We do not live in a glitch-free society. Remember the many automobile recalls from an industry that has had more than 100 years of practice. Users of personal computers are constantly frustrated by glitches. Even the StarTrib, my favorite newspaper, has had its moments. That faded page I could not read, and the crease that ran through my favorite column, could likely be blamed on a computer glitch at the printing facility. These and many other examples could be cause for whining, but I will have nothing of that.
Let’s all give the good folks at MNsure a break. The system is probably not as simple as printing a newspaper. Oh, yes, in case you missed the good news — 2,500 accounts were set up by MNsure in the first 24 hours.
JOHN F. CARLSTED, St. Cloud
CIA IN SYRIA
It’s an illusion to think we can micromanage
We are again being fed nonsense: The CIA is trying “to provide enough support to help ensure that politically moderate, U.S.-supported militias don’t lose but not enough for them to win,” so that a political settlement can be arrived at in the Syrian conflict (“CIA expanding its training of Syrian rebels,” Oct. 3). Nonsense. No entity can fine-tune the outcome of a war, especially not a minor payer in the conflict that the United States is. One can regulate the temperature of bathwater, but not the outcome of a gigantic, violent struggle.
Geza Simon, Minneapolis
Public meeting reveals an unhelpful belief
In “Sex offenders not wanted in Cambridge” (Oct. 2), Christy Gunderson, “a mental health worker for 23 years,” was quoted saying that sex offenders are not human and that they should not be treated as such. How frustrating and utterly disappointing that a person with a mental-health background would spread that kind of fear and prejudice. How does it move toward a constructive solution? And surely dehumanizing people does not advance public safety, no matter whom the person is or what crime they have committed.
This woman does not speak for most mental-health professionals, who acknowledge that even the sickest people are still human.
SADIE WATTS, Northfield, Minn.
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Sex offenses are a mental-health issue, are preventable, and the state program is riddled with problems. Saying that someone is not human is to degrade them in the same way that Hitler degraded the Jews. Yes, I just compared it to the mentality of the Holocaust. If we can’t treat other humans as humans after they make a mistake, then we ourselves have no right to claim to be human. Shame on the Star Tribune for publishing such shameful rhetoric.
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