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Continued: Readers Write: (May 6): Thwarted massacre, ride sharing, Jim Oberstar, capital punishment, swimming lessons, orchestra

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JIM OBERSTAR

He was a champion of transportation

The Associated General Contractors of Minnesota and Minnesota’s construction industry lost a great friend with the passing of Congressman Jim Oberstar.

It didn’t matter that he was Democrat or Republican. He was committed to transportation as a means to better living.

He believed that building and upgrading transportation systems improved Minnesota’s quality of life — connecting communities, creating jobs and spurring economic development.

His contributions to the building and transportation industries are immeasurable, and we are forever indebted to him as a public servant who placed Minnesota’s welfare above his own.

Dave Semerad, St. Paul

 

The writer is CEO of AGC of Minnesota.

 

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

Authority is derived from high standards

A May 3 letter writer noted that even though the Oklahoma execution of Clayton Lockett was botched, Lockett deserved less compassion than his victim. There is no argument that Lockett’s crime was heinous, but is that our new standard: We are cruel killers, but at least we’re a little bit better than the guy we’re executing?

Whatever you think about the death penalty, we get the moral authority to apply it by being better than the people we’re executing and by following the rule of law and not some perceived right of vengeance.

Joe Garrick, Anoka

 

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