I would like to extend my thanks to columnist Jon Tevlin for writing such a heartwarming column about Trinidad Flores, 16, one of my many cousins, who died earlier this month after a heart transplant (“In love with life, tender teen was a driving spirit for Little Earth,” April 21).
MARY TURCIOS, St. Paul
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America needs to be more thoughtful
Is blowback part of the calculation when policymakers undertake a particular action in the world? It’s time to admit that U.S. policies can cause terrorism.
If it’s the safety and security of the American people that our government is worried about, then it should be concerned about our actions in the world and their repercussions. If blowback is part of the calculation, then what is the acceptable level our policymakers are willing to accept?
If it isn’t part of their calculation, then they are naive, irresponsible and possibly criminal.
BRUCE FISHER, St. Louis Park
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Why did Sack rain on his big day?
Thank you for your April 26 coverage of former President George W. Bush’s library. It was a day of honor. Why then, did you publish the Steve Sack cartoon bashing the former president? All previous and present presidents praised Bush. Why not leave it at that?
SANDRA J. WATERS, Burnsville
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Senator’s actions appeared contradictory
GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina voted against the Manchin-Toomey Background Check Amendment on guns, saying he was defending the Second Amendment. But then he tried to nullify the constitutional protections of the accused Boston bomber. Setting aside the galling hypocrisy, note that Graham violates his oath of office to uphold the U.S. Constitution when he pushes for a suspension of the civil liberties of an individual, no matter how terrible the crime of which he is accused.
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