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Continued: Readers Write (April 24): Terrorism, the NRA, Keystone pipeline, medical-device tax, colonoscopies

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Cut spending anywhere, and the loss of that money will mean people who receive at least part of that cash at their work will be affected. Replace the device tax with a different tax, and that cash will come out of some other people’s pockets. They in turn won’t be able to spend that money in such a way that it supports additional jobs.

Once upon a time I pointed out to Congressman Paulsen that governmental budget cuts even cost jobs. His response was: “It depends if you think government creates jobs.” It created his.

Jim Bartos, Brooklyn Park

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Colonoscopy is not to be taken lightly

Just because a health article is in the Variety section doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done seriously (“Look at the upside,” April 20). Colonoscopies are serious procedures with real risks — perforated bowels, specifically, and overtreatment more generally.

Yes, lots of polyps may be found, but that does not make them cancerous, and can lead to treatment that is both costly and unneeded. Both checking for blood in the stool or using the “virtual colonoscopy” procedure would screen for those who should really have a colonoscopy

This would save a large amount of money, reduce risk and likely increase screening. This is the approach my physician supports, as do many public health experts looking at the risks as well as benefits of preventive medicine.

William Davnie, Minneapolis

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