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Many people lack access to safe outdoor environments or fresh food; healthier lifestyles can be more expensive and require an investment of time and familial support that not everyone has. Even with support, some people will not succeed without medical intervention such as bypass surgery. We need to stop judging people for their weight and start understanding that multiple approaches are needed to address obesity.
KRISTIN DITTMANN, Maple Grove
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Oil boom men do have manners
I work in the oil fields of North Dakota. Daily, I encounter men of all ages and races. These men are tired and overworked but always open a door and say hi. Most of the time, all they want is someone to talk with or sit down and drink a cup of coffee.
My coworker Josh said it isn’t the oil, it’s the lack of family values and no activities for the men to do. Men are working 80 to 110 hours a week, and we have limited laundry facilities here. We expanded overnight and have large stretch marks.
Recent coverage in the Star Tribune does nothing to help us progress to gain employees (“Oil boom putting pressure on women,” June 3). Companies do extensive background checks. Most companies provide housing.
The towns and companies are working to help with the issues. I would say the statement that North Dakota’s oil boom puts pressure on women is a joke. Baker Hughes has family housing. My son’s company is working with other oil companies to help donate to schools and recreation.
When my car broke down late at night, it was the guys from Key Energy of Minot who made sure I got home safely. These men have families and children.
Our communities get together to have meetings on the fast progress and what we need to do to make life better. Why did the Star Tribune focus on bars and strip clubs?
There are five women who work with me, and we all thought this article was pointless. I feel safer in the Bakken than near the old Sears building in Minneapolis.
ELLEN M. FEUERHELM, Beach, N.D.
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