How much could it really cost for a few more lifeguards?
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board policy allowing minimal staffing at city beaches should come under serious scrutiny following the recent tragedy at Lake Nokomis (“Family and friends gather, mourn young drowning victim,” Aug. 8). I cannot imagine there being a budget priority that is higher than saving lives. The addition of a few more part-time lifeguards for the summer months could not possibly cost more than a few hundred dollars per beach. That this charming city of lakes takes a “swim at your own peril” attitude makes me sad. It’s not the Minneapolis I grew up in.
Anne Ellingson, Minneapolis
Minnesotans, do you know your complicity?
Lost in the maelstrom of charges and countercharges, truces, talk of possible peace talks, and death and destruction on both sides of the latest war between Israel and the Palestinians as covered by native Minnesotan Thomas Friedman of the New York Times in the Aug. 7 Star Tribune (“The Mideast: This is no time to relax”) is the little-known fact that in addition to your federal taxes, your state taxes are fueling support of Israel through the State Board of Investment. Most Minnesotans probably are unaware of this — that, indeed, the blood of Palestinians and others Israel chooses to call enemies may be on our hands and we don’t even know it.
All of this will be examined at 9 a.m. Sept. 9 at the State Capitol, during a meeting of the State Board of Investment. Since you can’t count on the media to demand that the SBI reveal the extent of its investment in Israel, you may ask the board yourself or, failing that, ask your state senator and representative to dig out this information for you and for all Minnesotans to examine. Those who wish to speak out may do so during the public-comment session of the meeting after SBI business is concluded.
Willard B. Shapira, Roseville
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I have two questions for the pro-Palestinian protesters in this country and around the world: Do you care only about the deaths of innocent men, woman and children in Palestine, when tens of thousands of innocents have been killed in Syria and Iraq alone? That is not to mention the millions of displaced people who have fled their country and are living in refugee camps. Also, are you really protesting these awful deaths over other tragic deaths or rather, is this an anti-Jew, anti-Israel agenda in disguise? You can’t be shocked by the deaths of one country’s innocents and not care about all the others around the world. It makes one suspicious of your motives.
Mary McIntosh Linnihan, Minneapolis
As with death penalty, ‘yet crime persists’
The Albert Camus quote in L.K. Hanson’s “You Don’t Say” feature Aug. 4 rightly points out the fallacy of the arguments in favor of the death penalty. (“For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check; yet crime persists. Why? Because the instincts that are warring in man are not, as the law claims, constant forces in a state of equilibrium.”)
Substitute the words “gun control” and tell me there is a difference.
John Capello, Plymouth
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