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With the gun-show loophole, the Internet loophole, the private sales and family-transfer loopholes, why have any background checks? Just repeal what’s left. Then law-abiding citizens wouldn’t suffer the horrible inconvenience of a system that, with other common-sense measures, might save the lives of some innocent American children and adults without diminishing Second Amendment rights. And even the crooks and crazies could be more easily armed to resist when our duly-elected officials send combat troops to confiscate our weapons.
ROBERT FRANKLIN, Medina
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Soaring population cripples the economy
One thing that jumped out at me in reading the April 28 article by reporter Allie Shah (“A return to Pakistan”) is that Pakistan’s population is at least 171 million. How can it possibly eliminate poverty, hunger and unemployment when it cannot sustain that population — a population that’s still growing? Much of the country is rugged mountains, so there’s only so much land on which to grow food. These problems won’t go away in the near future, and that could be bad for Pakistan as well as its neighbors.
TOM R. KOVACH, Nevis, Minn.
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CHILD CARE UNION
Not needed by these St. Paul providers
My husband and I are licensed child-care providers, and we don’t want or need a union. We don’t need “a democratic, collective voice” nor “an effective advocate” to speak with our clients or to address employment issues, as an April 30 letter writer suggested. If we worked in a child-care center, we would welcome a union to speak on our behalf to the corporation for whom we toiled. But we work for ourselves and speak for ourselves. We are small-business owners.
BARBARA and RICK SULLIVAN, St. Paul
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Poor grades are related to poor shelter
Thanks for the commentary that made clear the connection between classroom success and stable affordable housing (“Students need shelter before and after the bell,” April 29). Housing can and should be used to improve educational outcomes. That’s one of the premises of the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood and the Northside Achievement Zone in Minneapolis. Hats off to members of the education community for recognizing the basic needs of students. I hope the Legislature does the same.
JIM ROTH, Minneapolis
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