Readers Write (May 12): Same-sex marriage, student behavior, pensions, Vikings, cyclists

  • Updated: May 11, 2013 - 2:33 PM

Minnesota House vote is a sign of progress, one reader says.


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Minnesota House vote is a sign of progress

I am very proud of Minnesota today, and I will be prouder Monday if the state Senate also steps up. Senators, vote your conscience and know that the voters will have your backs in the years to come. Remember, my own interracial marriage was illegal not so long ago. It’s time.

EMILY PALMER, Minneapolis

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Some teachers know how to control students

As a substitute teacher in the Minneapolis public schools, I would like to thank Brandon Ferdig for sticking his neck out to describe the “active reluctance to learn” practiced by many students, as well as the plight of students who are “sick and tired and helpless as their peers make school a chaos” despite the best efforts of teachers and principals (“Attention, please,” May 5). I can relate. We ignore or deny this situation at our own expense. Is there an employer willing to hire the uneducated and undisciplined? What happens to young people who can’t find or keep jobs? What happens to our community?


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Some educators are better at discipline than others. You can walk into one classroom and observe complete chaos, and right next door it’s so quiet you can hear a pin drop. The difference often has to do with forming strong emotional bonds with the individual students. Kids can sense if you really care about them. But some parents haven’t taught their children respect for teachers, adults or authority in general. They expect the schools to parent, teach, feed, discipline and protect their kids without their help or cooperation.


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Why must taxpayers pay for shortfall?

So now we will have to pay more taxes to help the pension funds for public employees because they are underfunded (“House OKs surcharge to shore up pension plans,” May 4). Does that mean that when my 401(k) plan goes down, public employees will pay to shore that up?


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