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This is an unacceptable encroachment on our freedom and liberties as a free society … or are we one anymore? Perhaps it’s time to recall the words of Patrick Henry: “Give me liberty or give me death!”
STEVE HAYDEN, Eden Prairie
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The Met Council continues to ignore the foundational behavior of generational poverty, like the high rates of school dropouts and teenage pregnancy. Instead, the council embraces the geographic cure: “If I simply move to a new town, none of my self-destructive behavior will follow me.”
Dispersing poverty means moving poverty from its current neighborhood to one near you.
TERRY LARKIN, Minnetonka
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The causes of poverty are by all credible accounts complex and multifaceted, and Kersten, in eliding the systems of oppression and cycles of violence and degradation faced by impoverished communities, only adds to the problem. To write off poverty as the fault of the poor is to blinker ourselves to the moral responsibility and calling that echoes down from scripture to America’s own proud history of social betterment.
But perhaps most galling is Kersten’s use of African-American out-of-wedlock marriage statistics to bolster her claim that those stricken with poverty have only themselves to blame. Let’s put aside that equating “black” with “poor” is reductive and racist, and let’s be charitable and assume that her moral scolding about out-of-wedlock births comes from an honest (if misguided) desire to alleviate poverty and not from the long and storied history of whites calling blacks lascivious. Still, this column trots out a way of thinking about race and poverty that ought to be put to pasture.
JOHN WEST, Chicago
Inconsistent affection for the canine family
I was sickened by the Nov. 21 photo of that poor pit bull who has been so horribly scarred for the entertainment of a questionable audience (“Dogfight operation busted”). But while dogfighting is considered barbaric and is therefore illegal, let’s not forget that across Minnesota this month, wolves have been stepping into leg traps that will cause them terrible pain for up to two days, and all for the entertainment of a select few. It’s a double standard that many of us simply do not understand.
LENORE MILLIBERGITY, Minneapolis
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