A recent letter writer asked who decides when an investigation is considered fact-finding or a witch hunt (Readers Write, May 19). When a nonpartisan, independent government agency discretely investigates alleged wrongdoing by elected officials, it is fact-finding, as is the case with the investigation into Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s handling of campaign funds. It becomes a witch hunt when elected politicians, predominantly of the opposing party, follow up on these independent, nonpartisan investigations with their own public investigations that make the daily news for weeks on end while trying to influence public opinion and score political points, as is the case with Benghazi and IRS scrutiny of the Tea Party.
GLEN WEBER, Prior Lake
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First I-35W, now I-5, and what’s being done?
So, another major bridge has collapsed, this time in Washington state. Almost six years have gone by since Minnesota’s moment of shame, and what have we done? Public infrastructure spending as a share of national GDP is at its lowest level in 20 years. Republicans and Tea Partiers block any attempt at raising the funds necessary to improve the transportation network, let alone maintain and repair it, even though the investment would mean construction jobs now and economic growth for all. And what’s the obsession in D.C.? So-called scandals and austerity! Absurd.
PAMELA J. SNOPl, Minneapolis
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Crackdown on texting behind the wheel
If you don’t wear a seat belt, you are the only one who suffers the consequences. A few weeks ago there was a crackdown on DWI enforcement. I’m sure there will be another one soon. After all, it is a real cash cow. This is all well and good. Keep the roads safe. What I do not understand is why very little is done about texting. It’s an epidemic. I’ve read that it’s hard to prove if somebody is texting.
Really? The proof is readily available on the phone. The message I’m getting is that if you aren’t drinking and have your seat belt on, feel free to text away. After all, why should you be burdened with watching the road when there is important information to get out in a timely manner, such as “I am heading to the mall.” So it’s a good idea to buckle up. There’s a good chance an inattentive driver will crash into you.
TIM ROWAN, Apple Valley
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We build stadiums while poor are ignored
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