Readers write (Sept. 5): Lynx, Gophers, Eric Dean, senate race, police, Mideast, summer

  • Updated: September 4, 2014 - 5:49 PM

Minnesota Lynx team members can hold their heads high and look forward to next year.

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Minnesota Lynx members (from left) Maya Moore, Janel McCarville and Lindsay Whalen. The team made it to the WNBA Western Conference finals before being eliminated on Tuesday.

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Members of the Minnesota Lynx, thank you for a wonderful season. It was so much fun to watch. You always gave it your all. Key players were injured, but the bench was there, willing and able to step in. You showed pride from the start of each game and always played hard until the end, not giving up.

The series against the Phoenix Mercury was very exciting. You have nothing over which to hang your heads. You are a class act. Thank you, Coach Cheryl Reeve, and the assistant coaches. Hopefully more and more people will come out next year to see this top-class team.

AMY OMODT, Minneapolis

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Lauding Land O’Lakes for Gopher support

In response to a Sept. 4 letter (“When sports trumps academics at the U”), since when have academics suffered at, say, Northwestern (completing plans for a $200 million-plus athletic facility), or Iowa (doing the same), or Wisconsin, Michigan or Ohio State?

As a University of Minnesota alumni and contributor to both academics and the athletic program, I applaud Land O’Lakes and thank them for kicking off this fundraising effort. The state of Minnesota and all Gophers fans deserve to have excellence in sports as well as academics. There is no reason we can’t have both, like most of our Big Ten counterparts.

Rob Marx, Maple Grove

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As a long-term southeast Minneapolis resident, I am sorry to see the large amount of couches, mattresses, TVs and vacuums left each fall and spring during the move-in and move-out at the University of Minnesota. Even with letters from the city advertising the reuse store, and signs at many apartment building, the lack of respect seems to grow each year.

ron moody, Minneapolis

 

ERIC DEAN

Case shows need for increasing resources

So Minnesota legislators are outraged over the death of 4-year-old Eric Dean (“Lawmakers: System failed Eric,” Sept. 4). The chairwoman of the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee calls for hearings. The chairwoman of the Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Committee says “there must be something terribly flawed in the system.” There is a lack of enough funding to investigate, prevent, divert, ameliorate and, as a last resort, remove children from their caregivers into safe and nurturing foster or adoptive homes.

I have served as a Hennepin County volunteer guardian ad litem (court-appointed child advocate) for neglected and abused children since 1998. In my 16 years of service I have seen the criteria for offering services to children and families become more and more stringent as funding shrunk. I’ve seen changes in the system that gave social workers less and less time to deal with individual clients. I’ve heard a very good judge say that he could order a child sent to a treatment center but that it would be futile since the county social service department had no funds for this facility. I have seen excellent social workers grind their teeth in frustration because they know what’s needed and can’t fund it. I could go on.

A good social welfare system is like anything else you purchase: You get what you pay for. If the taxpayers of this state want children to be safer than they are now, the taxpayers will have to pay for it. And the Legislature will have to take the increased revenue and allocate it to social services.

ELAINE FRANKOWSKI, Minneapolis

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