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Give him some credit where credit is due
Clearly, Hennepin County Board Member Jeff Johnson is running for governor in 2014. In his diatribe against Gov. Mark Dayton over the Vikings stadium funding troubles (“Call for repairs,” April 2), Johnson tries to sound bipartisan when including his Republican Party’s shared responsibility for passing the stadium legislation, then immediately shifts everything post-stadium-vote onto Dayton’s shoulders.
But then Johnson most disingenuously compares the stadium fiasco to Dayton’s compliance with federally established, U.S. Supreme Court-sanctioned health care improvements for all Minnesotans as “engineering a state-run health insurance exchange that will dramatically change the way Minnesotans purchase health care.”
Well, duh. That’s the whole intent of the law. Dayton is showing leadership in getting ahead of it, and, indeed, is not letting the federal government come in and establish its own version of the health exchange, which by all accounts would cost us even more.
Kevin Driscoll, St. Paul
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U.S. should be direct with its response
If there has ever been a case for a preemptive strike, this must be it (“U.S. should be careful with its responses,” Readers Write, April 2). I need not reiterate the threats. They are more than clear. Are we to wait until something evil happens, and then respond? I think not. There is a 28-year-old dictating the future of the world.
Isn’t a good offense a part of a good defense? Lock and load. I have nothing against 28-year-olds, but I fail to understand how the tail can wag the dog.
Where are China, Japan, and South Korea on this issue? These are all economic powerhouses. Why is the ball in our court only?
H.M.Gabriel, Brooklyn Center
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'YOU DON’T SAY’
Thank you so much; I really get it now
At the bottom of L.K. Hanson’s “You Don’t Say” cartoon on the Opinion Exchange page April 1, we are urged to “figure it out and do something about it now” after learning that charming people never vote Republican and tedious people never vote Democratic. We also are told that charming people like to try new experiences; enjoy dogs and cats, and read novels, whereas Republican voters (i.e., the tedious) do none of those things.
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