Readers Write: (Sept. 23): Marijuana, Pope Francis, Minneapolis schools, sensitivity, Minneapolis police, living wills

  • Updated: September 22, 2013 - 11:17 PM

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Leave the strategizing to those in the know

I have to chuckle a little, then shake my head in amazement at the letters sent in by people who think they know the drug world better than the people who work in it and fight against it, in this case Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek (“Lax marijuana enforcement puts us on a dangerous road,” Sept. 18).

The folks who wrote in and explained how legalizing marijuana would cut down on crime (Readers Write, Sept. 20) reminded me of a street person going into a bakery and explaining how dough rises to the baker. Some people just don’t have a clue and need to leave this area to the experts.


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Beginning to draw skeptics, admirers

While strongly supportive of Pope Francis’ commitment to social justice, I was deeply disappointed to hear him refer to abortion as a “small issue” (“Pope rocks church by castigating ‘small’ rules,” Sept. 20).

Is he not aware that social justice applies to all God’s creatures? This definition would certainly include unborn children.

I could certainly agree that contraception is a small, private issue to be decided by each individual woman depending on her circumstances. But taking human life at any stage is no small thing.


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Wow, a nonelitist pope who’s telling the church that it worries more about its rules than it does about its people (seems another important person once told his church leaders the same thing). A pope who is “personally” reaching out to the common and poor people. A pope who understands that his “authoritative” stance on issues was doing more harm than good. A pope who chooses not to live in luxury and buys a used car he can “personally” drive around in. How refreshing!

WILLIAM MILLER, Brooklyn Center

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