Readers Write (March 1): Senate office building, antibullying bill, Arizona bill, Confederate flag, subprime mortgages, Ukraine

  • Updated: February 28, 2014 - 5:52 PM

Don’t need all that fancy space when we can just have fewer legislators.

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SENATE OFFICE BUILDING

Need space? Simply shrink the Legislature

There is no need to build a new Senate office building (“The case for a new state Senate building,” Feb. 27). Amend the state Constitution to eliminate the House of Representatives and bring the size of the Legislature in line with other states. The Senate can then occupy the space vacated by the House.

BARRY WAHLBERG, Alexandria, Minn.

 

ANTIBULLYING BILL

Not needed; schools are already on the case

Regarding (“Antibullying bill ‘safe’? Check the hidden agenda,” Opinion Exchange, Feb. 27): The bully pulpit is all that is needed here — we don’t need another jobs bill for lawyers. If Democrats were more confident in their leadership skills, the strength of their reasoning and the good intentions of most people, they would not have to bully everyone with even more compliance paperwork at our schools.

A majority of schools are adopting guidelines independent of a new state law. What is the purpose of creating a law when the practice the law is intended to create has already been set in motion with local policy?

BEN RIECHERS, Andover

 

RELIGIOUS BELIEFS

Oblige businesses, as we do employees

The Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to the religious beliefs and practices of employees. The Minnesota Human Rights Act also has been interpreted by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights to require reasonable accommodation. The proposed revision to the Arizona Religious Freedom Restoration Act recently vetoed by that state’s governor, Jan Brewer, would have used the same principle to require customers to provide reasonable accommodation to the religious beliefs and practices of business owners. Both types of laws protect religious freedom in the same way. Applying one standard to employees and another to business owners is discriminatory in itself.

LEWIS CAMPBELL, Northfield

 

CONFEDERATE FLAG

Shame on Star Tribune for letting it in print

A picture says a thousand words; you only have to look at the front page of the Sports section to know that (“Three dimensions,” Feb. 28). I was saddened to see, in a photo accompanying a story about the three brothers on the University of Minnesota hockey team — that a Confederate flag was hanging on the wall of their family’s basement.

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