Readers Write (June 20): Medtronic, Iraq, team nicknames, Green Line travel, social media

  • Updated: June 19, 2014 - 6:09 PM

Corporate taxes help fund the infrastructure firms need to thrive.


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I realize that our business tax code is far too complex to address in a simple letter, and I too would agree that it needs to be reformed (editorial, June 20). However, one thing is easy to understand: Our nation and state need money to fund our infrastructure, which results in educated workers, an efficient transportation system and courts to protect intellectual property.

When Medtronic and companies like it move their executive headquarters overseas to shed part of their tax burden (“Medtronic buys Irish firm for $42.9B,” June 16), while keeping their operational headquarters here, it falls on the rest of us to pay more for the infrastructure they use to exist and thrive in.

I hope that such companies do not feel patriotic; otherwise, they might have problems sleeping at night. I wonder if Medtronic will celebrate July 4 at its new executive headquarters in Ireland? The main national holiday there is St. Patrick’s Day. Coincidentally, it is also known as a day of obligation. If that proves to be too much, maybe Medtronic can find a new location that does not put so much pressure on it.

Marc Doepner-Hove, Mound


If only … we finished the job the first time

As Sen. John McCain and a letter writer aver (Readers Write, June 19), the current troubles in Iraq are because of a misguided departure of the United States, which should have left troops in place there. It would seem then that after the Gulf War, we should have finished the job by ousting Saddam Hussein and kept a military presence in Iraq when we had a broad coalition of Western and Middle East allies, who not only fought alongside the United States but shared the war’s expense with us.

Jim Waldo, Duluth

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In a June 19 letter, a reader laments that “In Iraq and Afghanistan, we left before the institutions were in place to assure continued order.” Although I do not disagree with the writer, he forgets one key point: Both Iraq and Afghanistan asked us to leave.

Thomas Trampf, Minneapolis

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney is harshly critical of President Obama’s handling of the Iraq situation. Isn’t that like the arsonist who blames the fire department for taking so long to put out the fire?

David Sanford, Minneapolis



A pair of suggestions for the D.C. NFL team

“The Washington Pigskins.” After a nanosecond of assumed negativity upon hearing that, one realizes: Oh yeah, a pigskin is a football. Change the team name to the Pigskins and fans can still refer to them as the Skins (“Feds cancel Redskins’ trademark on name,” June 19). Your most famous fans call themselves the “Hogs” and have dressed up like Miss Piggy for decades. One would assume they could roll with such a change. Your new logo, a football depicting any trait you want your team to engender, would be a marketing bonanza. There you go: a new name, two reasons why it pertains to only you … and a chance to make a bundle.

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