Readers Write (June 22): Guns and block parties, Boys State, retirement, Teach for America, surveillance, student housing, organ donations

  • Updated: June 22, 2013 - 7:00 AM
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GUNS AND FAMILIES

Outlaw weapons at family block parties

One way to make sure that families don’t show up to a block party is for gun advocates to bring their guns to the event (“Gun owners target family event,” June 19, and “Gun group calls off ‘meet-ups,’ ” June 21). At least, I hope that the only people who would show up would be gun advocates. They could admire each others’ weapons and talk about how persecuted they are. They could take their own paranoia to an even higher level. I know of no common-sense, rational family who would attend that kind of “family block party.”

FREDERIC STEPHENS, Roseville

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Out of curiosity, I recently attended a “handgun essentials” course sponsored by Midwest Carry Academy and taught by a National Rifle Association instructor. The theme of the presentation was “the only thing that stops a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun.” While I do not question the motive of any participant at the course, I felt the instructor fed on the paranoia of family protection, and “Second Amendment and liberty supporters.” People who feel they need to carry a gun at family events are not normal people. Legislative action needs to be passed to outlaw guns at family events.

JERRY SOVELL, Minneapolis

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BOYS STATE

Giving thanks for the U.S. military’s service

I recently participated in the American Legion Boys State of Minnesota. It was a great experience learning more about Minnesota’s cities and counties, as well as state politics. The speakers talked about integrity, trust and many topics about being greater than self. After this experience, I’m all the more grateful for the men and women who have served and are serving in the U.S. military. They’ve protected our freedoms and our great country.

AUSTIN SWENSON, Blaine

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STUDENT HOUSING

The difference between wants and needs

Thank goodness that the University of Minnesota has frozen undergrad tuition. Now these students can afford luxury apartments (“Student apartments go upscale at the U,” June 15). Assuming that they will graduate in four years, they will have only accumulated $30,000 in debt while thinking, “I have grown to expect apartments to be so luxurious because that’s all I’ve really ever known.” Maybe these student need an exposure to Econ 101. A banker may be somewhat reluctant to underwrite a loan to someone with great aspirations, overwhelming debt and no assets.

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