Letter of the Day (Aug. 14): Drug enforcement, media quality, invasive species, bull's run

  • Updated: August 13, 2013 - 9:00 PM

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The law’s the law, until it’s changed

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder thinks that there are too many people in jail or prison for drug charges. I agree, but we differ on this substantially.

As AG, Holder just plans on ignoring or not enforcing current law (“Holder to ease rules on drug sentencing,” Aug. 12). I think Congress ought to change the law. What Holder proposes to do is illegal.

His plan is merely a continuation of what this administration has done for five years — treat the law like the “Golden Rule” — he who has the gold, makes the rules. “I am the AG, so stuff your subpoena.” “Illegal immigrants are no longer illegal, because I say so.” There are a ton of other examples of this administration flouting the law.

We are supposed to be a nation of laws (not of men), and we had better get back to it fast or this nation will fall apart shortly. Obey the law, or change it. Don’t make it up on the fly.

JAY HUYCK, Maple Grove


How news is presented makes all the difference

The Star Tribune and all media often slant the news or run a headline that is misleading. Here is one from Tuesday: “Boomers found to be largest donors.” The article then explains that 72 percent of boomers (ages 49 to 67) give an average of $1,212 per year. But 88 percent of the oldest generation (over age 67) give an average of $1,367. Who did you say gives more?

Boomers make up the largest population segment, so give more in the aggregate, but the older generation give more to charity on an individual basis.


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One reason I prefer getting news from the paper is the overreach that pervades online news. The morning after the PGA golf championship, an Xfinity headline hyped “Dufner wins PGA, calls golf boring.” Oh, really. So in a moment of weakness I bit, and read the article. It quoted Dufner, who did say that “big plays in [other sports] will get you pumped up. For me, golf is a little more boring. I hit it in the fairway or I don’t.” He was saying that golf doesn’t usually have the same number of action-packed, exciting moments typical of basketball, baseball, and football. However, the suspense is certainly there.

I’m not writing that newspapers don’t ever overextend with their headlines. They can, but it’s not a daily occurrence. Give me the Star Tribune any day.

JIM BARTOS, Brooklyn Park

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