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State efforts should be airtight on every front
Thomas Duvall, a rapist who has attacked 60 women and logged fantasies while in therapy of his desire to sexually attack juveniles, is being held indefinitely in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (“Officials war over rapist’s release,” Nov. 3). Gov. Mark Dayton, while indicating that he sympathizes with the public, asked, “[A]re we ever going to take responsibility for this backdoor, indiscriminate way of leaving these people warehoused forever?”
In the same issue, an editorial discussed the fact that the Twin Cities are one of the nation’s hubs for child prostitution and sex trafficking. The Editorial Board called for all of Minnesota’s political delegation to join U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen in support of a federal statute to strengthen the law enforcement information database on missing children and children at risk. It also praised U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar for her efforts to ensure that “johns” who purchase sex acts are targeted as traffickers also.
How is it that Minnesota politicians can push for spending federal money to reduce the sexual abuse of children and sex trafficking at the federal level while at the same time the governor accepts his human-services commissioner’s judgment on the release of a horrendous sex offender from custody?
JOHN CLAUER, Park Rapids, Minn.
Minnesota DNR has been rendered useless
As someone with more than 30 years experience in resource protection with local government in Minnesota, I can concur with Dennis Anderson’s Oct. 27 column article “Lost in the Moment,” which argues that it’s time to rethink the state’s approach to conservation. It is a tragedy that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has been denigrated and nearly destroyed by the Legislature over the past 20 years. This is highlighted by the Nov. 2 article “Second time may be the charm for river rules.”
The primary reason the Mississippi River needs protection in the metro corridor is that counties, cities and townships have made a mess of it and show no inclination nor desire to protect it except for development and tax base. Rather than standing up for the resource, DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr has decided to punt and let these same units that made the mess control the rulemaking process. Why bother? As pointed out in the same article, the Legislature has already effectively removed any enforcement power from the DNR.
Look at the St. Croix: If you have enough money, you can get a variance to do whatever you want, and if you have enough real-estate developers behind you, you can even get a federal exception to build a bridge.
Let me know how I can help, Dennis.
TOM SALKOWSKI, Buffalo, Minn.
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