Readers Write (April 10): Technology, gun control, Sanford, state bonding

  • Updated: April 9, 2013 - 9:53 PM

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Too many children are online and isolated

I have a growing concern for the younger generations and their addiction to technology. Children are growing up in families where texting each other is the main form of communication. Instead of going outside, getting dirty, and using their imaginations, kids are now sitting inside playing Xbox and PlayStation. By the time they are five years old, many children have a cellphone, iPod, iPad or laptop and know how to use all of them without instruction. This growing need and use of technology is leading our children to isolate themselves. This “new-age” world is destroying interpersonal relationships, especially within families. Yes, technology is important, but so are our families.

We need to bring our children back to life. Something needs to be done to teach parents how to teach their children the proper use and limitations of the Internet.

Caitlyn Hale, Mankato, Minn.

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NRA can arm America if it will cover the costs

I like the National Rifle Association’s proposal to have armed guards in all schools. I think the idea should be taken even further to include armed guards in shopping malls, movie theaters, ballparks and anywhere else people congregate.

I also think that the gun manufacturers, the NRA, Gun Owner’s of America and all the other gun groups should have to pay for the guards to protect the public.

RAY McMAHON, Cottage Grove

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OK, we know 90 percent of Americans favor expanded background checks to purchase guns, and we can’t even get a vote? Voting has more than one level. If a vote is not possible, the Senate should vote on cloture. If that fails, the media should step up and publish the names of every senator voting against it. I suspect with this clarity facing them, we might get honest representation. And if it succeeds but the bill is voted down, again publish names of all voting against it. We should not let our representatives hide without voting. But more important, the public needs to know who does what. And the Fourth Estate needs to step up.

Darrell Egertson, Bloomington

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