For children’s sake, society must change
Thank you for the moving editorial regarding gun control (“We said it would be different this time,” April 7). This page should be pasted to the desks of our voting representatives in St. Paul and Washington. They need to be reminded of our loss. Promises, threats or money from lobbyists will never replace these lives or those that may be lost in the future.
JANE HELLAND, Bloomington
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I was moved by your photographic tribute to the Newtown victims. Thank you for making at least one reader remember and recommit to a national, full-fledged gun-control bill banning automatic weapons and magazines larger than 10 bullets.
MARGOT FORTUNATO GALT, St. Paul
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You should be ashamed of yourselves for using Newtown’s victims as props for an antigun message. Many of these tragedies are perpetrated by deranged people who should have been incarcerated. Until something is done about dangerous people, rather than “dangerous” weapons, we are likely to see more of this needless human carnage. If our government continues to ignore this problem, the only way to protect students will be to increase police or security guards at our schools.
BOB MAGINNIS, Edina
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If not Newtown, what will make it different?
JIM SCHEIBEL, St. Paul
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A former governor’s criticisms draw support
Former Gov. Arne Carlson’s critique of the University of Minnesota’s “bloat” is correct (“A skewed U,” April 7). I obtained a degree from the U in 1973, when paying for education by working was easy. These days, the salaries those in this bloated administrative fiefdom pay themselves seem criminal — a direct theft from Minnesota students who fall into horrible debt to pay tuition. In addition to obscene salaries, lavish pensions are awarded to administrators — “richer than the average” university employee. It’s high time to vote out the politicians who allowed this travesty to happen.
RICHARD BOROTZ, Chanhassen
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