Without work, where is the purpose in life?
Michael Nesset’s commentary on retirement struck a chord with me (“Retired at last! Oh, the joy. The dread …,” June 9). My dad suffered a stroke when I was a teen, and I’ve been working ever since. I know nothing other than work. I have to feel there is a purpose to each day, and when I’m not working, I wake up wondering what to do. I, too, am anxious about my transition into retirement. I’ve delayed taking that next step because I know it will make me face the fact that my life is winding down. I don’t feel ready to face that yet. It was comforting to hear and see those thoughts from someone else.
HARRIET LINK, Woodville, Wis.
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Multitasking drivers compromise road safety
Minnesota lawmakers should seize the opportunity to lead the country in warding off a pernicious threat to us all: new communication technology in vehicles (“High-tech devices are risky for drivers,” June 13). The evidence has been plainly documented that using these devices is as much of a threat to public safety on the road as drunken driving is. Let’s take quick action to address this significant problem.
LUCYAN MECH, St. Paul
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We should have had a national debate first
U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., said that he was “very well aware of” the NSA surveillance programs that are now making news, because he was briefed on them. If this is the case, doesn’t integrity and his oath of office demand that he challenge the baldfaced lies that the head of the NSA, James Clapper, told to Congress? If the program is a healthy one for the nation, as Franken asserts, why was its implementation hidden from the public? Why wasn’t its efficacy debated by our chosen representatives? Possibly, just possibly, the senator doesn’t understand our form of government.
STEVEN SPERBER, St. Paul
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