Very good! (Right up to a certain point.)
Former U.S. Sens. Trent Lott and John Breaux, who are working diligently to ensure that Medtronic and other multinational corporations can entirely avoid paying U.S. taxes, might be careful not to go too far in this regard (“Medtronic gets ex-senators to fight looming tax backlash,” Aug. 13). From their point of view, no problem if the resultant reduction in tax revenue causes defunding of Head Start, for example. But Lott receives a lifetime, taxpayer-funded annual pension of more than $110,000 and Breaux of $114,000 (for an estimated lifetime payout of more than $4 million, in his case). Whoa! Wouldn’t want to put that at risk!
Arthur Walzer, St. Paul
If they win greater pay, will the ball roll?
There is a lawsuit in federal court that is intending to provide greater compensation to athletes who participate in big-time college and university programs (“Minneapolis law firm joins fight for college athletes,” Aug. 12). If the case is won, does the next step include money to choir members at institutions like Concordia College in Moorhead and St. Olaf in Northfield, which bring in a sizable amount of revenue each year?
Norman Holen, Richfield
Info to aid judicial choices can be found
In past years I have been in the same boat as the letter writers of Aug. 13 (“Not sure all those judicial contests were worth it”). This year’s election was a little less bewildering for me, thanks to the Web.
I, too, live in a precinct where seven candidates were running for judge. I easily found the Minnesota Secretary of State 2014 candidate filings online and was then able to readily access each candidate’s website. Comparing experience, endorsements and biographies was very useful and enlightening.
The winners of Tuesday’s primary elections will be on the ballots on Nov. 2. Given that we are called on as citizens to vote for certain judgeships, I urge readers to take a few moments to make informed choices based upon information readily available.
Therese Kakalios, Edina
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