Don’t generalize. Young people can be very well-informed and welcome discussion.
It’s possible to be both young and informed
The Star Tribune recently published a satirical article about how this year’s college graduates may be the most ignorant of any due to a lack of openness toward discussion (“Class of 2014, may you enjoy a most ignorant bliss,” May 18). The author, Stephen L. Carter, mentioned the undercover drone warfare policy of the U.S. military. As a high school graduate of 2014 who had to write a paper on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, I took offense at the assumption that students my age are not informed. After writing a 10-page paper analyzing the social and economic advantages and disadvantages, I am well-informed on the problem, and I had great discussion with my peers.
Although there was debate and disagreement, I came to the conclusion that the U.S. drone policy must be changed to be more transparent and stricter regarding the use of UAVs. I decided to enact this change by starting a petition on Change.org. If you are interested, please look up my petition and help me to influence the bloated federal government.
Meanwhile, thank you to the Star Tribune for publishing articles I disagree with, because as Carter said, it is through disagreement that we learn.
Maxwell Anderson, Plymouth
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Sixty years ago I took Journalism 101, a class in which some time was spent discussing “yellow journalism,” about which students were cautioned. D.J. Tice’s May 18 article “America: Tough enough” was an opinion piece, but does that mean the same caution need not apply? Phrases stating that Vladimir Putin is “slobbering ravenously,” that Osama bin Laden “sleeps with the fishes” and that America has been battling “ragtag military midgets” were not informative but certainly were bright yellow.
Patricia Calvert, Rochester
Another highlight: The breeder bill
The May editorial “2014 session: More hits than misses” listed highlights of the recent legislative session. Under the subtitle of “compassion and justice,” it mentioned the medical marijuana bill, the antibullying bill and background checks for nursing licensure.
It would have been inclusive to also mention the passage of the Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill, which finally will codify the breeding conditions for dogs and cats in Minnesota. This bill will require annual inspections of these businesses plus twice-daily human interaction with the animals (rather than their being in a cage 24/7 for the duration of their breeding lifetimes), as well as physical play with compatible animals.
Kudos to the authors of this bill, Rep. John Lesch and Sen. John Marty, to our legislators (who could comprehend human and animal suffering), to Gov. Mark Dayton (who adamantly spoke up for this bill) and to those thousands of Minnesota citizens who advocated for animal welfare.
Bonnie Anderson, New Brighton
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