There should be no debate over coercion
I was saddened and angered to read the Aug. 2 commentary, “American embrace of ‘comfort women’ allegations distorts history.” The atrocities committed by the Japanese army and government and supported by the majority of the Japanese people during the war are undisputed facts.
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto ignited a furious backlash in Japan a few weeks ago when we suggested that Japan’s use of some 200,000 comfort women during World War II was “necessary.” He didn’t deny the facts but only tried to justify them.
On the same day the commentary was published, another story reported that Japan’s finance minister, Taro Aso, had retracted comments in which he seemed to say that Japan should learn how the Nazi party quietly rewrote Germany’s Constitution. Do you see a dangerous trend toward rewriting history here?
TAI TSU HUANG, Roseville
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Heritage Square is a key part of the tradition
Why, oh why, does the Minnesota State Fair Board find it “progress” to raze the cherished cozy nook of our Heritage Square? My husband I have a yearslong tradition. On the first Friday of the fair, we religiously buy our discount tickets early, take the shuttle bus to the fairgrounds and happily walk across Como Avenue with off-duty police protection.
After spending seven hours at the fair (and believe it or not this is the only food item with which we indulge ourselves), we find the undeniably to-die-for rotisserie turkey drumsticks at the stand in Heritage Square. No other vendor will do.
Then, happily covered with State Fair dust, dirt and grime, we sit on the hill outside Heritage Square, across from the State Fair police and first-aid station, sipping a well-deserved beer and munching lustily on our glorious juicy drumsticks. This is our tradition — our heritage. The Minnesota State Fair is tradition. Please do not tamper with our cherished memories.
MELISSA COHEN SILBERMAN, Golden Valley
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WIDE WORLD OF PEDS
Sick of the Twins? A.P. is getting ready to roll
What’s worse? A player who tarnishes the integrity of Major League Baseball by taking performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in order to increase his production? Or an entire team that disrespects the game by being unprepared, unmotivated, unfocused and uncaring?
At least guys like Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun wanted to be better at their jobs. This current bunch of Minnesota Twins is perfectly satisfied being sickeningly awful.
What a disgrace.
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