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Continued: Readers Write: (Sept. 17): Jim Souhan, Jerry Kill; newspaper sensitivity

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Every coach has weaknesses. Some don’t recruit well; some don’t develop players. The successful coaches overcome these things and even turn them into positives. Kill has implemented a plan whereby the coaches, players and even the fans know what to do on these occasions. No one was surprised, no one panicked, and the Gophers went on and played well in the second half. This is true leadership — to know you can’t do everything, and to train and trust others to do their jobs. It is barely even newsworthy at this point, and that is why U athletic director Norwood Teague saw no reason to address it.

JEFF CERKVENIK, Shoreview

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A good sportswriter could become a pied piper, a magnet for attention and money. That’s how it’s supposed to work. But on Sunday, the Star Tribune Sports section, and by extension the entire paper, became the subject of pity and ridicule. Jim Souhan suffered more hair loss, and the editor chose to pretend that nothing was wrong. How can a newspaper continue to employ a writer who keeps losing his hair?

Of course, I have no idea how hair loss relates to sports writing, and I am sympathetic — although I have a full head of hair. But I am offended.

JEFF MOSES, Minneapolis

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SENSITIVITY, CONTINUED

Two other references in paper were off-key

While I was absolutely delighted to read “Nonprofit brings wilderness to everyone” (Neal St. Anthony column, Sept. 16), I was dismayed in one respect — the use of the phrase “wheelchair-bound” to describe Jim Frey. It was especially ironic to see this phrase juxtaposed with an anecdote that clearly demonstrated how unbound Mr. Frey can be from his method of locomotion. I’d encourage editors to adopt a more active phrase in describing people who use wheelchairs. Perhaps something like “now uses a wheelchair?” Or “relies on a wheelchair?”

JENNIFER NELSON, Minneapolis

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As I was reading the editorial “Nicollet Mall: A truly public space?” (Sept. 16), I stopped short at the sentence: “Starched-collared corporate types strolled shoulder to shoulder with welfare mothers and their screaming babies.” If you don’t know why I was appalled by that sentence, then you don’t deserve to run a newspaper.

CAROLYN HAWKINS, Minneapolis

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Six modest proposals for Nicollet Mall’s screaming welfare babies:

1) Harness wind power from welfare babies’ screams to operate trolleys.

2) Post welfare babies along the skyway system to guide visitors by their screams.

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