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Continued: Readers Write (May 6): Minnesota Orchestra, civility, Chris Kluwe, U.S. Rep. John Kline, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann

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Reading on, I thought: Who is this wise person making the good argument? Liberal Democrat that I am, I was surprised and delighted to see that U.S. Rep. John Kline, the Republican chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, was the author.

Then Kline wrote: “I also believe that hardworking Americans, not the government, make our country great.”

Is John Kline not a hardworking American? Is he not government? Hardworking, effective government also needs to be acknowledged as making our country great, when it deserves such accolades.

Carol Johnson, Minneapolis

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If he’s let go, it’s not personal, it’s business

A pair of May 1 letter writers need to understand that the NFL is a business and that Chris Kluwe is not being persecuted for his beliefs about same-sex marriage. In fact, Vikings players, personnel and fans have done a great job supporting this charismatic, outspoken young man.

Antoine Winfield was a Vikings veteran who, like Kluwe, has played absolutely phenomenal the past eight years, but the Vikings felt they could get similar production from drafting a younger player. Winfield’s play was incredible for the Vikings, but the business of football requires a general manager to make tough decisions on which veterans to pay and which positions need new, young talent for the future. Kluwe’s deal would pay him $1.5 million this season. New punter Jeff Locke has proved he can produce similar or better results for about a third of that. It is simply a business decision.

Chase Clute, St. Paul

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She may be tangential in campaign inquiry

I am no fan of Michele Bachmann, but her problems stemming from her topsy-turvy 2012 presidential campaign (“Bachmann questions start with Iowa senator,” May 1) are distracting, convoluted and perhaps not front-page news.

It seems to me the issues are mainly about an adviser to her campaign, Kent Sorenson, and his shenanigans in Iowa. He is implicated in a police investigation for allegedly stealing an e-mail list from the computer of another campaign staffer to solicit home-school families. He was also paid, perhaps illegally, through improper channels.

Reading between the lines and thoroughly absorbing the article, I’ve concluded that it’s possible that Bachmann is, in fact, blameless in all this mess. Upon her next re-election campaign, let’s pay close attention to both her financial backing and contributions and those of her opponents.

Sharon E. Carlson, Andover

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