DAN JOHNSON, Crystal
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I read the pope’s recent interview and encourage a Sept. 23 letter writer to do the same. What Francis said was: “The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules.” Seven paragraphs later, he said: “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods.” He also said: “If one has the answers to all the questions — that is the proof that God is not with him.”
Who am I to judge whether or not his thoughts and words are guided by the Holy Spirit?
JEANNINE BLOMDAHL, Mora, Minn.
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Are Minnesota diplomas meaningless?
Katherine Kersten writes: “A Minnesota diploma will now be essentially meaningless” (“These are your schools on DFL dogma,” Sept. 22). Does this mean all Minnesota graduates before the advent of high-stakes testing 15 years ago have meaningless diplomas? Is that what Kersten meant to say? Really?
STEPHEN HARLAN-MARKS, Robbinsdale
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Indeed, lawmakers should act as watchdogs
It’s good to know that we have conscientious legislators who are good stewards looking out for our welfare and tax dollars (“Are you worried about MNsure? We sure are,” Sept. 21). In pointing out the difficulties with the start-up of our new health care system, they are a great asset in helping to identify the problems to ensure that the system succeeds.
MYLES E. JOHNSON, Minneapolis
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They’re bad business partners for state
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