consumers and leave the broader market out of it? This would save the massive cost and effort to label every product containing GMO. It seems to work fine for organic foods.

Michael Tillemans, Minneapolis

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Most people don’t read or understand the labels we already have. If they did, we would not have so much obesity and diabetes because of the excessive carbohydrate consumption from sugar, white flour, white rice and pasta. It’s not rocket science.

Jerry Flugaur, Maple Grove

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COLLEGE SPORTS

Most teams, not just women’s, are a drain

A March 31 letter writer stated that women’s sports are money-losers for the University of Minnesota, but the Gopher women’s hockey team, with its perfect season, no doubt put money in the U’s coffers and probably a lot more money than the men’s tennis or golf programs.

In reality, pretty much any sport that is not football or men’s basketball, with their strong revenue streams, is going to have trouble making money for most Division I universities and colleges. That is why cash-strapped University of Maryland desperately needed to join the Big Ten conference, with its billion-dollar television contracts.

Don’t blame women’s sports or Title IX for the U’s woes. Blame the very low number of true money-making college sport teams.

William Cory Labovitch, South St. Paul

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VALEDICTORIANS

Much emphasis on a title and fairness

I read with interest the story of Elk River’s valedictorian selection process. I, too, had a daughter who finished with a 4.0, top in her class, and a 36 on her ACTs. However, her school had the rule that it would not appoint a valedictorian.

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