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Continued: Readers Write (Sept. 14): Michele Bachmann, orchestra, Syria, wages, Harvard and sexism, Vikings, food security, traffic lights

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The only reason we’re considering involvement in Syria is for President Obama to save face. He laid down a line on chemical weapons that Syria crossed. Syria is gripped in a civil war. We have no dog in that hunt except for the president’s ego. Obama should acknowledge his failure and move on.

MICHAEL HARRIS, St. Cloud, Minn.

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HARVARD REPORT

Sexism continues, despite efforts to curb it

The Harvard Business School’s 2011-2013 study reported focused on the still-present problem of institutionalized sexism (“At Harvard, an experiment in gender studies,” Sept. 8). The school’s gender experiment demonstrates what can happen when organizations acknowledge that the sexism exists, that efforts to combat the sexism must continue and that change is possible. However, in a story about a courageous and seemingly successful attempt to finally equalize educational experiences of women and men, the reporter referred to a commencement speaker as a girl.

PAULA CHILDERS, Bloomington

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MINIMUM WAGE

Essay seemed more like fiction than fact

Michael McIlhon states that “practically every labor economist” would like to correct public thought that raising minimum is good for families (“Raise wages? Actually not so helpful,” Sept. 8). McIlhon is promoting his agenda without checking his facts. According to a survey of the IGM expert economists panel, an overwhelming majority claim raising minimum wage is a desirable policy (62 percent agree, 16 percent disagree, 23 percent uncertain). I understand McIlhon’s commentary was on the opinion page, but shouldn’t opinions here be based on factual data?

DAVID BERGER, Minneapolis

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MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Be nice and give player a good home

As a lifelong resident of Minnesota (I’m 46) and an avid Minnesota sports fan, whether it be the Vikings, Wild, Twins, Timberwolves, Lynx, or University of Minnesota hockey. I think we should trade Adrian Peterson to a Super Bowl contender. The Pohlads gave Justin Morneau the chance to be on a World Series-­contending team, and we should do the same with Peterson. He’s the best running back in the NFL, and we owe it to him.

MIKE SKALSKY, Rush City, Minn.

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