Even though I am not Catholic, I can see that Owen Strand’s April 25 letter contains so much misinformation about the Catholic church that it is hard to know where to begin with a 350 word limit. Instead, I will address another of Strand’s false claims about“…our constitutional separation of church and state.”
Jeff Baumann (Be careful what you wish for, April 11) makes some easy dodges as he fails to answer my letter. The Arizona bill was incompetently written and deceptively defended by the religious right, as my letter noted. Mr. Baumann would do well to not deflect my criticisms onto unrelated Christians. The religious right needs to take responsibility for its actions.
Today nearly 2.5 million commuters drive across more than 1,000 deficient bridges every day. The images from the fatal Interstate 35W bridge collapse are still vivid in our memories while more recent examples like Duluth’s I-35 bridge column that collapsed, closing a major artery for the region and our state, prove that we can’t wait until collapse, fatality or closures force us to deal with the problem. We need a comprehensive solution that will address the problems today and avoid catastrophe in the future.
As a parent in the Anoka Hennepin School District I can tell you bullying is still a problem in our state and a big one in our district specifically. Just look at the 2013 Anoka Hennepin Anti Bullying Student Survey results conducted just this past December by our district. The numbers are heartbreaking. They surveyed 4,752 students and 1,568 reported being bullied in the past month; 2,946 students admit to seeing someone bully someone else with 760 of them saying they’ve seen it regularly or every day.