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Continued: Readers Write (April 26): Value of college degrees, Southwest LRT, Byron Smith, Catholic Church, abuse of painkillers

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No matter how routing of SWLRT is explained by the Met Council, the fact remains that no passengers will be able to get on or off the trains between Lake Street and downtown Minneapolis.

Running the trains through the woods ruins the recreational value of the Kenilworth Trail area and wastes the cost of a massively expensive public resource by running it where it cannot be used to serve potential passengers.

Paul F. Leutgeb, Minneapolis

 

BYRON SMITH TRIAL

This is classic example of blaming the victim

Concerning the case of Byron Smith (“Defense: Break-ins left Smith terrified,” April 25), allow me to play the devil’s advocate: Had those two teenagers spent Thanksgiving with their respective families like most children instead of breaking into a man’s home, they would still be alive today. It is as simple as that. Why is it the victim always gets the blame?

Paul Trill, Glenwood, Minn.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Archdiocese strategy is not reality-based

The recent depositions of Archbishop John Nienstedt and the Rev. Kevin McDonough portray vividly what happens when a belief system encounters a brutal truth: the belief system prevails.

David Hartung, Stillwater

 

PAINKILLERS

Yes, some will abuse, but more will benefit

Each time the FDA approves or proposes a new narcotic, the media focuses on nothing but the potential for abuse (front page, April 22).

The new drug Zohydro is meant to be used by patients with chronic pain. Many medical situations lead to pain that is brutal and unrelenting. Opioids may be necessary. Each individual reacts differently to opioid products, necessitating several different prescribing options for physicians.

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