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DAN and SADIE WATTS, Northfield, Minn.
Two cases show that America has no clue
Just what does it say about our mixed-up sense of priorities in modern America that the results of the two cases highlighted on the front page June 28 can be so inequitable?
A man whose shockingly foolish behavior with deadly weapons resulted in the death of his own son is judged to have suffered enough and is told to go and not be foolish again (“Dad’s tearful remorse draws leniency and stern warnings”). Meanwhile, a woman whose foolish words caused mere discomfort to a squeamish and hypocritical populace and in turn terror among the corporate supporters who so loved her only a few days ago is given what is, for all intents and purposes, a virtual death sentence and told to simply go away (“Paula Deen done at Target as the company severs ties”). No forgiveness.
Justice? Any sense of proportionality? Not even close.
HAROLD W. ONSTAD, Plymouth
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