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Continued: Readers Write: (June 18): Minneapolis DFL, IRS controversy, organ donation, war crimes

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ORGAN DONATION

It’s the health care system that’s unfair

I agree with the person who wrote that “there is no easy way to determine which individuals will receive donated organs.” However, I disagree with the assertion that the parents who publicized their daughter’s plight hadn’t thought about the next person in line who did not receive a transplant. Why should we assume that?

This case represents the worst of the U.S. health care system. Why should families be blamed for doing everything they can to save a loved one? Why should everyday Americans be competing with each other for the right to live? Who gains from snarling at each other for leftover scraps of health care? Not us.

We are all in this together, folks, and we need to stick together. If we’re too busy arguing over who gets whose organs, then it’s time to turn out the lights and watch this Roman Empire implode.

D.G. CALLENDER, Edina

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WAR CRIMES

At some point, people need to let it go

I have noted this about wars that supposedly end: They really end only for the winners. The winners get to continue hostilities (including public exposure and condemnation by newspaper reporters) against members of the losers — even those who only got inducted into the conflict as distinguished from those who planned and initiated it (“Ukranian war criminal uncovered in north Minneapolis,” June 15).

Winners get to define behavior by losers as “criminal,” while something planned and initiated by some of the winners as hellish as the Dresden firebombing is not so defined. Also, loser attempts to save one’s life by denying guilt (lying) is defined by winners as criminal and deserving of punishment, while winners are allowed in court to do this in self-defense. Perhaps really ending a war on both sides requires more self-­discipline than humans can manage.

RICHARD PATTEN, Minneapolis

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