Insanity in no way could have been an excuse
Aaron Schaffhausen has to be insane, but if I were a juror, I would have voted as they did to convict him of killing his three young daughters (“Jury says no to dad’s insanity defense,” April 17). In fact, I would have favored the death penalty. Insane or not, society needs to be rid of this monster.
GARY SMITH, Golden Valley
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Chamber president’s remarks oversimplify
“Government waste” is a wonderful thing — a sort of bottomless pocket within a bottomless pocket. When Minnesota Chamber of Commerce President David Olson suggests that the state can save money by cutting waste, what he’s really doing is dodging the more difficult challenge of setting priorities (“ ‘United for Jobs’ groups not always united,” April 15).
In fact, Gov. Mark Dayton is trying to maintain Minnesota’s infrastructure. We may never agree on priorities, but we’d better face the fact that there’s no magic money pot called “government waste.”
JEFF MOSES, Minneapolis
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Unlike the other business organizations quoted, Twin Cities Metro Independent Business Alliance (MetroIBA) is comprised solely of locally owned independent businesses. Many of our members weighed in on the supposed connection between a proposed fourth-tier income tax rate, job creation and retention. From our small sampling — and at least for the 94 percent of small businesses in Minnesota that would not be affected by an upper-level income tax — there simply is no connection. Studies consistently find small businesses provide and create a much larger share of jobs and job growth than any other sector.
HARVEY ZUCKMAN and MARY HAMEL, Minneapolis
Zuckman is the president of MetroIBA. Hamel is the executive director.
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CENTRAL PARK CASE
Were race, ethnicity factors in arrests?
George Will’s column regarding the “Central Park Five’’ asked whether the fates of five young men charged with committing a brutal rape and assault in the 1980s would have been different had they been white (“‘Central Park Five’: Not wilding; bewildering,” April 15). He thinks not. But we must go back to the arrest and charges to more accurately answer his question. Five white teens in Central Park were more likely perceived as a high school cross-country team. No suspicion, no arrest, no charges.
LINDA FERRELL, Crystal
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