Union leaders are now complicit in the destruction of Minnesota wetlands.
Et tu, leaders of the Steelworkers union?
As a former Minntac employee and member of the Steelworkers, I disagree with the claims in the March 20 opinion by Chris Masciantonio and John Rebrovich (“Wild rice and iron mining can coexist in Minnesota.”)
Minntac’s tailings pond was leaking when I went to work in 1969, and it’s still leaking today. The wild rice research shows that sulfates damage wild rice even at levels below 10 milligrams per liter.
As a retired union member, I object to Steelworker representative Rebrovich giving credibility to the distortions of the mining industry. Unions have lost important votes in Wisconsin, Tennessee and Michigan. Our reputation is certain to be damaged in Minnesota if the public realizes that union leaders are promoting the destruction of our wetlands by global mining corporations.
Bob Tammen, Soudan, Minn.
Expression is one thing, atrocities, another
I am a Holocaust survivor who after my liberation by American soldiers returned to Hungary. When communists overtook my native land, I fought back as a rebel in the Hungarian Revolution. I have known oppression, and freedom is a core belief I cannot abandon.
I take no offense at the much-discussed photos of men dressed as Nazis (“Mpls. group ‘plays’ Nazi: Sorry, no trifle,” March 20). The individuals were participating in a private party, and their freedom of expression is more important than someone’s opinion of their activity.
Crimes of World War II were hideously real. And communist atrocities in prior and subsequent years in the Soviet Union, China, Southeast Asia and South America killed more people than the Nazis did. Still, there are those who chase 90-year-old Nazis for prosecution. I wonder about a double standard. Is it easier to be emotional about Nazi cruelty than communist cruelty? I ask critics in our community to be careful about judging others. We are all born innocent, not good. That is a difference. Humanity is learned.
Robert O. Fisch, Minneapolis
SEXISM IN THE MILITARY
Lax punishment in assault stifles victims
They just don’t get it. The male-dominated military, that is.
The headline for the outcome of the trial of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair could have been printed before it started (“Army general avoids jail time in sexual assault case,” March 21).
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