Had enough time to gather files, archdiocese? … How about now?
After 40 years, the files ought to be ready
It’s difficult to avoid seeing the irony in the reason for the request by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for more time to turn over its files (Twin Cities + Region, March 26) — “an exhaustive, time consuming, and extremely expensive and burdensome process.” The “burden” is the archdiocese’s own doing. It is precisely because the archdiocese has relentlessly spent its time and money on legal pursuits to keep its files secret for the last 40 years — not merely 40 years ago, but continuing — that it now finds itself requiring more time to conduct an internal review of files that should long ago have been turned over to authorities.
I had thought my opinion of the archdiocese’s handling of its pattern of sexual abuse could not be any lower until I read in this article of its attempt to depose John Doe 1’s “friend’s, family, co-workers and employers.” If this is the way the archdiocese treats those claiming to be abuse victims — as adversaries to be given the full force of intimidating legal strategies — it seems to have lost its way as a religious organization true to its own teachings and purpose.
John Thoma, Woodbury
Progress, but with two feet stuck in the past
James Lenfestey (Opinion Exchange, March 27) strikes a cautiously optimistic note about the battle against fossil-fuel-generated climate change. Yet global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise unabated. Without major cuts in these emissions, on the order of 5 percent a year starting now, we face a future of extreme heat; accelerating wildfires and massive storms; unprecedented floods and droughts; coastal inundations; freshwater shortages, and the extinction of sea life that billions depend upon for food.
Perhaps we can take comfort that the reality of human-caused climate disruption is now accepted (despite talk-radio chatter) by national and corporate leaders; by international political, economic and scientific organizations, and by most academic institutions.
Partisan politics have slowed U.S. efforts to control climate disruption. Historically, the United States has been the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, and even now our per-capita emissions far exceed those of China — and considering that emissions from China are largely driven by our demand for products, we have simply exported our industrial production and waste.
Bruce Snyder, Mendota Heights
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In response to the March 28 letter from a landowner who has no problem with an Enbridge oil pipeline on his land, we all likely agree that Enbridge employees are good people. One of the many problems a lot of us have with this pipeline is that there seems to be no comprehensive plan regarding energy in this state. We are letting a corporation call the shots when we should be calling a timeout. We’ve all been addicted to oil for a long time, and we need to start to use cleaner sources of energy. The recent approval for a solar panel project by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is a step in the right direction.
Remember, landowner: Once the Sandpiper corridor is approved, you won’t have seen the last of Enbridge. It’ll be back to tear up your land five or six more times until the Sandpiper corridor is full of pipelines, too. The chances of an oil spill increase with each pipeline, and Enbridge’s record of safety is not good — no matter how reassuring its employees may be.
Janet Hill, McGregor, Minn.
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