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Continued: Readers Write: (June 14): Surveillance, voting, population, organ donation

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Max Milstein, St. Paul

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Anything that ups our numbers is suspect

It seems like there’s a swell of support for “immigration reform.” Has anyone thought about the impact of having ever more people on the wild lands, wildlife and water resources of Minnesota? Between 1960 to 2040, our state’s population is projected to have grown about 0.75 percent per year. That translates to growth from 3.5 million to 6.5 million people in only 80 years.

Why has the weekend rush up north turned into a slog? Why is Minnesota facing a number of water issues, such as potential groundwater depletion? Why has the walleye limit dropped over the years? Does the increase in people have anything to do with moose having a questionable future?

As the Native Americans are credited with believing, think seven generations ahead — about 140 years — and decide what type of world the children of that era will inherit.

Loras Holmberg, Plymouth

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Design our laws to make it obvious

I hope the recent ruling in Philadelphia brings a breath of fresh air into the topic of organ donation (“Girl who challenged donor rules gets lungs,” June 13). Minnesota needs to take a lead role implementing laws and policies similar to Europe to opt out rather than opt in.

It makes no sense to have anybody waiting for any type of organs. It breaks my heart when policy prevents or stands in the way of any recipient receiving organs that are otherwise buried or burned.

Rick Bateson, Shorewood

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