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Continued: Readers Write: (Oct. 3): Federal shutdown, debt ceiling, Minnesota Orchestra, human pride

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Other wage earners also put in the time

I felt compelled to write a rebuttal to the Oct. 1 letter “Why musicians’ salaries aren’t like everyone else’s.” I beg to differ. I am a registered nurse, and I have spent an equal amount in my education, if not more, and it took me way more than 30,000 hours of “practice.” I also pay for insurance. It’s been a long while since I got any substantial wage increase, and my expenses for continuing education, license fees and malpractice insurance have all increased. The difference in my job and the musicians’ jobs is that people can die if I hit a wrong note. Put on your big-boy and big-girl pants, musicians, and accept what the rest of us have been forced to accept.


Baytown Township, Minn.

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“I’d like to be the highest paid, too, but the reality is we can do what the community can afford,” said Jon Campbell, chair of the Minnesota Orchestra board. Somehow, this statement rings hollow coming from a highly compensated vice president at Wells Fargo Bank. He also said that he expects management to take several months off from negotiating with locked-out musicians. Perhaps orchestra CEO Michael Henson, who earns $360,000, according to, should take a furlough until talks resume.

The board needs to work harder to preserve this state treasure. The Minnesota Orchestra is the highly trained musicians who make beautiful music; without them, the organization is nothing more than a building.

SARAH CHAMBERS, Falcon Heights




Who’ll be first to act for the greater good?

Reflecting upon current local, national and international events, I am reminded of one of the innumerable grooks — short, aphoristic poems — that the Danish poet, artist and mathematician Piet Hein, penned. In one of these pithy sayings, “Losing Face,” he wrote: “The noble art of losing face may one day save the human race and turn into eternal merit what weaker minds would call disgrace.”

KAI LAYBOURN, Bloomington

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