Readers Write (April 6-7): NRA, airline mergers, taxes, Megabus, military, North Korea, marriage, U smokers

  • Updated: April 5, 2013 - 6:27 PM
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GUN VIOLENCE

NRA plan would hurt school programs

The report sponsored by National Rifle Association that was released this week calls for an armed guard in every school (“NRA study suggests trained, armed school staffers,” April 2). How can cash-strapped schools afford this? The most obvious way is to cut so-called frills from the curriculum, by replacing a music instructor who teaches tooting with an armed guard trained in shooting, or replacing the art teacher with an NRA-recommended guard skilled in a different way to “draw.” Our domestic arms race continues.

STEVE R. MARQUARDT, Lake Lillian, Minn.

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AIRLINE MERGERS

They can strengthen carriers in need of help

If the American Airlines/US Airways merger is not allowed, American would need to find another way to emerge from Chapter 11 (“What’s the upside of airline mergers?” editorial, April 2). United Airlines terminated pension payments. The government-backed pensions are now paid by taxpayers. American Airlines could do the same. The American/US Airways merger is a positive step for taxpayers. The federal government isn’t in a position to foot the bill for another major airline’s pensions.

DOROTHY ANDERSON, Osseo

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TAX MATTERS

Fix code and boost benefit programs

It was refreshing and encouraging to read Jim Graves’ commentary about our tax code (“A broken tax code, and how we can fix it,” Business Forum, March 25). He clearly identified the problem, has good ideas about how to fix it and, I believe, the intelligence and gumption to get the conversation going. Graves quoted Adam Smith’s tenets of good tax policy: simplicity, efficacy, certainty and equality. He says we currently have none of these. We all know the tax code needs to be changed, and now we have someone who can do it. Let’s get behind this energetic and creative mind.

MARY ANN HOPPE, Maple Plain

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It’s important to increase the payroll tax for Social Security and the Medicare tax. This would stabilize the two programs. It’s unclear to me why the payroll tax is as low as it is. Certainly, Medicare needs more money. I don’t see the logic in reducing benefits for either of these programs.

GARY MILLER, Hibbing, Minn.

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