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Continued: Readers Write (May 10): Rental housing, abortion, public discourse, the love of cats

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Disagree without being disagreeable

I’m a little saddened by the lack of quality discourse in Readers Write. I’ve always thought we had a thoughtful, articulate citizenry. Regardless of feelings on an issue, terms like “nimrod” or “stupid” (eight times, no less) in letters published May 8 only further lowers the quality of our already deteriorating public discourse. Minnesotans, you can do better!

Robert Heise, Richfield

 

CATS

They don’t love us? Not my experience

One need look no further for proof that our accepted scientific paradigms are obsolete than the study that made the absurd conclusion that our cats don’t love us as much as we think they do (“Study: People’s love for cats is unrequited,” May 8).

Clueless University of Tokyo researchers steeped in hoary notions of Darwin and the empty mechanics of behaviorism wasted their time measuring cat reactions, including “head movements, tail and ear movements, eye dilation and vocalization, or whether they moved their paws.”

I woke this morning with a cat curled on my pillow, purring warmly into my ear. Later, as I read the Star Tribune, my second cat jumped into my lap, put his head upside down and enjoyed the crackling of the pages — that was after some “kneading” of my legs for extra comfort.

I admit, I’ve never liked my third cat’s penchant for licking my hand with her creepy sandpaper tongue, but only the ungrateful would feel nettled by such an act of tender affection.

Cats don’t love their humans? It’s odd how a scientific conclusion was made without such key data as purring, kneading, snuggling and sandpaper kisses.

Ken Korczak, Karlstad, Minn.

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