Readers Write (May 4): Therapist, bicyclists, health care, orchestra, bullies, hecklers, abortion

  • Updated: May 3, 2013 - 6:19 PM

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Headline should have emphasized actions

“Therapist fell for ‘psychopath’,” read an April 27 headline. It’s always the responsibility of a therapist to maintain appropriate boundaries. So the headline should have said: “Therapist sexually abused client in correctional facility.” The client, no matter what the background, isn’t responsible for the actions of the therapist. In many states the actions of this therapist would be a criminal act punishable by license revocation.

ANN VAN REGAN, Ottawa, Canada

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In new environment, costs must be shared

Being green is a good thing for a city (“Lawmakers debating more rights for cyclists,” April 27). Although to be green takes green. If more of city streets are appropriated to cyclists, we need to consider the costs associated with this transition. These roads will need to be restriped and maintained over time. Many of these costs now come from the various taxes applied to cars and fuel. These fundamentals need to be applied proportionately to cyclists to maintain their portion of the thoroughfares.


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Fight over Obamacare hurts everyone

I love columnist David Brooks because he tells it like it is, as exemplified in his commentary on the Affordable Health Care Act (“Obamacare is upon us, and oh, my,” April 27). It’s the law of the land. Isn’t it obvious we must work together? All lose in the turmoil and battles over implementation, including insurance companies, small business and the people.


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Brooks has been consistent in his opposition to the law and consistent with his Republican associates who have done all they can to derail health care reform.

In Minnesota, where Democrats are in control, implementation of the ACA is in relatively good shape. Health care was recognized as a major problem for Minnesotans, and bipartisan work was done to address reform. The work done to create a state insurance exchange will be consistent with federal guidelines and is being accomplished in a timely manner. If the ACA reforms are not working as they were intended for some states, those states might look inward.

Minnesota is moving forward. MNsure is visual proof of the exchange coming to life. Go online, explore and see for yourself. Brooks thinks the ACA is a doozy. On this issue he is partisan and, maybe, just a bit dizzy.

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