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The $90 million building that state senators are designing for themselves assumes that we, the public, work for them. No, it is the other way around.
If this venture is valid, then it should be part of an election campaign. This would permit the senators to fully and openly discuss this need with their constituents who employ them, and they will decide.
ARNE H. CARLSON, Plymouth
The writer was governor of Minnesota from 1991-1999.
‘WE THE PEOPLE ACT’
Don’t confuse state and federal versions
The Minnesota Senate’s “We The People Act” was cited by a Nov. 20 letter writer. This act would require the U.S. Congress to submit for passage a constitutional amendment that would reverse the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of Citizens United, which made corporations people, and would disallow corporations from using corporate funds for political purposes. Sounds like a great idea to me.
Just make sure that when you hear about a “We The People Act” at the federal level, you don’t mistake it for the state bill. The one at the federal level is authored by Ron Paul and basically states that the U.S. Supreme Court cannot overturn any state laws. It is nothing more than Tea Party ideology.
PATRICK G. BORRELL, Waverly, Minn.
Don’t go thinking it’ll work for you
As a person who believes in reasonable measures of gun control in our country, I look to the daily news with a continuing sense of frustration and dismay. In light of this, I was disappointed to see the Nov. 16 headline celebrating a quick-thinking burglary victim who was able to get to his gun and kill the young man who was threatening him (“Gun to head, man thought fast”). I would criticize the Star Tribune for choosing it for the top of the front page and painting it with black-and-white brush strokes of a good guy with a gun defeating a bad guy with a gun. I could just imagine the NRA cheering, perhaps making T-shirts. Never mind the dead person, since he was a bad guy. Never question whether there are other ways to protect our property or our persons. So we go on, waiting for the next shooting. The gun lobby’s hold over our country is, and should be, one of our greatest shames. In the future, please try not to assist it.
TIM SCHMITT, Eagan
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