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Letters: Call out the ‘bad’ and give more attention to the ‘good’

30August 2020

Recent events convince me of two old sayings my father provided.

The first is “Actions speak louder than words,” and the second is “There’s a little good in the worst of us and a little bad in the best of us, so it hardly behooves any of us to say anything about the rest of us.”

The latter speaks to the fact that any population drawn upon any trait (left-handers for instance) will include some immoral and unethical people as well as some moral ethical leaders.

Unfortunately, the first rule has been ignored by the public, and social media touts only words, not deeds. So the sensational acts of some leaders such as the self-identified Black Lives Matter leader in Chicago who openly organized looting of the Miracle Mile as “reparations” confirm stereotypes for many. The constructive efforts of many in the affected communities to clean up and rebuild is relegated to Page 4. We cannot let that happen.

I do not believe that the majority of BLM protesters are interested in a free TV as reparations for years of bias. We need to see something positive and peaceful out of the “peaceful demonstrations” to counter social media. The press needs to shift focus to being constructive rather than sensational and political. Hold those who speak loudest to task. What have they done? What plans do they have for the future?

I’m deeply saddened by the damage being done to the very communities that want respect and a chance to excel. Instead, they have unchecked violence and an urban desert devoid of simple services such as food and medicine. Until the “bad” are called out and controlled, the “good” will continue to suffer.

Max Cortner, Inver Grove Heights

 

These are our tasks

We are in the midst of several crises of major proportions in our country. The most troubling and most dangerous is the growing storm of anger and fear fueled by our unresolved national trauma over race and racial injustice. We are living in a tinderbox. Each new act of injustice is a spark that may rekindle the flames, and lead to more violence and counter-violence.

We all need to stop and take a deep breath. It is an illusion to think that someone is going to save us from this crisis by enforcing “law and order.”  All of us, as a nation and in our communities, are responsible for the storm we are now living in. An armed response — by police, military or others — is not going to fix it.

First, we need to calm our own fears and anger, and tune out those who would exploit and stoke our fears for their own political gain. Then we need to talk to our neighbors, family and friends about how this country and our communities can be healed, and find ways to help make it happen. And we need to elect leaders who will unite us and point us toward a more just future.

Those are our tasks. If we fail, our future as a nation is pretty dark.

Alan Williams, St. Paul

 

Don’t forget about unemployment

I am reading the Friday front page article “Trump accepts nomination,” in the final pages where it says “four years ago, Trump declared in his acceptance speech that ‘I alone can fix’ the nation’s woes. It goes on to list current conditions and mentions about another million Americans filing for unemployment last week.

It occurs to me that the Democrats missed an opportunity this week, and it is too bad the media, also, didn’t have some interviews with some of the individuals (I suspect there are many) who are now trying to get by without the $600 weekly federal unemployment payment that was a lifeline. Instead, the nation has moved on to convention news all the time, and it is as if they have dropped below the water without a ripple.

These are real lives affected. It isn’t all about the fireworks.

Marilyn Owen, River Falls, Wis.

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