To believe that claim would require us to believe that these savvy and well-educated men are somehow stupid bumblers. But they’re obviously not.
If only a bishop could find the courage to say, “We tried to hide all this. We were wrong do to so. We put our self-interest first. And we are sorry.”
But that would take courage.
JUDY JONES, Marthasville, Mo.
The writer is Midwest associate director for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
CITY CHARTER UPDATE
Sure, but it’ll still be easily ignored
Regarding the Oct. 23 endorsement editorial “Update and clarify Minneapolis Charter,” of course it makes a great deal of sense to clean up such an archaic document. However, I wonder whether it matters much when our City Council can simply ignore parts it finds inconvenient, such as when it wanted to push for the city to help fund the Twins stadium. That was a clear violation of the part of the charter that was passed in 1997. Minneapolis funding for the stadium should have been put to a vote by the citizens of our city. It was not. So, the professional sports stadium funding language will remain in the proposed revision. One has to ask: “So what?”
Jerri Johnson, Minneapolis
Is Mayo donation part of ‘tyranny of the 1%’?
Perhaps the Minnesota Teacher of the Year, who at a union conference recently referred to the “tyranny of the 1 percent,” should look up the meaning of the word before making such a thoughtless accusation. Maybe she could look no further than the front page of the Oct. 24 Star Tribune, which features a story about Robert and Patricia Kern, who donated more than $67 million dollars to the Mayo Clinic. She need look no further, also, than the Kerns’ donations to public and private education. The teacher’s insinuation that the wealthy of this country are automatically “cruel, ruthless and brutal” is a disgrace to the very honor bestowed upon her. Hopefully this is not a lesson she passes on to her students.
NANCY SOLBERG, Apple Valley
WOMEN IN CONGRESS
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