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Continued: Readers Write: (Dec. 24): Target's security breach, Hennepin County pay, 'Duck Dynasty' and 'free speech'

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It’s not surging; it’s catching up

Thanks, Star Tribune, for choosing such a balanced headline and opening paragraph for the Dec. 23 article about the coming pay increases for Hennepin County employees (“County pay surges up to 15 percent”) — even though other choices, such as “Hennepin pay finally catching up” or “A pay thaw after years of freeze” would have better reflected the story. Not catchy enough for Page One, above the fold, I suppose. We public-sector employees sure appreciate your participation in the ongoing assault against us and thank you kindly for doing your part to keep us in our place.

MELINDA ERICKSON, Minneapolis

‘DUCK DYNASTY’

Freedom of speech has a specific application

Whenever an individual like Phil Robertson of the television show “Duck Dynasty” finds himself mired in controversy for expressing an opinion that someone takes offense to, defenders, without fail, immediately take to the rooftops shouting “freedom of speech.”

It would be nice if they actually realized what freedom of speech is. The founding fathers made sure that freedom of speech was included in the Constitution so citizens could criticize and question the government without fear of retaliation. The right to free speech in the official capacity has nothing to do with the simple act of freely speaking about whatever suits your fancy.

The government neither grants nor protects one’s ability to speak. That’s a privilege earned at the time of birth.

JASON GABBERT, Prior Lake

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