Preaching to the choir or just preaching?
I finished Dane Smith’s commentary on the racial/ethnic gaps in Minnesota feeling, paradoxically, more hopeful than I have in a long time while reading the paper (“The ‘why’ and the ‘what to do,’ ” June 16). This is the power of a good root-cause analysis. By respectfully explaining the different challenges historically faced by white and nonwhite immigrants, unintentionally complicated by Minnesota’s “helper” nonprofit sector, Smith describes what I believe to be at the heart of our problem. He doesn’t assign blame, but points out multiple efforts at work on solutions. He also suggested more concrete steps that can and should be taken to preserve Minnesota’s quality of life for future generations of all colors.
TERESA LEWIS, Minneapolis
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Smith should get off his pulpit and end his preaching. He makes it sound like all white people are insensitive and only care about themselves. The biggest point he makes is about education, but the state wants to eliminate basic testing for high school graduation. Employers who hire these graduates end up having to train them in simple math and how to compose a clear, concise paragraph. This isn’t a color problem; it’s an education and responsibility problem. Employers don’t care what color the prospective employee is. They only care if employees can use their God-given smarts, show up on time for work and help the company be successful.
ED KOVACH, Excelsior
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Granite countertops and calculus, too
Upscale apartments at the University of Minnesota? Wow. Just what the world needs is another egocentric 20-something who hasn’t known anything but air-conditioning and granite countertops (“Student apartments go upscale at the U,” June 15). Shame on the parents who shipped their sweet young daughter off to college, no doubt with designer handbags and $30 lip glosses. The rest of us will end up having to deal with her when she hits the real world for a job.
JANE CHRISTENSON, Minnetrista
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Are the students living in upscale apartments the same ones we’re supposed to feel sorry for with their large debt after graduation?
CRYSTAL QUIRING, Chaska
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