Readers Write: (March 25): Student suspensions, NFL tax breaks, welfare fraud, home teardowns, kids and candy

  • Updated: March 24, 2014 - 6:13 PM

With 20 to 30 kids in a classroom, any discipline is about order. That’s all.


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It’s not about racism; it’s a need for order

Children of all ages should be taught that there are consequences for actions (“Race affects even preschool suspensions,” March 22). When a child enters the education system, he or she is among 20 to 30 other children in the class. The educators are there to teach the students and should not be expected to spend their time with disciplinary actions. Why bring race into the picture? All children are given the same rules to follow. The focus should be teaching parents who have problem children. A school without rules would be not be able to function.

Carole Holten, McGregor, Minn.



Treat ’em to a tax break, enjoy the game

State Sen. David Osmek invokes Joe Taxpayer when he says, “No, no, no!” to “tax breaks for NFL millionaires” (“Capitol divided on NFL tax cuts,” March 23). But when another famous Joe, this one named Mauer, chooses Florida residency over Minnesota (presumably to minimize Minnesota state income taxes), Osmek’s principled stance doesn’t make sense. If Minnesota’s top pro athlete (raised in St Paul, playing in a taxpayer-funded stadium) avoids state taxes, we regular Joes really don’t care about a one-day free pass for NFL players. Particularly when the upside is hosting the Super Bowl.

Kevin Moynihan, St. Paul

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The measly multimillion-dollar impact of a Super Bowl on Minneapolis and Minnesota pales in comparison with the multibillion-dollar impact of all of the legitimate business enterprises that thrive in this state — those taxpaying enterprises who support the revenue stream that makes this state work. Ironically, based on NFL logic, those non-sport enterprises are far more worthy of tax breaks than the NFL itself, because of their largesse to the state.

The sports mafia is the most insidious form of white-collar crime in the United States today. It must be destroyed. Vanquish the gangsters of greed and the politicians who support their horribly twisted and false sense of values.

Wayne Martin, Plymouth



Prosecution just raises larger questions

Before Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman gets too proud of himself for seeking to charge the wealthy Deephaven couple with welfare fraud (“ ‘Rich folks’ accused of ripping off welfare,” March 22), the bigger question is: How did this couple get dollar one from Hennepin County in the first place? What steps in checking out this couple’s income and assets were missed? If all of the proper steps were taken by the county, there obviously is a problem with the system. How many other cases like this are there? And what is being done to prevent this abuse in the future?

Mary Diercks, Minneapolis

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