STEVEN BOYER, St. Paul
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SPEAKING OF PLUTOCRACY
Money leads energy’s wrong-way charge
Two items in the Aug. 14 A section — a news story, “Big bets on coal, despite the risks,” and a full-page ad supporting the Keystone XL pipeline taken out by the American Petroleum Institute — together constitute a naked display of the power of big money over survival sense.
The climate science is beyond debate: Human-generated CO2 emissions are endangering our environment. We already have more carbon-generating fossil fuel than we can safely consume. Are we really this determined to fry ourselves — and future generations — off the planet?
THOMAS R. SMITH, River Falls, Wis.
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Holder makes sense; letter selection doesn’t
The Star Tribune continually fails to help advance intelligent, nuanced and factual discussion on its opinion pages. The publication of the Aug. 14 letter “The law’s the law, until it’s changed” is the latest example.
The letter writer oversimplifies Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision on drug enforcement in an attempt, I presume, to disingenuously frame it as either illegal or unethical. Why? Presumably, from the tone of the remainder of the letter, because he doesn’t like or agree with the Obama administration.
Holder’s decision is both constitutional and broadly supported in Congress. The memorandum that he delivered to federal prosecutors simply changes how charges are filed. By omitting the weight of drugs involved, those charged will not automatically fall under federal jurisdiction and thus mandatory-minimum sentencing laws. But they still may if the prosecutor and judges believe the circumstances of the offense merit such inclusion.
RYAN GAU, Minneapolis
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Leave them off the list of celebrated locales
In “North Loop Rising” (Variety, Aug. 9), the Déjà Vu strip club is listed under establishments deemed “time tested,” as “the still-pimpled 18-year-olds’ preferred venue for Intro to Lap Dance.” Commercial sexual exploitation of often-underage females is tried and true? Innocent fun?
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