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Continued: Readers Write (May 11): MnDOT, Mark Sanford, pain control, Chris Kluwe, marriage, MnSURE, guns, wages

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SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

Vikings out of touch with Minnesota values

Various political and social views espoused by Chris Kluwe are widely shared in the Twin Cities (“If and when the Vikings cut Kluwe, the loss will be ours,” May 5). Sacking Kluwe is another way team owners are thumbing their noses at those forced to help pay for the new stadium. They love our money but despise our values.

PAT MULOY, Minneapolis

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People who oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds need a quick reminder: Marriage is a legal contract, not a religious one (“Same-sex marriage opponents call religious protection efforts a ‘big lie,’ ” Hot Dish blog, May 6).

While a wedding can be a religious ceremony, the actual marriage has nothing to do with churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, etc. Just ask yourself, “Where would I go to get a copy of my marriage certificate?”

The last time I checked, it involved a trip (or online visit) to a government service center. Please realize that this issue is more important than your own personal fears or religious beliefs. It’s about fairness, equality and above all, love.

ELIZABETH PAVLICA, Minneapolis

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MNSURE BOARD

DHS commissioner should be excluded

When it comes to one individual, I disagree with your glowing assessment of the new health care exchange board (“Solid leadership for exchange board,” May 5). Minnesota law requires Lucinda Jesson, the Department of Human Services commissioner, to be on the newly created board.

This isn’t right given that she allowed millions in taxpayer money to pour into HMO pockets in defiance of her agency’s contracts with them. Her inability to stop this as well as other matters should disqualify her from overseeing the health care exchange. Woe is me, the price-gouged taxpayer. The very decisionmakers who should guard the public purse with prudence are betraying the public trust.

DIANE J. PETERSON, White Bear Lake

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