Readers Write (April 12): Stabbing case, supportive housing, heroin law, campaign finance, Jesus, doctors and nurses

  • Updated: April 11, 2014 - 6:44 PM

In their grace and strength, victim’s family members offer a model we can follow.

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STABBING CASE

Victim’s family sets a powerful example

Homicide victim Lila Warwick’s legacy includes a family whose courage is truly amazing (“Teen killer’s remorse met with grace, life sentence,” April 10). They are inspirations to all of us. I couldn’t help but think of how their attitude reflects the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi: “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” And this is especially appropriate: “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

Would that all of us could be as strong as these women are. They have my greatest respect.

L.A. ANDERSON, Eden Prairie

 

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

As recent stories show, its benefits will ripple

Three recent stories about the need for supportive housing in Minnesota (“Hennepin County expands help for sexually exploited youth,” March 26, “Brooklyn Park plans to open shelter for homeless kids,” March 21, and “Single parents work to hold on,” April 6) remind us that the lack of affordable housing has a significant, negative impact on our children. Half of the homeless citizens in our state are under age 21. Unless we invest in them now, they will go through their most vulnerable years being undernourished, undereducated, unhealthy, underappreciated and uninspired.

Every $1 of public money invested in supportive housing returns $1.44 to state coffers. It is critical, therefore — both economically and morally — that the Legislature approve $100 million for supportive housing. By investing in housing, we are investing in our children, and investing in them is a wise and lucrative investment for us all.

KAREN BARSTAD, Minneapolis

 

HEROIN USE

The word ‘priority’ is getting a workout

Regarding state legislation that would allow law enforcement personnel and other first responders to administer Narcan to counter the effects of a heroin overdose but provide legal immunity for those who sought the help, I submit the following definition of the word “priority” — “something that is more important than other things and that needs to be done or dealt with first” — and the following quotes.

 

“I would agree that a priority is to save lives, but that should not allow those who have put those lives in jeopardy but who ‘harbored no intent’ to gain immunity.”

MIKE AUSPOS, a retired police officer, in a letter to the editor published April 11

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