Readers Write (May 7): Target, U.S. Supreme Court, special education, diversity

  • Updated: May 6, 2014 - 7:16 PM

For $26 million, chances are many people would be glad to be held “accountable.”


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For departing CEO, this really has to smart

Columnist Lee Schafer writes in the May 6 Business section that Target is holding its departing CEO “accountable.” I had to laugh at that as I read the accompanying article about how much money that same CEO is taking with him after being shown the door (“Steinhafel could get $26 million from Target”). CEOs and “regular” people really do live in different worlds, don’t they? And someone’s idea of accountable is just as different.

Jim Stromberg, Edina

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By looking at the presentation of “Who’s next for Target?” in the May 6 Business section, it appears the assumption is that the next CEO will be male. The headline contains the large Target bull’s-eye logo surrounded by photos of five male potential candidates. But what really struck me was that the ghostlike image in the illustration was so obviously male. I’m sure some will think this is an overreaction, but what is a young woman to think? The message is clear: “Women need not apply.”

Polly Saul, Minneapolis



Let’s see how this goes when it’s not Christian

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that government bodies can begin their meetings with prayer, even when it clearly favors one religion. I can only begin to imagine the chaos that would ensue were that prayer consistently invoking the name of Allah instead of Jesus. Five of the robed nine need a history lesson as a reminder that freedom of religion includes freedom from religion.

Susan Barrett, South St. Paul

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Since history and tradition were cited as justification for the ruling, I will await the high court’s decisions to return our nation to other traditions, such as slavery, child labor and voting rights for property-­owning males only.

Todd Embury, Ramsey



Teacher passion will meet reality of red tape

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