Twin Cities doesn’t reflect Minnesota
Stop the madness. Yet another story that says Twin Cities real estate is growing (“Real estate is propelling state on economic surge,” Sept. 18) My home is 55 miles away from Minneapolis, and there’s no recovery here. I’ve had my house on the market for four months and have dropped the price three times — way below what I paid for it years ago. No jobs, no buyers. Star Tribune, do you cover the surrounding area of the Twin Cities or just Minneapolis?
KELLY SWANSON, Milaca, Minn.
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Treat killer cats and hunters the same
A study on the neuter and release of feral cats estimated that each year they kill more than a billion birds and mammals, including rats (“Managing feral cats: The facts and the values,” Sept. 18). What about the number of deer, pheasants, bears, mourning doves, etc., killed by hunters each year? Maybe a study could call for a program to neuter hunters.
SHIRLEY HALL, Minneapolis
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His column on crime perpetuated stereotypes
To be sure, black crime is a problem as is any kind of crime. Think of the costs of white crime perpetrated by the Bernie Madoffs of the country. To look at crime statistics only through a “colored” lens gives an inaccurate picture (“Can we admit black crime is a problem?” Jason Lewis column, Sept. 15).
For every bit of “anecdotal” evidence cited in the column, you could find cases of white-on-black crime that would be just as horrific, including lynchings, dragging behind pickups and fatal beatings of homeless persons. Look further at the numbers, and you would find poverty to be a much greater predictor of crime than race. We as a society need to get past racist stereotypes and tackle problems, such as joblessness, homelessness and poverty.
JAMES BETTENDORF, Brooklyn Park
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Note to Lewis: George Zimmerman did not “garner so much attention for allegedly accosting a black teen.” He garnered attention because he killed the unarmed young man.
NICK DOLPHIN, Minneapolis
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