Readers Write (Aug. 25): Tax deductions, ACT tests, Eden Prairie coach, Southwest commuter rail, nursing home death, Vikings

  • Updated: August 24, 2013 - 4:32 PM
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TAX DEDUCTIONS

All institutions should pay their fair share

Thanks to Mike Meyers for his intelligent and insightful discussion about taxes (“How taxpayers give away fistfuls of dollars,” Aug. 18). Many of us give charitable contributions because we believe in the work and would continue even if there wasn’t a tax deduction. For years, my husband and I have believed that all entities labeled “religious” should be taxed at a minimal level. Some are powerful, political organizations. Nonprofits and postsecondary schools should also be paying a fair-share tax that supports the infrastructure of their locations and the services they receive. Loopholes for the ultrarich need to be closed.

NANCY LANTHIER CARROLL, Roseville

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Meyers sidesteps the IRS scandal, perhaps because it shows the danger of his policy prescriptions. He inaccurately implies that conservative and liberal groups have been treated the same by the IRS. The treatment of conservative groups has been unusual, and repressive. Giving this country’s government more control of political speech would lead to more of what we’ve seen recently with the IRS, which effectively pushed the pause button on the conservative grass-roots movement.

JIM MELCHER, Edina

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ACT TESTS

Let’s put the good results in context

Making a point of the percentage of students in a state taking the ACT test is meaningless unless the percentage of students taking the SAT tests instead of the ACT tests is also included (“Minnesota is tops again in ACT results,” Aug. 21). The SAT tests are used more extensively in the East, which may explain the apparent low percentage of Massachusetts students, for example, who took the ACT tests.

RAYMOND VOSS, Edina

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FOOTBALL COACH

Bad headline, but good story on Mike Grant

I’m confused by the headline (“Don’t hate him,” Aug. 18) and subheadline (“A privileged background and a prep dynasty don’t make Mike Grant a bad guy”) in an otherwise nice article about Eden Prairie’s football coach. The article indicates that he’s a decent, virtuous, admired, hardworking, accomplished and humorous man. Who hates him? Does having a successful and virtuous upbringing make him “privileged”? Thanks for making the public aware that there are good people like Grant having a positive impact on young people.

BOB HAGEMAN, Chaska

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