Readers Write (May 25): Natural disasters, North Korea, transit, IRS, bridge collapse, bad drivers, state politics

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DISASTER ZONES

Time for difficult conversations

Much sympathy goes to the people of Oklahoma in the aftermath of the devastating tornado that killed and injured dozens while leaving many without homes (“Now ‘just sticks and bricks’ where a community stood,” May 22). Among the difficult but important conversations to have is how ongoing natural disasters in certain areas of the country seem to indicate that there are places where people should not build a home, such as along the Red River near Fargo, between the levees in New Orleans and in tornado alley near Moore, Okla., where the recent tragedy occurred. Why do insurers allow homes to be rebuilt in disaster-prone places? Who subsidizes the insurance for these places? We all do.

DAVID FAWCETT, Prior Lake

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NORTH KOREA

Let’s not be too casual about its weapons

There are worries and then there are worries. Consider this: Former CIA Director James Woolsey tells America in the Wall Street Journal that North Korea has the ability to explode a nuclear warhead-delivered missile in the atmosphere above the United States. It would emit gamma rays sufficient to “plunge our electricity-powered civilization into a blackout lasting months or years.”

Should this nightmare scenario unfold, we 300 million Americans would be reduced to a life without power, money, food, water and transportation. Aware of the existential danger, the Obama administration has refused to fund further progress toward space-based defensive systems. Our current antimissile defenses can do nothing to prevent an attack of this sort. No matter where you stand politically, demand that your federal representatives do everything necessary to forestall the possibility of such evil directed at us.

MARK H. REED, Plymouth

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METRO TRANSIT

Driver’s good deed made a difference

I ride a Metro Transit bus to work. Recently, a replacement driver missed my stop due to construction and one-way streets. When he realized his mistake, he stopped his bus, walked the block and a half back to my stop, got my attention and walked me back to the bus (driving back would have been tough due to construction). This one small act delivered a message about responsibility and grace that we could all learn from. Thank you very much, sir.

CHRIS HARTNETT, Minneapolis

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IRS SCRUTINY

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