Previous Page 2 of 3 Next

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

  • Article by:
  • Last update: April 21, 2013 - 5:35 PM

I think that if two people love each other, they should be allowed to marry and have all of the rights guaranteed by law to all married people.

What do Republicans hear? That somehow the whole of society and traditional marriage is threatened by these marriages.

Come on, people. Learn to listen better.

Darlene Thyen, Paynesville, Minn.

• • •

Friday’s “opinion” written by Assistant Commentary Editor David Banks states that “most of the letters sent to have been in response to the US Senate’s defeat of measures to expand gun control.” It goes on to state that there was overwhelming sentiment showing disgust with the Senate’s inaction.

Could it be, like everything else lately, that the only time we take action is when we don’t like something? We got what we wanted. No gun-control legislation! No reason to write in to the editor.

It’s sad that the president cannot propose ideas based on facts rather than emotion. Did you ever see him talk about gun legislation without either Gabrielle Gifford or some parent from Sandy Hook? Of course not. If he did, he’d have to rely on people thinking rationally rather than emotionally.

Craig Anderson, Brainerd, Minn.

• • •

Perhaps most disheartening in the whole ugly, distorted campaign to defeat gun legislation is belittling of Newton family members, labeling them as “props” in the debate. Notwithstanding that as American citizens they are exercising a constitutional right at least as sacred as the Second Amendment, I would submit that their perspective as victims of an unspeakable crime is at least as insightful as the paid NRA lobbyists who make sure their voice is heard.

Ed Murphy, Minneapolis

* * *



Dust-cancer link still under investigation

We would like to point out that the April 13 article “Risk of rare cancer grows with years on taconite job” contains a quote that does not characterize the findings of our investigations. This quotation was apparently made by a scientist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. It states that the University of Minnesota’s Taconite Workers Health Study “confirmed what many have suspected for decades. There is a clear relationship between exposure to taconite dust and mesothelioma in miners.”

At this point in the investigation, the university’s research has revealed a relationship with time worked in this industry and risk for mesothelioma. The time association may or may not be related to dusts generated in the ore processing. Although we have assessed the role of one specific dust component in the ore processing, that component only accounts for one of several other types of dust to which workers could be exposed. And, the role that specific fraction plays, if any, has not been clarified.

  • related content

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


  • about opinion

  • The Opinion section is produced by the Editorial Department to foster discussion about key issues. The Editorial Board represents the institutional voice of the Star Tribune and operates independently of the newsroom.

  • Submit a letter or commentary
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters