Readers Write: (Aug. 9): The CIA, state hiring and disabilities, tips and credit cards and the minimum wage, veterans affairs, racial sensitivity

  • Updated: August 8, 2014 - 5:44 PM

Don’t yammer about torture and transparency. Our enemies are far worse.


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Lay off the CIA! (“We need the truth about CIA torture,” editorial, Aug. 8.) The agency has a strong history of protecting our national security and counteracting the covert secret networks of all our enemies worldwide who seek to destroy us.

As private citizens, we certainly don’t need “transparency” of any detailed interrogation “torture” operations, since our enemies continue to practice far worse tortures. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is calling “to make public our thorough documentary history of the CIA’s program,” which is total emotional misguidance.

We need the CIA for the continued survival of our democracy. It should not be limited by any fear of reprisal by our own government. Again, lay off the CIA.

Michael Tillemans, Minneapolis


Those with disabilities are a great labor force

I applaud Gov. Mark Dayton’s executive order regarding hiring at state agencies (“Dayton orders state to hire more disabled people,” Aug. 7). Indeed, 70 percent of people with disabilities are unemployed or underemployed. Yet people with disabilities represent the largest untapped pool of talent, labor, spending power and voting power. Thus disability employment is a win-win for all.

The Minnesota Business Leadership Network is a business-led network whose mission is to empower businesses to hire people with disabilities, via promoting best employment practices, and to enhance competitive employment opportunities for skilled candidates with disabilities.

I invite companies to join our ranks and partner with us to advance their disability inclusion efforts. Please check our website at or call 612-567-1434 for more information.

Margaret Li, Plymouth


The writer is executive director of the Minnesota Business Leadership Network.

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I think we would all agree that everyone deserves an equal opportunity. Dayton’s executive order directing state agencies to increase employment of people with disabilities to 7 percent by 2018 could give disabled people a more than equal opportunity and other people a less than equal opportunity to obtain jobs in state government. In order to reach the quota, government agencies may have to hire less-qualified disabled candidates rather than more-qualified candidates without disabilities.

The U.S. Supreme Court outlawed the use of quotas by universities for implementing affirmative action in the Bakke case (1978). The reasoning is that quotas, by benefiting some groups, cause harm to other groups.

Everyone deserves an equal opportunity. That includes minorities, people of both sexes, people of all religions, and the disabled. But the use of quotas interferes with equal opportunity.

James Brandt, New Brighton


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