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Continued: Readers Write (June 15): Retirement, safe driving, NSA, IRS, George Zimmerman, teachers unions, veggie drinks

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Fact: Without a gun, no one would have died

We don’t know if George Zimmerman was neighborly, pleasant and friendly, or whether he was angry, belligerent and confrontational (“The Trayvon Martin case, take two,” June 10). We don’t know if Trayvon Martin was polite and respectful, or angry, defensive and aggressive. But we do know this: Had Zimmerman not been carrying a gun, Martin would be alive today.


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Poor health insurance is partly to blame

The June 9 article describing the increasing problems facing special education departments at public schools was good, but left out an important fact: Schools are forced to handle more and more mental health problems because more and more families cannot afford health insurance, and fewer and fewer insurance companies cover any mental health care (“Special ed teachers quitting as need rises”).

For example, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota recently stopped covering health care for autism, leaving thousands of families out in the cold. Families and schools would suffer much less if mental health care were affordable to all families. Millions of Americans, and our public schools, desperately need health insurance reform and affordable, universal, single-payer coverage.


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Americans have lost faith in government

It is indeed true that security and privacy are on a teeter-totter and that neither can be complete. But the government that is doing the surveillance does not have the trust of many American people.

The Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups went much further than delaying or denying 501(c)(3) status. Something that should have been front-page news (and would have been if this were a conservative administration) is the fact that IRS released a confidential list — the names and addresses of donors to a promarriage organization — to a progay organization that posted them on its website.

For those who need help connecting the dots, this opens those donors to persecution and has a chilling effect on other potential donors. Can we have a resounding condemnation of that?

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