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Continued: Readers Write (Sept. 1): College, dogs, civil rights, State Fair, 'Breaking Bad,' Georgia woman, Bachmann aide

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Kudos to those who endured the heat

My hat is off to anyone who braved the heat and went to the Minnesota State Fair last week. I’m not sure what the official temperature was, but it hit almost 98 degrees on my thermometer. I’ve got to assume in such conditions that the Great Minnesota Get-Together was more like the “Great Minnesota Sweat-Together.”

WILLIS WOYKE, Columbia Heights

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Why Anna Dunn has become a hate target

I’m not at all surprised to hear that people hate actor Anna Dunn because of her portrayal of Skyler in “Breaking Bad” (“Character attack: Being Skyler White,” Aug. 27). First, some people overidentify with television characters as through they were real people. Second, sexism and double standards are still rampant in this country. I’m staring age 50 in the face and don’t see this ending in my lifetime. Strong, independent and intelligent women are despised and vilified. Progress, which includes the changing of attitudes, comes slowly, if at all. It’s sad, but true.

CARLENE DEAN, Osakis, Minn.

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Gunman disarmed by a woman’s empathy

Dahlia Lithwick wonders about politicizing the example Georgia school bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff inadvertently set when she single-handedly protected a school full of vulnerable children and adults as well as the dangerously disturbed man who threatened them (“In Georgia, a lesson in empathy,” Aug. 27).

Armed quietly with calm audacity, nonjudgmental openheartedness and a steel backbone, Tuff pacified a man equipped with a variety of weapons. This woman turned a potential war zone into a shining example of the human spirit at a time when self-serving business and political leaders seek to convince us that safety lies in personal and national ownership of weapons. Tuff, a humble unarmed woman, modeled the simple power of profound love.

SHAWN GILBERT, Bloomington

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