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I’m disenchanted by our so-called “representative” government. On the marriage bill, 95 percent of our state representatives and senators voted with their political party. Who do they represent? Are they representing the well-being of the people and the state of Minnesota, or are they representing their political party? How can we be concerned about the purity of our political processes and the effect of outside forces and contributions when we willingly allow our elected officials to be puppets of their political parties?
Tim Probst, Andover
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The big question: How to change violent men?
Thank you for the editorial calling for heightened awareness of domestic violence against women (“Watch for signs of domestic violence,” May 15). Perpetrators must be held accountable and resources made available to victims seeking safety and healing. What are the options for changing the behavior of these men? Is there a way to support them in taking responsibility for their actions and accepting the consequences while also helping them to achieve healthier patterns of behavior?
IVES WITTMAN, Roseville
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A witch hunt is all in the beholder’s eye
Why is it that when the left attacks a situation such as the Michele Bachmann’s handling of campaign funds, it’s considered fact-finding, yet when the right confronts a situation such as the Benghazi fiasco or IRS scrutiny of the Tea Party, it’s considered a witch hunt? Who decides?
GENE ELFERING, Annandale, Minn.
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