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A third overlooked issue is the failure of our government to make higher eduction affordable to everyone. Too many students are leaving college saddled with almost insurmountable debt that will limit their purchasing power for decades.
Finally, progressive taxes do matter. The tax rate on the wealthiest have never been lower. Many of the problems we have in this country (budget deficits, crumbling infrastructure) are amplified because the very wealthy are not paying their share.
KEN ASCHEMAN, Blaine
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
If anything, apologize for making it wimpy
President Obama’s apology about dropped health insurance coverage, and the subsequent administrative change he enacted to allow policies to be reinstated for one year, are weak political moves and bad policy. The insureds who lost their policies had junk policies that really didn’t give them much coverage and were very profitable for insurance companies. Those effected should go into the marketplace exchange and buy some quality insurance that will work for them when they need it, and thank Mr. Obama for covering their back.
What the president should apologize for is not supporting Medicare for all, or at least a public option.
BRUCE FISHER, St. Louis Park
Criticism of Dayton is shortsighted
The writer of the Nov. 15 Letter of the Day (“Dayton’s giving reflects the ideology of compassion”) missed an opportunity to teach his 18-year-old son about the true meaning of compassion and giving. The parent failed to teach the child that giving does not need to be reflected in the amount of money, but rather the time and energy one sacrifices.
For a politician like Gov. Mark Dayton, a lifelong career in the public sector is a true exercise in giving and compassion. Coming from a family of wealth and connections, he took the compassionate road by following a career with low pay and minimal recognition.
And oh, yeah, isn’t Dayton the man who forewent an entire year’s public salary (while in the U.S. Senate, on behalf of seniors buying prescription drugs) and still did a hard year’s work? That sounds like the spirit of giving to me.
ALEXANDER CAHILL, Brooklyn Park
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