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Instead of placing two teachers in a classroom in struggling schools, how about a mom and dad in every home? Parents who will value education and encourage their children in succeeding in that education would go a long way in raising test scores. It doesn’t take much to read to your children and talk to them so they come into school with a vocabulary that will lead to being a successful reader. I suppose my comments will be viewed as politically incorrect because it might make someone feel bad.
LYNETTE MITTENESS, Alexandria, Minn.
CHURCH SEX ABUSE
With partial release, key questions remain
It is amazing how Archbishop John Nienstedt and the Catholic Church in general continue to try and get by doing the minimum to resolve the sexual abuse scandal rather than taking a huge leap forward and actually resolving all of the issues by releasing all relevant documents, settling with all of those who were abused, issuing a true apology, and putting in place hard and fast rules that put the safety of children above the reputation of the institution (“Church to name abusing priests,” Nov. 12).
Had they acted with honor when the scandal first broke, it would be behind us now. In the end, they have caused the church far more harm than complete honesty could ever have done. Small wonder that the “faithful” are becoming less so every day. One wonders if even the good-hearted Pope Francis can turn the tide.
ROBERT VEITCH, Minneapolis
Let’s figure out how we got in this lousy place
As a longtime married person, I suspect the question to ask Minnesota Orchestra members is not, “What do you want?” My experience with marital conflict tells me that, instead, what should be asked is, “Who was hurt? How? What can be done to mend that tear?” In other words, draw out what is behind what seems to be going on.
MARY JEAN PORT, Minneapolis
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