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I was named after my great-grandfather, who immigrated from Norway in 1881. Even though I’m a fourth-generation American, my immigrant roots have always been an important part of my identity.
Two years ago, I moved back to Minnesota after having lived in Chicago for 12 years. I was grateful for the diversity in Chicago, and grateful when our home finally sold to a young Latino family.
Immigration makes our country strong and our economy strong. It is time we have comprehensive, sensible immigration reform. Immigrants must have a reasonable pathway to citizenship. Families should be united, not torn apart. And immigrant labor should be rewarded, not exploited.
I want to thank U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota for the leadership they provide for our state. I urge them both to continue that strong leadership on behalf of all Minnesotans, including our newest neighbors and future neighbors.
Lars Negstad, Minneapolis
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WASHBURN HIGH SCHOOL
Principal’s dismissal sends troubling message
After reading the April 12 article “Washburn principal is ousted after turmoil” I was confused. Why exactly was Carol Markham-Cousins removed from her post? Was it because she was the senior school administrator when students protested issues related to the athletic director? Was it because of dissatisfaction by parents over her “insistence on equity in class offerings?” Was she seen to have lost control of the school, or was it that she tried too hard to keep control?
As I read the last paragraph of the article, I became especially concerned. I realize that it is only one parent who was quoted, but the message that’s being sent to students is that if they don’t like something about an administrator in their school, they will be praised for staging protests that lead to the ouster of that administrator.
Terry Hammink, Minneapolis
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In ‘visionary’ proposal, what about patients?
State. Rep. Jim Abeler claims that the University of Minnesota-Fairview Health Services and Mayo Clinic proposals offer a visionary path to greatness (“Minnesotans, let’s open our eyes and think big about health care,” April 15). In reality, Sanford Health, U-Fairview and Mayo are offering more of the same, just bigger.
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