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MARSHALL H. TANICK, Golden Valley
Seems like fatigue is part of the problem
Regarding the article “Medical mistakes down, but critical errors up” (Jan. 23), I wonder how lack of sleep effects this conundrum. Back-to-back shifts by doctors, interns and nurses can’t be good for patients. Clearly, getting adequate sleep is not just a health issue; it can, in fact, jeopardize the lives of others. Too bad we give bragging rights to those who sacrifice their eight hours for so-called productivity.
Sleep deprivation in the health field is an insidious problem that needs addressing. Isn’t it time hospitals examine their policies?
SHARON E. CARLSON, Andover
STATE CAPITOL ART
My vote for a painting that should remain
As I consider the controversy created by Gov. Mark Dayton’s remarks regarding art at the State Capitol (“Dayton ponders Civil War murals,” Jan. 22, and “How does art tell our story,” Opinion Exchange, Jan. 24), I believe that we must find a middle ground — the art in the Governor’s Reception Room should reflect the social change that the state has experienced while also honoring Minnesota’s participation in North America’s bloodiest conflict.
While it may be time to replace several of the paintings that hang in the Reception Room, I hope that one in particular will be allowed to stay. The image depicting the Third Minnesota Infantry’s march into Little Rock, Ark., stands out in my mind as the truest reflection of what Minnesota gave to the Civil War. The portrait does not impart any false romanticism, and it captures the weariness and sacrifice of the Minnesota men, portraying them as they were: tired, dirty and hardened after months of bitter fighting against their own countrymen.
IAN IVERSON, Northfield, Minn.
THE MUPPET DIET
Who’s to say there’s no nutritional value?
“Can Muppets teach kids to eat better?” asks a Jan. 24 headline. Presumably Kermit eats flies. Is that better?
JOE RITTER, Minneapolis
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