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Congress is going in the wrong direction
GOP members of Congress are not just playing hardball with President Obama — they’re showing a reckless disregard for the well-being of the American public. When they slash the Environmental Protection Agency budget, it’s the water we drink and the air we breathe that goes unprotected. When greenhouse gases go uncontrolled, it’s our children who will pay the price. Cut the Securities and Exchange Commission budget, and people in finance can once again do whatever they can to rake in the profits so that the rest of us see the value of our pensions and homes plummet. Let’s not ever lose sight of the fact that the only real losers in this game of hardball are us.
LENORE MILLIBERGITY, Minneapolis
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To our elected employees of the federal government: It’s time for midyear employee evaluations. We the people would like concise, clear answers to the following questions: 1) In working together, have you made progress toward establishing a balanced budget? 2) Regarding the establishment of a balanced budget, are you kicking the can down the road?
GREGORY MINOR, Farmington, Minn.
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It’s a boy — and, boy, we’re tired of it all
Enough of the royal baby, already. And please, no diaper-cam.
JIM MANION, St. Paul
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Commentary was short on substance
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s puff piece on education in Minnesota could have been an education to us all had he cited some facts and figures (“Education in Minnesota: What I saw,” July 23). How many years have we been funding early learning? What is the trend on benchmark tests during this period? What is the trend of graduation rates as a result of early learning? How much have we “invested” in this program? If the results are not positive, then we are not “investing” — we are squandering our tax money.
DOUG CLEMONS, Bloomington
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