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Continued: Readers Write: (July 9): Mental illness, poverty in Minnesota, guns, school suspensions, high-speed rail, social change, immigration terminology

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The writer is secretary-treasurer of Education Minnesota, the teachers union.

 

GUNS

Mature owners aren’t the face of ‘open carry’

Steve Sack’s July 3 editorial cartoon, on Open Carry Texas, appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. It shows a middle-aged, fat lout with an AR-15 and a hat labeled “NRA.”

As a competitive rifle marksman and hunter, I am one of many who have been puzzled by the “open carry” movement. The practice of carrying a loaded gun in public is certainly at odds with my NRA experiences in safety training and basic gun manners, which at this point go back more than half a century. I can tell you that most of the real professionals in the shooting sports hobby are not in agreement with the practices exhibited by “open carry” advocates.

Even the NRA has gently admonished this group. You will note that the majority of participants in their demonstrations have flat bellies and appear to be under 30, like so many others out advocating this or that “new freedom.” This is a lot more of a youth movement than a “gun” movement.

Griffin T. Murphey, Fort Worth, Texas

 

SCHOOL SUSPENSIONS

This should be neutral and really quite simple

We should strive to be a “colorblind” society. Why are we constantly asking schools to look at skin color when it comes to behavior in schools (“Press for progress on suspensions,” July 9)? The question should be: Is your behavior appropriate for a learning environment? Yes or no? End of story.

Tom Cornish, Minneapolis

 

HIGH-SPEED RAIL

Silly you! The money actually grows on trees

I read in disbelief about the plans for a high-speed rail line to Duluth “chugging along” (June 30). Project manager Frank Loetterle of the Minnesota Department of Transportation was quoted as saying: “But the climate for funding has changed. When the money falls from the sky, we need to be ready.”

Really? Is that where he thinks the money comes from?

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