Readers Write: (Nov. 19): Renisha McBride, ACA, 'Give to the Max' day, I-694 construction, women's hockey, orchestra

  • Updated: November 18, 2013 - 6:27 PM

As strong as people of color are, how can they bear the burden of continued killings?


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Whites just can’t ignore burden borne by blacks

As another young black person (Renisha McBride, in Detroit) is killed and buried, those of us with white privilege can no longer claim to be colorblind or that the genocide of black people (and other communities of color) has ended. As capable and strong as blacks and other people of color are, how can they survive the continued onslaught on their very lives and the lives of their children? How poverty-stricken to love your gun more than your neighbor’s life.




I’m in the odd position of counseling patience

I was never a patient person about the bugs in the rollout of a new computer system or upgrade when my husband and I were employed — or about new technology at home today, for that matter. Always, always, I’m told by everyone — even my husband when I’d be asking if he had any plans to come home as the hour grew later and later on upgrade day — that these things just take time and to be patient. Now I find myself saying “be patient” while the whole country is having a hissy fit over the Affordable Care Act.

On the other hand, a political party that has fought to hinder the implementation of Obamacare in every way imaginable and in many states refused to set up a marketplace is having it own hissy fit about the difficulties that are delaying enrollment.

Humans …

SUE KEMPE, Montevideo, Minn.



Thanks to all who donated (and persisted)

“Challenging,” “frustrating” and “exciting” are how some described “Give To The Max” day last week. With more than 4,400 nonprofits all asking for donations, it’s always a question of where donors will direct their dollars. Because of technical difficulties, it took some real dedication and patience for some people to make a donation. However, that didn’t stop generous Minnesotans from giving more than $17 million to their favorite charities. From those who serve and are served by all of these great nonprofits, a sincere thank you for giving both your funds and your time.



The writer is president of Cheerful Givers (

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