Opinion

In her Oct. 31 letter, Barb Anderson again uses claims from websites such as David Barton’s Wallbuilders that just do not stand up to scrutiny. Barton and others publish Christian nation “proofs” that are either logical fallacies or distortions. Not one proves this is a “Christian nation.” In fact, only one item even mentions Christ.

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The recent Ebola scare brings to mind the horrible devastation caused throughout history by diseases, especially during wartime. Soldiers, who were always moving and crowded together in unsanitary conditions, provided (and still continue to provide) the perfect vehicle for transmission of contagious pathogens. The “Spanish flu” as it came to be called, was an example of this method’s deadly efficiency.

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I own a home in Coon Rapids. The city came to me and said the main is leaking under my driveway. They told me they have to tear up my driveway to repair the water leak. I said OK. Guess what? There was no water leak. I asked the city to repair my driveway like it was before all this started.

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“These teachers have dedicated their lives to serving students and been recognized for outstanding work. As we examine how to improve public policy, it’s important to hear from some of the best of the best. We need to learn from their success.” That’s how state Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, explained a recent hearing he convened at which seven recent Minnesota Teachers of the Year shared suggestions about strengths and priorities for public education.

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Regional airport managers in the Twin Cities area are concerned because there aren’t enough young men and women flying private and commercial airplanes to replace the retiring pilots. There also is a growing shortage of trained people to fill the aeronautical jobs of the future.

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