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The attention isn’t all about her actions, is it?
In regard to the idea that there is too much about U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in the media (Letters of the Day, Sept. 13): Let’s face it, readers, editors and publishers. If Bachmann knocked out a front tooth, grew a big wart on her nose and was suddenly afflicted with crossed eyes, we would have to perpetually hunt in the media for news of her. Let the whole of us examine our consciences.
LAVONNE HALLORAN RELLER, Kandiyohi, Minn.
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INEQUITY AND SCORN
Take it seriously (but don’t take it personally)
I would like to commend the editors of this fine newspaper for running an important opinion piece about a women who was shamed for using food stamps in Edina. Sue Bulger (“To that irritated lady at the store,” Sept. 13) appears to be a lone voice talking about the casual elitism and indifference toward the lower economic classes in the western suburbs.
The wealthy suburbs of the west metro are constantly brought to the public attention for having good athletic programs, and for being listed consistently as top places to live. While there are a lot of positive aspects here, there are also issues that are grossly overlooked.
A few years ago, at an Eden Prairie High School basketball game, our student section started a chant of “food stamps” directed at Hopkins players. Our high school recently bought laptops for more than 3,000 students, while some inner-city schools don’t even have air conditioning systems.
The separation of wealth between rich and poor in the suburbs has been consistently growing. People should be outraged, but nobody (except for Bulger) is talking about these issues of suburban elitism. I recommend you keep a closer eye on the subtle and not-so-subtle makings of a hierarchy in the Twin Cities suburbs.
JON MEHLHAUS, Eden Prairie
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The shame isn’t in using food stamps, it’s in having skin so thin that one feels compelled to write a commentary chastising another individual who expressed disapproval of one’s situation at a grocery store.
This is real life. Some people judge others. Some people are rude. Some people are not as friendly as you’d prefer. Get over it, already.
Rather than be concerned over the opinion of a stranger, rise above it by knowing you are the better person. Complaining in a public forum only validates the opinion — right or wrong — of the person you feel slighted you to begin with.
JASON GABBERT, Prior Lake
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