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Continued: Readers Write: (Dec. 15): Mental illness, University of Minnesota priorities, Paula Deen and Nigella Lawson

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Perhaps, however, teaching football is harder than teaching literature, chemistry or finance.

Perhaps football players require more individualized instruction.

Or perhaps the university has very warped priorities.

GEORGE WOYTANOWITZ, Minneapolis

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As a big Gophers sports fan, I think it is great that Lou Nanne is going to take a leadership role to raise $190 million to get our athletes at the University of Minnesota the types of practice facilities they need to be competitive (Sports, Dec. 10).

As a father, I have fears about the safety of my daughter walking to and from the U campus in the dark. After getting one crime alert after another, I believe these fears are very real. Knowing that safety is priority No. 1, I am wondering when the university will announce who is going to chair the task force or take the leadership role to raise funding to make the area safe. Students need a safe environment to pursue their dreams instead of hiding from their nightmares.

PAT COLLINS, Lindstrom, Minn.

SKELETONS IN CLOSET

Will Food Network be consistent?

The Food Network quickly dropped Paula Deen from its programming schedule after she admitted to using the “n-word” in the past, setting an example that many other Deen sponsors followed amid widespread news coverage. Deen insists she is not racist.

Now another Food Network star — Nigella Lawson — has admitted to using cocaine and marijuana in the past, although she insists she is not an addict. The comparisons are striking, although the network thus far has chosen to say and do nothing about the Lawson admissions.

If the Food Network chooses to keep Lawson, are we to interpret its actions to mean that drug use is not as onerous as racial slurs?

NANCY THORNE, St. Louis Park

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