Readers Write: (Aug. 27): War and peace, cancer screening, ice bucket challenge, prostitution, Southwest LRT, transportation funding

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History suggests that we should not be the final arbiter.

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In reading the Aug. 26 commentary “The problem with peace,” I was stunned by the author’s conclusion in the first paragraph, that the “goal of peace is morally reprehensible.” If, in our endless negotiations, interventions and compromises with other nations of the world, we are not striving for peace (setting aside those involved with trade, climate, etc.), what is the ultimate goal? The article’s author would presumably substitute righteousness, moral conviction and the diminishment of evil for the peace goal. But there’s the rub — who determines what is and isn’t evil? There is much in our history that suggests we should not be the final arbiter of what is evil. And what constitutes righteousness, and whose moral convictions?

Either we are at peace or we are at war. It’s an easily discernible fact, and if peace is reprehensible, what adjective can we apply to its antonym, war?

Robert M. Howard, Edina

CANCER SCREENING

Cologuard test isn’t just a Mayo product

The Star Tribune’s front page (Aug. 26) trumpeted that Mayo Clinic will be “first in the nation” to offer a self-screening cancer test with a product called Cologuard, which, the story said, is available through Mayo’s primary-care doctors by prescription.

However, those a of cancer-­vulnerable age need not travel to Rochester for the test, as the story implies; Cologuard’s website says the kit is available through “any doctor” enrolled by the company’s lab in a process that’s “very simple and easy.”

The story also reported that a Mayo doctor is co-inventor of Cologuard. But it didn’t report that under a license agreement with Exact Sciences in Madison, Wis., the doctor and Mayo “share in equity and royalties” for the test kit.

Mayo is a fine and respected clinic, but there are many quality primary-care doctors and centers far closer to interested patients that, unlike Mayo, don’t have a direct revenue motive for prescribing Cologuard.

Ron Way, Edina

 

ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE

Thank goodness many folks see the value in it

The Boston Globe’s Tom Keane has expressed his dim view of the Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon as being the opposite of charitable (Opinion Exchange, Aug. 26). My son was stricken with this devastating disease when he was just 39. Fifteen years later, he is still here, but his movement is restricted to his legs and feet. He is fully dependent on his wife for his daily care.

He and his sister did the Ice Bucket Challenge on Sunday. Their video is cute, sincere and inspiring. I plan to do it myself with other family members.

ALS has long been known as an orphan disease. Although there has been research, the cause has not been found. More research requires lots of money.

I say bravo, Ice Bucketeers! And thank you very much for your donations and your enthusiasm.

Jean Ohland, Minnetonka

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