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Continued: Readers Write: (Sept. 9): Suicide, health care costs, Catholic Church, the environment

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The very day before this letter appeared, I had several exchanges with a medical supply company and with my insurance company about the very same thing: outrageous pumping up of costs. I had ordered a set of six disposable filters for medical equipment. The cost charged by the medical supply company for those six disposable filters was $40. On Amazon, the cost for 50 of the same filters was $14 plus $5 shipping. I suggest that people do the math and source supplies carefully.

JANICE WILLIAMS, Golden Valley

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CATHOLIC CHURCH

Why was archbishop silent for so long?

In her Sept. 5 article “Archbishop calls for immigration reform,” Rose French twice makes note of  Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt’s silence on same-sex marriage since his stunning defeat Nov. 6, 2012, after spending a lot of capital, both monetary and moral, in support of the marriage amendment. She notes that his current support of immigration reform is a “return to politics … to the public forum” after what appears to be a self-imposed hiatus of nearly a year.

I was a member of the committee Resigned Priests for Marriage Equality that collected 80-100 signatures of fellow resigned priests for two statements: one in May 2012 that opposed the constitutional amendment and the second, earlier this year, in support of same-sex marriage.

Because I had a vested interest in the subject, I searched in vain to find in French’s article an explanation for the archbishop’s yearlong, muted behavior, a total departure from his virulent, homophobic outpourings that flowed from his poisonous pen for too many years.

ED KOHLER, St. Paul

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THE ENVIRONMENT

On lakeshore quality, look in the mirror

So Rachel Carson was right! When I was in college ages ago, “Silent Spring” was controversial, with many calling her a crackpot environmentalist.

“Pulling plug on another lake” (Sept. 5) shows further evidence that our national obsession with golf-course-type lawns is unsustainable.

As an organic gardener my entire adult life, I can attest to the benefits of nurturing nature. Our yard is an oasis for bees, butterflies, birds — and yes, even the squirrels and rabbits are welcome.

People, when are you going to wake up and stop using horrible chemicals? If you live near a lake and continue with the traditional yards near the lakeshore, your lake is in jeopardy.

LINDA BENZINGER, Minneapolis

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