Readers Write (April 22): Schaffhausen case, political discourse, guns, taconite mining

  • Updated: April 21, 2013 - 5:35 PM

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There is no vengeance like an editorialist’s

Thank you for reprinting the editorial from the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram regarding the Schaffhausen criminal trial. To me this was a tough call.

Both prosecution and defense attorneys agreed that Aaron Schaffhausen was suffering from mental illness when he killed his children. The question was should he get treatment for the disease and perhaps re-enter society at some point in the distant future, or be locked up and the key be thrown away.

The editorial mentions a third option that was not given to the jurors — the death sentence. It decries the cost of keeping the “coward” in jail and laments the fact that the death penalty was not an option. Now, I find “coward” to be an unusual word to describe a person with mental illness, but I digress.

I want to thank you for giving certainty to a case that to me had unanswered questions. I agree now that we should kill him today. After all, two out of three mental-health professionals say he is only a little bit crazy, so why should we allow him to live?

Electrocution, hanging, firing squad … or stone him to death. Why wait? Why take into account the fact that the 12 jurors are not perfect and may have made a mistake? He has been condemned. That is good enough for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, and so it is good enough for me.

Dan Solarz, Minneapolis

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Words of reason are too often misconstrued

Many times I said that I was not happy about being in a war with the innocent people of Iraq. They were not responsible for 9/11.

What did Republicans hear? I don’t support the troops.

I am not happy about all of the oil pipelines running through our country — mainly because the oil is only going through our country to the refineries — and on to exportation. We have seen many times that when oil companies tell us there is no threat to the environment — only a fool would believe them.

What do Republicans hear? I must like paying a lot for oil and gas since all of the oil moving through our country is going to stay in our country.

I would like to see that guns are kept out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.

What do Republicans hear? That we want to list every gun that is in your closet — and then take it away from you.

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