If we in Minnesota want to improve the well-being of our seriously disadvantaged, we owe it to them to provide a work and tax environment that encourages entrepreneurs to start new businesses and hire the genuinely motivated now without jobs.
Regrettably, our DFL-controlled Legislature and our DFL governor insist on taxing businesses to fund an always-expanding welfare state. While their motives may be honorable, the results do enormous harm to the people who most need a hand up.
MARK H. REED, Plymouth
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‘The Law is the law’?
No, prosecutorial discretion is built in
An Aug. 14 letter writer alludes to something said by John Adams — that we are a nation of laws, not of men — in concluding that it is illegal for Attorney General Eric Holder not to enforce drug laws as written.
The law is patently clear: Prosecutorial discretion is the law, and always has been. The Supreme Court upholds it. In the court’s own words, in a ruling striking down several of Arizona’s rules regarding immigration, “Removal is a civil matter, and one of its principal features is the broad discretion exercised by immigration officials …”
The cop on the street is allowed to let someone go, with a warning. And the DA is allowed to disregard a silly law. No law forces the executive branch to implement every law.
It is wrong to break the law, but it is worse to insist that we must prosecute everything we find distasteful.
Michael D. Hoy, Excelsior
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TALE OF TWO COUNTIES
Article cited centrism as if it were a good thing
I read with interest the article comparing Anoka and Dakota Counties (“The tale of two suburban counties,” Aug. 14). I happen to think, from what I have read, that Anoka is the better of the two. I don’t want a wheelage tax, and I don’t want light rail (try carrying four shopping bags full of groceries on a light-rail train).
Did the writer stop to think that Anoka County is doing just what the people want? Why is it so important to have Anoka be just like Dakota County? Why can’t Dakota be more like Anoka County? Maybe we in Anoka County do not want our elected officials to work in a centrist, nonpartisan manner.
EDWARD MCHUGH, East Bethel
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