MICHAEL FRANKLIN CRAWFORD,
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OK, so he’s finding a way around obstruction
Charles Krauthammer (“Let’s call it Obamalaw,” Aug. 19) disingenuously writes: “Traditionally — meaning before Barack Obama — that’s how laws were changed: We have a problem, we hold hearings, we find some new arrangement, ratified by Congress and signed by the president.”
Nowadays, yes, it’s different. We have a problem, we hold hearings, we find some new arrangement, and then GOP committee leaders either refuse to let the bill out of committee or filibuster it to ensure that no vote can be taken.
Let’s not blame the president for having to find other ways to deal with problems that otherwise would go unsolved, which is to say, all of them.
STEVE HOFFMANN, Anoka
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Many lawsuits, but how many opportunistic?
The Aug. 17 article “Minneapolis police face suits by the dozens” caught my eye because I just finished serving on a grand jury for a case in which a police sergeant was sued for allegedly using excessive force. Our eight-person jury quickly determined that the officer in question was following police policy, even in the chaos and danger of the situation. I feel that this court case was an unfortunate waste of taxpayer dollars and police officer time. The felon suing the policeman was looking for remuneration for injuries that would not have occurred had he not fled the officer. How many of the 61 excessive-force lawsuits facing the Minneapolis Police Department have been filed by opportunistic criminals seeking easy money?
We are fortunate to have great police protection, so that we are reasonably safe in our communities. Please support and thank your local law enforcement officers.
LINDA BECKER, North Mankato, Minn.
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