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Continued: Readers Write: (July 15): Zimmerman verdict, Minnesota Orchestra, honeybee eradication

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BOB JENTGES, North Mankato, Minn.

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A boy died. A segment of our society painted him to be a golden boy wearing a hood. We don’t know. I certainly don’t know. From what I first read, it seemed that George Zimmerman was his own wannabe crusader who wanted to save the world from society’s “cancers.” In this scenario, it played out to be a young unarmed man. Zimmerman shouldn’t have pursued; the nation has read the transcript. The kid may have felt stalked, and took it upon himself to protect himself, whether that was right or wrong.

Having a gun changes the game, no matter the color of your skin. Having a certain color of skin changes the game no matter the incident. We are a judgmental society. We also, at times, appear to have a flawed justice system — that reality has played itself many times before Saturday’s verdict and will continue to do so in the future.

So, now as we look to today’s blue sky, and return to our local routines, and justify our existence and opinion — what change lies ahead, and how can we be a part of that raised consciousness without using negative energy to steer our direction? We must seriously look tragedy in the eye and negotiate a forever-driven desire to be that change, to facilitate raising our awareness rather than slamming the door shut, again.



Board has botched the labor situation

In 1942, my mother took me to a concert of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra at Northrop Auditorium. She explained to me what the orchestra was, what it represented to our society and why it was an important institution.

I know we thoroughly enjoyed the music. Many years later, I was privileged to participate in the first televised broadcast of the symphony, bringing fine music to even wider audiences.

Over these many years, I have watched the orchestra gradually improve to become the celebrated, world-class Minnesota Orchestra. And now, somehow — no matter that the orchestra has existed for more than eight decades, bringing accolades and approval to the Twin Cities and to the state — all of that is gone. Gone in a flash. In less than one year, the orchestra board has managed single-handedly to destroy all that work and effort.

I congratulate you on the board for your single-minded dedication. I hope you all sleep well at night. What’s your next target?


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One can’t help wonder how differently the past year might have turned out if the Minnesota Orchestra board had begun by praising our wonderful musicians to the skies and telling us, in an all-out fundraising campaign, just what it would take to keep them. If it had lifted them up as the outstanding community asset they have become instead of painting them as adversaries, isn’t it just possible that the board might have raised the money needed and avoided this whole sad year of “musical starvation?”

RONALD A. NELSON, Minneapolis

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