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Continued: Readers Write: (Feb. 18): Common Core, Al Franken, Golden Valley group home, minimum wage, addiction

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Having been a business owner for over 30 years, I have a perspective I have not seen represented in any discussion on minimum-wage rates.

I like to pay people for their expertise, experience and skill set. I really don’t need any government input on what that rate is. It is a private transaction between me and the employee who is marketing their labor to me.

But if the government decides to raise the minimum I am required to pay, it raises the most important question of all: What guarantee do I have that worker productivity and value will rise in relation to the added expense?

DALE VAILLANCOURT, Burnsville

 

MENTAL ILLNESS

Golden Valley group home foes are confused

The mob mentality expressed by the individuals whose comments put a halt to a group home for mentality ill children in Golden Valley is the worst kind of prejudice (“Fear blocks option to treat mental illness,” Feb. 15). On one hand, people rail at the government for more treatment for mental illness to alleviate school shootings, then put a stop to a facility that would cure mentally ill children in a setting most conducive to that cure.

JOAN WICKLUND, Edina

 

ADDICTION

It starts innocently, not with intention

To a Feb. 13 letter writer who expressed his opposition to comparing addiction to a disease like his, I’d like to say, first of all, you are fighting cancer with courage and heroism. It is a very tough road to travel. You have my sympathy and my prayers. I wish it hadn’t happened to you.

Your statement “I didn’t do something to myself to cause this” is the line of demarcation where the non-addicted and addicted part ways and understanding. Before an addict is using heroin, sniffing cocaine or drinking without stopping, he or she had an innocent swallow of beer or that first glass of wine. The illness of addiction is set into motion from that moment on, usually with no awareness that something profound has just happened. Nobody would take that drink or that drag on a funny cigarette if the outcome of addiction were guaranteed.

LESLIE GASKA, Rochester

 

THE OLYMPICS

There can and should be grace in defeat

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