Readers Write (Dec. 4): Priests, Pope Francis, climate change, cancer care, Guthrie play, megamall stunt

  • Updated: December 3, 2013 - 6:20 PM

Given our sex offender paranoia, why were priests not identified sooner?

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NAMING PRIESTS

Why did it take so long to get to transparency?

It seems incredible and alarming that, given the hypersensitivity that communities have toward the presence of sexual predators in their midst, we are only now going to learn the identity of some of the worst offenders among priests (“Abusive priests to be named,” Dec. 3). Offenders who not only operated with impunity in places of worship for decades, but also employed the subterfuge that they were “men of God.”

GENE CASE, Andover

Pope Francis

Let’s stop using labels and hear the gospel

Columnists E.J. Dionne (“A pope who afflicts the comfortable,” Dec. 2) and Russ Douthat (“The right way to understand this pope,” Dec. 3) keep bringing up the left and right, liberalism and conservatism, in their writings about Pope Francis. Why do we need to pigeonhole so many things as left or right? Could Pope Francis simply be preaching according to scripture? I’m sure Jesus is not a fan of aborting fetuses any more than he is of me putting money in a 401(k) for my retirement while my fellow human beings are starving today.

GARTH GIDEON, Becker, Minn.

 

CLIMATE CHANGE

Don’t forget damage done by burning wood

The Dec. 2 editorial, “State will miss goal of cutting emissions,” was compelling enough to blast climate change deniers out of their complacency. Its conclusion that, “Minnesota must make up for lost time on climate issues” was dead on.

Though carbon emissions from power plants reportedly are down, emissions from “other sources” still present a significant problem, yet they are virtually ignored. According to Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) figures, residential carbon emissions have risen 22 percent, far more than industrial and all other categories shown. It may surprise many to learn that residential wood combustion is the culprit. As a major source of fine soot particulates, it is Minnesota’s largest single contributor to total black carbon emissions, according to the MPCA.

Given what continued climate change will mean to business, public health and the planet, isn’t it time to swap “recreational pollution” for cleaner alternatives? We as individuals have the power to slow climate change by stopping our burning of wood.

JULIE MELLUM

The writer is founder of Take Back the Air, Minneapolis.

CANCER CARE

Rehab helps patients regain strength, hope

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