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I’m opposed to making bullet resistant vests a requirement for probation officers (“Counties work to keep probation officers safe,” Sept. 17). First, probation officers have a good sense of when an offender will be dangerous or not. Second, most officers won’t wear the vest if given the choice. Ramsey County shouldn’t waste our money on buying each officer a vest. That said, I am in favor of buying enough vests so that there’s always some on hand for officers who want them.
NOAH OVIEDO BORMETT, St. Paul
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Let’s learn the secret to slim Italian eating
Frank Bruni claims that Italians are thinner than Americans largely because they eat smaller meals (“We eat too much. Simple as that,” Sept. 18). Nonsense. During our recent stay in Rome, my wife and I were stunned by the huge amounts of food most Italians consumed at dinner in restaurants.
It was routine to watch as two fit and trim Italians each worked their way through large-proportioned appetizers, generously sized pasta entrees, followed by pizzas for each that can only be described as extra large, and often a sweet custard dessert.
When we limited ourselves to a single serving of pasta, our waiters always asked us why we didn’t like the dish, as we could never finish all of it. If we want to solve our serious obesity crisis, it’s time that our best nutritionists spent time in Italy to learn their secret.
MARK H. REED, Plymouth
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