Protecting Minnesota’s precious lakes, streams
Thanks to reporter Josephine Marcotty for building awareness of the danger to the clean waters of northeastern Minnesota (“Clash over mining grips North Woods,” June 16). It would be better if the clash over mining would grip our whole state, and beyond, since the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is an area treasured by many, and the tourist, fishing and camping “industry” is far larger and far more threatened than meets the eye.
GARY CLEMENTS, St. Paul
Remember when silence was golden?
In the recent Salinas vs. Texas ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court court made a bad decision to limit a criminal suspect’s right to remain silent (“Court elaborates on Miranda,” June 17). The court was so worried about gun rights that it determined that individuals’ silence can be used against them if it occurs before they are read their Miranda rights. The Fifth Amendment is clear that people cannot be forced to say incriminating things about themselves. Salinas was clearly a criminal case in which anything the accused said would be used against him. The nation is one step closer to a police state due to this determination led by conservative members of the court.
RON HEGNER, Maple Plain
Ideology aside, why not value facts and truth?
Cass Sunstein’s commentary on a Yale University research project draws the wrong conclusion and omits vital information (“Just the facts? Sure, if you pay for them,” June 22). The results are depressing, not “immensely encouraging,” because they indicate that a large percentage of the population will knowingly lie to promote their party/ideology. How can we ever make progress or have a just society if partisans feel they have a license to lie, cheat and steal whenever it suits them? Sunstein does not tell us which side lies the most, Democrats or Republicans. What if the ratio is 10:1? Wouldn’t that be relevant and interesting? Perhaps, like their subjects, we have to pay the researchers to get those facts. (Unless they are like climate scientists and falsify or delete facts that contradict their own partisan agenda.)
MARTIN R. WELLENS, Shorewood
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I’m not sure if it is just being lazy or wanting to believe a particular dogma, but all you need to do is look at Facebook to see that your normally well-reasoned friends will post exactly what their party tells them to. Sadly, I believe that this is also true of the people we elect. On both sides, it seems easy to arrive at the conclusion that their ideology is bent to work with the money that supports them rather than what is truly good for this democracy. It is difficult to see any change in this, since we have the wolves guarding the henhouse.
ANDREW BERG, Vadnais Heights
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