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In reading the May 15th article in the Union, one easily could have been left with the impression that the whole of Anoka County was at the board meeting to defend the district’s music program, given the opening, “After public outcry…the…board restored full-time band directors…” This feeling of urgency to defend the music program was reinforced by board member Heidemann’s quote, “if there’s a program at risk and it’s valued…the status quo and …treating it the same as everybody else isn’t the right solution.” Rest assured Mr. Heidemann, you and the board have not treated this music program as “everybody else” and not even close to the status quo.

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The letter from Barb Anderson of May 16 caught my attention. Ms. Anderson makes the statement that our founding fathers took principles from the Bible and incorporated them into our government with the intent of making this a Christian nation.

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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.”

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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.

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As members of the Woods at Quail Creek community in Blaine, we would like to offer some additional perspective on your paper’s recent article (“Access to neighborhood big issue on Main Street project,” April 24, 2014).

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Sorry, I can’t muster up the kind of adulation Marge Miller suggests for the Catholic church. It’s a fallacy to conclude that if they hadn’t started schools or hospitals no one else would have.

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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.

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For the past 10 years I have been driving to the VA hospital in St. Cloud, about five times a year. I always wondered why there is always an idle train south of Big Lake and north of Becker.

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