I would be impressed if other politicians were pursued by the Star Tribune in the manner of your in-depth crusade against U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. (“Bachmann ex-aide gives affidavit,” April 23). Unfortunately, your sights are focused only on her. I remember the “old” days when Helen Reddy sang, “I am woman; hear me roar.” Apparently, that’s only for some women.
KEITH WILKENING, Bloomington
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Isn’t it ironic that Bachmann’s campaign attorney refers to recent media coverage of the representative as “wrong, reckless and outrageous”? Seems to me she’s getting a taste of her own medicine.
BOB FURNISS, Woodbury
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Student protest didn’t achieve its goals
I don’t have children at Washburn High School, but as an interested parent I question the praise given to two students because they were able to quickly utilize Facebook to empower their cause (“Students flex power on Facebook,” April 19). Did the movement succeed? No. The athletic director they were trying to save was reassigned. Was the stated cause a worthy one? The story didn’t address the issue. Who will pay the price for the protest, which resulted in the ouster of Washburn’s principal? Only time will tell.
PHILIP LOWRY, Minneapolis
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Former Washburn principal Carol Markham-Cousins has done amazing things at the school, and she should be congratulated. Her commentary reflects what taking the high road truly means (“I leave Washburn with great hope for the school,” April 23). Both students and parents don’t realize what they will be missing.
PAUL WAYTZ, Minneapolis
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Lawmakers must help state’s young citizens
The Star Tribune was right to endorse the overdue and critically necessary investment proposed to early childhood learning (“Make a commitment to youngest learners,” April 20).
Minnesota would be wise to recognize the incredible gains that are made from expanding quality early child education, especially to families struggling economically. But the state shouldn’t forget adolescence, another critical developmental stage.
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