As I was talking with the pleasant gentleman who answered, it occurred to me that, to this man, this is about more than a ruined trip; it may mean no paycheck.
he car rental and hotel we are booked for will have one less customer during their slower season. The park rangers will be furloughed. The train attendants, conductor and engineers may not be able to make their mortgage payments.
My husband and I can always travel another time, but these people are innocent pawns in a selfish partisan showdown.
JODY KOCI, Burnsville
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Fear and money. Those are two major components of our current political system.
Not reason or facts. And journalism fails us by utilizing press-release reporting that never delves into a story, but takes at face value what politicians say.
Take the looming government shutdown. Wailing is at a fever pitch over the terrible consequences when government “closes its doors.”
Well, in the last shutdown in 1995-96, critical government operations continued, and when it was all over, Congress granted back pay to those who had to stay home, meaning that government employees didn’t lose a dime.
Can we end this endless cycle of misinformation, bombastic rhetoric and media manipulation?
Yes, by public financing of elections that would allow intelligent, reasonable and principled candidates to ask for our votes.
RICHARD BREITMAN, Minneapolis
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Intemperate criticism misses several points
The staff of the Star Tribune editorial pages must surely have chuckled when they decided to run the offensive Sept. 22 letter (“Treat killer cats and hunters the same”) that called for Minnesota’s hunters to be neutered. I’m not laughing.
Besides leading the battle to conserve habitat to the benefit of all state wildlife, hunters nationwide positively impact the economy by more than $24.9 billion annually. We support more than 600,000 jobs, many of them in this state.
The letter writer also is out of touch on one other matter: The fastest-growing demographic in hunting is the growing number of young females taking up the sport.
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