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A foster parent recently wrote wondering why adoptive parents need to go overseas to find children with so many kids in the United States needing homes (Readers Write, Jan. 11). My wife and I adopted from India about 20 years ago. I’ll try to answer this question.
The many waiting children foster parents see are older and problem kids. Most of us adopting kids have no children when we go into the process because we can’t have kids in the usual manner. We aren’t heroes trying to save the world; we just want to have a family, like others. Furthermore, when we start the process, we haven’t been parents yet. We don’t know how good our parenting skills will be. We don’t know if we could handle the difficulties of raising kids who come from a troubled home.
When we looked into adoption, we discovered that there were very few babies available in this country. We heard stories about five-year waiting lists, and even then the mother had to choose you. It is also true that these foreign children need a home just as much as the children in this country.
MARK V. ANDERSON, Minneapolis
Speaking of leaders setting a tone …
In response to the Jan. 10 Letter of the Day (“Maybe Christie didn’t do it, but he must have set the tone”): One does not need to go back as far as the Nixon administration for examples of individuals’ taking it upon themselves to further political interests. Recently disclosed government activities, such as the IRS selectively targeting groups that had names such as “Tea Party” and “Patriot,” the State Department’s “Fast and Furious” program and the federal government’s phone-tapping of the Associated Press all appear to have been instigated by individuals following the Obama administration’s “tone” without any “personal” involvement from the president. I find all of these “uncomfortably remindful of President Richard Nixon’s ‘enemies list.’ ”
MARK PLOOSTER, Plymouth
Could we dispense with the euphemisms?
I accept the apology of Target president and CEO Gregg Steinhafel and the explanation of what the company is doing regarding the card breach, but I wish Target would stop referring to me as a “guest.” A guest usually receives something from a host, such as food or drink, without paying for it. A customer is someone who pays for goods or services. Thank you for your consideration.
DONALD OFSTEDAL, Minneapolis
A Jan. 11 editorial incorrectly stated that the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce is a member of the Move MN transportation coalition. The St. Paul chamber has not yet decided whether to join the organization.
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