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Too many youths drop out of school, have little or no employment opportunity, and experience disparities due to race, or face poverty and homelessness. That’s why support is needed for the Homeless Youth Act. Young children and adolescents both deserve help in getting on a trajectory to more stable adult lives.
AARON HOOKS WAYMAN, Wayzata
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Minnesota lawmakers must act for safety
As an elementary school teacher, I was heartened to read that President Obama has ordered the resumption of federal research on gun violence (“Gun control fight spills over to federal research,” April 23). I applaud experts who want to determine the effects of gun violence, but I cannot wait for research. As my classroom practices yet another lockdown drill and I consider the teachers at Sandy Hook who used their bodies to shield their students, I urge our Minnesota legislators to eliminate the private and online sales loopholes, and mandate universal background checks for all gun sales.
MARY SLOBIG, Minneapolis
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