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The U ranks 68th on U.S. News & World Report’s list of best national universities. It ranks seventh in its relevant peer group — the original Big Ten — and the president’s salary is third-highest in this group. Given the Byzantine nature of administrative compensation, and the fact that no one seriously considers a correlation between pay and the quality of work for this class of employees, the data suggest a starting place for discussion. Let’s ask some students or debt-laden graduates for their thoughts.
JOHN AMMERMAN, St. Louis Park
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I’m a graduate of the U who cannot thank Carlson enough for being so objective and honest. He is, without a doubt, on the mark.
BILL PLANTE, Edina
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The state’s debate seems never-ending
As I read comments from around the state on the debate over gay marriage, it appears that we need to revisit all state laws pertaining to marriage (“Nowhere to hide in marriage fight,” April 7). Opponents consistently say that marriage is for children with a mother and a father. Following that line of thinking, let’s be consistent in our marriage laws: no marriage for women beyond child bearing age or for men who are impotent; no divorce if a couple has children, and having a child outside of marriage becomes a punishable crime.
RON HOPFENSPERGER, Minneapolis
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As Voltaire said, “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” In the context of gay marriage, “I do not agree with the principle of gay marriage, but I will defend your right to marry.” This is the core of American liberty. A vote for marriage equality is not necessarily an approval of gay unions. It is an affirmation of the American founding principle of liberty for all.
LISA A. WASSERMAN, Minneapolis
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Why are lawmakers being standoffish?
Perhaps the Mayo Clinic should propose a multimillion-dollar sports complex on its site. Officials might have better luck getting money out of the Legislature (“Mayo Clinic CEO to Minn.: 49 states want us,” April 10).
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