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Kersten hit the metaphorical nail on the head yet again in her incisive analysis of the proposed legislation. Masking attempts to indoctrinate children as concern for their welfare is both dishonest and dishonorable, playing, as it does, on the sympathies of the many who rightly deplore the persecution and victimization of the young by their peers, or by anyone else, for that matter. Sadly, bullying will never be eliminated altogether, but well-ordered schools in which teachers are empowered to intervene and enjoy institutional and parental support will lessen its occurrence considerably. Orwellian speech codes and creating “protected classes” are definitely not the answer to this age-old problem.
BERNARD CARPENTER, Chanhassen
SEX OFFENDER PROGRAM
Editors willing to take the next logical step?
Regarding “Last chance on sex offender reforms” (Feb. 28): It seems very glib for the Star Tribune Editorial Board to point out that human beings, in Minnesota, are being confined in violation of their rights — without calling for their immediate release.
JOHN NORBLOM, Minneapolis
We accept it as reality. Maybe we shouldn’t.
Two paragraphs — fewer than 100 words. Is that what a young mother’s life is worth? I’m oversimplifying this, but I couldn’t help reacting this way to the Feb. 28 report about Kiela Knowles’ death. The all-too-familiar story included a convicted sex offender, a deceased 19-year-old mother and another motherless child.
Another short story reported on the status of the investigation into the killing of 20-year-old Anarae Schunk, whose body was thrown in a ditch.
I’m not suggesting that the media should give murders more press. I am commenting that murder seems to have become common and no longer shocking.
What’s a life worth? Is it worth more than a new stadium? More than a world-class orchestra? More important than banning e-cigarettes or promoting light rail? How much press, time and money go to these issues, compared with ending domestic violence and murder?
People are killed every day. We accept this as part of life, as long as it happens to someone else’s mother, brother, family or friend. Maybe it is time for us to re-evaluate our values.
ROBERT HEUERMANN, Hudson, Wis.
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