Readers Write: (June 17): Organ donation, Syria, farm bill, presidential trip, shared restrooms

  • Updated: June 17, 2013 - 9:06 AM

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A legal victory, but a loss for someone else

Last week’s feel good story is that of 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, whose parents successfully badgered the courts and the media in order to obtain a lung transplant in Philadelphia. Sarah’s parents have expressed their thanks to the doctors involved and the family of the unknown donor.

However, there is a person who has gone unmentioned, and that is the unknown individual who would have received the donor’s lungs if Sarah’s parents had not persuaded a court to change the rules. I, for one, would like to hear what the Murnaghans would say to that person who is likely still waiting for a matching donor.

There is no easy way to determine which individuals will receive donated organs when the supply is far short of the need. The Murnaghans are elated because they were able to use public pressure to save their daughter’s life. But I’m not sure that they (or the media) appreciate that their actions may ultimately cause an unknown individual to die while waiting for a transplant.

William Glass, Edina

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Laws, history should stop arms shipments

Sending arms to Syria is a huge mistake (“U.S. to send arms to Syrian rebels,” June 14). We did that years ago with the Russian war in Afghanistan, and ended up supporting the terrorists. When are we going to learn history’s lesson?

Ceri Jensen, Chanhassen

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Our president has decided that a “red line” has been crossed in Syria, and it’s time to arm the forces that oppose the legitimate Syrian government in that civil war. However, arming the same Sunni insurgents that we call terrorists in Iraq is providing material comfort to terrorists and is illegal according to the Defense Authorization Act. I doubt that Obama will be prosecuted, but you or I could be, or worse. We could be jailed indefinitely, without habeas corpus, if we have friends or family in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia or Yemen and send them money to help them live. It’s time to demonstrate that we are a country of laws, not men, and apply the rule of law. Indeed, a “red line” has been crossed, but not the one the president or media are talking about.

Bruce Fisher, St. Louis Park

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In fact, it’s vital to world food supply

A June 14 editorial reprinted from the Chicago Tribune (“Farm bill fails Americans again”) called crop insurance a “giveaway” and accused agriculture of being on “welfare.” But if the farm bill is really doling out that much free money, and crop insurance is such a guarantee of big profits, why aren’t more farmers taking advantage?

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