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Continued: Readers Write: (Jan. 29): E-cigarettes, Trans-Pacific Partnership, charities, Capitol art, Minnesota authors, Pete Seeger

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Our history is more than fight scenes

Is anyone else tired of all the grousing about which battle picture is the most deserving of a spot in the State Capitol? Have we done nothing but fight for 150 years? Let’s celebrate instead our accomplishments in the fields of law, medicine, education, health care, human rights and the arts, as well as our belief in the importance of taking care of one another.

CATHY MURPHY, St. Louis Park



Minnesota is full of fine storytellers

Holy bagumba! Congrats to our award-winning children’s book authors and publishers. Minnesota has the most incredible kids’ lit scene of any state in the nation (“Minneapolis author wins top prize for kids’ book — again,” Jan. 28). The governor should proclaim children’s literature as the official state treasure: Minnesota, land of 10,000 storytellers.

PAT RHOADES, Minneapolis



A courageous, inspiring singer and songwriter

The American people have lost a great musical icon in Pete Seeger, who died Monday. He was the bedrock of modern folk music. Time and time again, he was there in person and song to support the worker and other civil-rights causes. He brought the punch and music to so many places of proper protest. Courageously, he stood up to McCarthy-era politics in the face of incarceration. A remarkable songwriter and tireless performer, his concerts were always memorable for their spirit and enthusiasm. My feelings can be summed up by the title of what may be one of his greatest hits: “So long, it’s been good to know yuh!”

PETE BOELTER, North Branch, Minn.

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