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Continued: Readers Write: (June 10): NSA, Teach for America, Richard Estes

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Let’s get more real and less paranoid.

Jim Bartos, Brooklyn Park

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Some things can’t be learned in college

I am responding to recent criticism of the Teach for America program. Many people think that education classes are what turn people into teachers. I disagree. Teaching is an art, not a science. A good teacher is an artist. You cannot teach artistry. Either you have artistic ability, or teaching ability, or you don’t. I have taken plenty of education classes. They were gobbledygook and not the slightest help when I was a teacher. Give TFA a chance.

David Wiljamaa, Minneapolis

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Philanthropy comes in many forms

Though I’m often disappointed in the quality and sometimes misleading headlines describing Star Tribune stories about African-Americans, I was beyond delighted to read the June 7 headline for the obituary of Richard Estes, founder and director of Estes Funeral Home in north Minneapolis. The headline, “Philanthropic lion of the North Side,” could not have been more fitting and appropriate for a man who gave so much to so many for more than five decades.

In the lore of traditional Minnesota philanthropy, people like Richard Estes are seldom mentioned. But, true to the rich history and tradition of African-American philanthropy, Estes believed in contributing his time, talent and treasure, and he did so at the darkest of moments for many in the African-American community. Let his life and legacy be a reminder to us all that philanthropy comes in many forms and is not the exclusive territory of any one racial or ethnic group. Look around you, there may be a philanthropist next door — a caring, giving soul with or without tremendous wealth but motivated by a generous heart.

Thank you, Mr. Estes, for your life and legacy of philanthropy. May your soul rest in eternal peace!

Karen Kelley-Ariwoola, Minneapolis

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