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Continued: Readers Write (Oct. 9): Shutdown, manufacturing, personal care assistants, orchestra, mining

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PERSONAL CARE AIDES

Union representation will protect caregivers

I have been working as a personal care attendant (PCA) for my wife, Christine, for about six years. She has multiple sclerosis and needs 24-hour care for her complex medical needs.

Without my involvement, it would be impossible to keep her out of a long-term care facility. We get about 52 hours of skilled nursing assistance per week, and I cover nearly all the remaining hours of the week. PCAs across the state provide excellent care and save taxpayers millions of dollars by keeping people in their homes and out of facilities.

I’d like to thank the legislators who worked to allow us the opportunity to vote on forming a union (“Union presses effort to organize personal care aides,” Sept. 21). The Republicans tried to cut our pay two years ago and fought hard to prevent us from having the opportunity to vote on unionization. I would encourage other PCAs to vote in favor of forming a union so that we can protect home care programs in Minnesota.

MARK KIRWIN, Minneapolis

ORCHESTRA

Corporations should step up to save the day

As a frequent visitor to your delightful city full of good restaurants, museums, art galleries and, of course, your beautiful lakes, I find it disheartening to learn of the demise of your once wonderful Minnesota Orchestra. What happened to culture in your city? Why is it that corporations that have unlimited funding for sporting events and stadiums cannot or will not underwrite the symphony?

We had the same situation in San Diego. Our symphony went bankrupt and almost terminated, but the co-founder of Qualcomm, Irwin Jacobs, came to the rescue, and we now have one of the finest symphony orchestras in the country. Shame on your corporations for allowing this to happen.

SHIRLEY COOPER, San Diego, Calif.

MINING

In the case of PolyMet, what would Lord do?

More than 30 years ago, the honorable federal Judge Miles Lord stopped Reserve Mining from polluting Lake Superior. Before PolyMet Mining Corp. is given a permit to destroy northeast Minnesota, I would like to see Lord sign off on it. He was the savior of that area.

ALAN STONE, Minnetonka

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