Readers Write (May 3): Thwarted massacre, 'botched' execution, same-sex relationships, Obama administration

  • Updated: May 2, 2014 - 6:44 PM

The fate of a community hinged on a crucial 911 call.

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THWARTED MASSACRE

Our gratitude to alert citizen who called 911

Thanks to Waseca, Minn., resident Chelsie Schellhas, our community has been rescued from a devastating attack that might have been the worst in history (“Teen’s plan: Kill family and then schoolmates,” May 2). Schellhas called 911 after seeing suspicious activity at a storage facility. She is not only a local hero, but a national hero for making that phone call. Most people wouldn’t have wanted to get involved. It is her name, rather than those of killers, that should go down in history.

Michael Chinander, Owatonna, Minn.

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Thankfully, a tragedy has been prevented. What could have turned into a horrible mass shooting has led to the arrest of 17-year-old John LaDue. It pains me that anyone, especially someone in high school, could come up with such a horrific plan. I am not sure why this sort of thing is happening so much. It could be because of violence portrayed on TV or in video games. Having seen from experience that 8-year-olds now play games blasting out someone’s brain concerns me for the direction our country.

I am not sure how LaDue came to possess firearms and bombs, but we must prevent a situation like this from happening again. I am not for banning firearms, but perhaps we need to strengthen our restrictions on how one can possess deadly weapons.

Martina Kerber, Eden Prairie

 

OKLAHOMA EXECUTION

Let us remember what the prisoner had done

While the botched execution of the prisoner Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma has outraged and anguished many, has anyone given a thought to his victim? He kidnapped and beat a woman and ordered accomplices to bury her alive. Exactly who suffered the most? And who deserves the most compassion and tears?

Mary Jo Sutherland, Shorewood

 

SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPS

Bigotry of tolerance? Tolerance of bigotry?

In the public statement signed by prominent supporters of same-sex-marriage rights and reprinted in the Star Tribune May 2 under the headline “Persuade, don’t punish gay rights opponents” (May 2), I still see a resistance to the idea that gay marriage should be no more or less a privilege than marriage is for heterosexuals. The authors claim that we need bow to the churches, those high fomenters of xenophobia, so we can be sure that the spewing of their ideas flows freely.

Only a few decades ago, gays could — because of the misinformation posited by a coalition of those churches and the supposed intelligentsia — be incarcerated in prisons or mental institutions for life. They could, legally, be castrated or lobotomized. We have suffered at the hands of those in positions of power too long to tolerate bigotry, whether soft or hard, by people in positions of power.

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