Readers Write (Aug. 10): Police chief, St. Peter Hospital, the homeless, Heritage Square, same-sex marriage, toxic plants

  • Updated: August 10, 2013 - 5:47 AM
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MINNEAPOLIS POLICE

Give new police chief a chance to investigate

There has been a lot of discussion about unacceptable behavior of some Minneapolis police officers and the response of our new police chief, Janeé Harteau (“Racial incidents spur call for wider probe of police,” Aug. 8). I’ve had the pleasure of working with the chief over the years and know that she will examine these tough issues with candor and fairness. We must give her the chance to do her challenging job while supporting the many quality police officers in the city.

ED ANDERSON, Minneapolis

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HOMELESS RUNNERS

Story needed more perspective and context

A homeless running club (“Hitting their stride,” Aug. 6)? While I understand the multiple values of a running routine, my first thought is that readers might draw parallels with events such as the Special Olympics and view this story as one profiling how people live with an affliction. This article should have reminded readers that most homelessness can be ended.

CHIP HALBACH, St. Paul

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ST. PETER HOSPITAL

True picture of facility’s leadership not depicted

It appears that the Star Tribune is choosing to only find fault with the leadership at St. Peter Regional Treatment Center (“State dumps sex offender on street,” Aug. 6). While I understand that the facility has had numerous issues related to patient care and administrative oversight, the press has failed to recognize all the positive changes that are underway due to the leadership provided by Dr. Steven Pratt.

I had the fortunate experience to work side by side with Pratt in his previous position at Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center and observed his professionalism and dedication to quality patient care. He has spearheaded initiatives to ensure trauma-informed practices and respectful/dignified patient interventions. The Minnesota Department of Human Services is fortunate to have such a compassionate, hardworking and highly skilled professional serving in this incredibly difficult role.

PAULA DeSANTO, St. Paul

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