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There are too many politicians on our U board. Changing this method and setting requirements might make the apparent whitewash get into the open.
KENNETH SACHS, Minnetonka
Why archbishop’s case warrants investigation
I agree with the Dec. 19 letter writer who thinks we should probably give Archbishop John Nienstedt a pass on allegations that he patted a boy’s bottom. If it happened at all, it was probably as innocent as the coach-and-player example the letter writer mentioned.
The difference is that Nienstedt’s damaged credibility, and the church’s history of coverup, makes any allegation worth investigating if it could mean another victim is helped. This regrettable, but logical, consequence was brought about by the church’s own flawed policy and shortsighted leadership.
BOB WORRALL, Roseville
So, here, the death of a fetus counts?
It is interesting that someone who killed a woman carrying a 15-week-old fetus can be sentenced for both deaths (“2 life terms in pregnant wife’s death,” Dec. 18). Meanwhile, thousands of fetuses are killed each day in the United States, and not only is it not murder, but marches are held to celebrate the right to kill them. It appears that in the eyes of U.S. law, if a child is wanted then it is alive, and if it is not wanted it has fewer rights than a pet hamster. I wonder how long this inconsistency will stand?
BRIAN VANCE, Woodbury
Money for the needy is clearly out there
It nauseated me to read in the Dec. 19 Business section that the CEO of Hormel Foods was paid total compensation of more than $6.9 million for the year ending Oct. 31 and that the new Qualcomm CEO’s 2012 base pay was $805,582 as part of a $14.2 million package, in view of the current national budget’s reduction in food stamps for the indigent and the refusal of Congress to raise the minimum wage.
MELVIN OGURAK, Edina
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