The answers change, as they should
Many years ago when I was a resident physician studying for board exams, one of my mentors who helped write the exam explained to me that they never change the questions, only the right answers.
Over the past month there has been much consternation and confusion regarding changing, confusing and sometimes conflicting answers regarding COVID-related issues. The science behind this scourge and our knowledge base has grown rapidly since it first emerged less than a year ago. We should expect that experts modify or change recommendations based on the science and public policy to follow these changes.
We should only be concerned when scientific input is constrained by public officials who put a political agenda ahead of the truth.
Joseph Capecchi, Mendota Heights
Review what worked before
I must say St. Paul and surrounding cities have experienced a huge up-tick in gun violence and person offenses. Over and over the individuals involved are juveniles. Please don’t blame it all on COVID.
I spent my entire career 35-plus working in Ramsey County including 11 years at Boys Totem Town, five years at JDC and Adult Probation, and I live in downtown St. Paul.
I can tell you firsthand that these kids are out of control and have little respect for authorities This is not kids joy-riding in cars. Everyone knows what is happening. It started first in the schools, then the skyways, trains, buses and out on the street. Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiatives that was launched across the country and in Ramsey and Hennepin County beginning in 2008 has changed our communities. Ask people do they feel safe? Has something changed?
Yes there is a disproportionate number of children of color in juvenile facilities. JDAI changed the criteria of how kids get placed in secure detention. That made sense, I could cite lots of examples of how this played out. But closing Boys Totem Town because it was antiquated or unfair to kids was not what our community needed.
Totem Town provided a safe place for kids who need structure and to be able to learn. It got them off the streets and provided a chance for them to grow up. These young men’s life expectancy was 25 years old, dead or in prison. When I started a Dads group there in 2004 all of them said they had lost family or friends to gun violence. There was an excellent school program in place up until five years ago, when the powers pushing their agenda ran it into the ground. Most if not all of the stakeholders resided in other counties, not here in Ramsey. Most have retired and moved on.
Our young people deserve a chance to grow up and be safe.
Its time to swing the pendulum back and review what worked before. It’s not too late/ St. Paul is no longer the most livable city in America, not by a long shot. I’m sorry to say that.
Mike Kenney, St. Paul
In response to the Feb. 14 letter, “Guarding Chauvin”. This seems to be a textbook example of systemic racism: White boss assumes that professional guards of color can’t handle their jobs if a controversial white man is the prisoner. The guards should thank the white man for assuming they can’t do their job. Instead, they sue, as a way to make a quick buck at the taxpayers’ expense.
Or am I reading it wrong?
Cyndi Rankin, Maplewood
What a mess, this vaccine rollout
What an ungodly mess Minnesota’s vaccine rollout is turning out to be. Clinics are reserving their allotments for their own patients; however, one of us goes to a small clinic which may not get any vaccine until the twelfth of never. Then they have time limits on how long ago you had an appointment. One network requires that you were there within the past 18 months. I didn’t schedule an annual test last year because of Covid, so no shot for me. Clinics ought to be offering vaccine to everyone, not just their own. There is advice circulating on how to snag a spot on one chain’s website — by logging on at midnight but resetting your computer clock to fool their system.
Those least able to spend hours digging through a computer (or not tech-savvy enough to cheat), and who have no one to assist them, are likely the ones most in need of the injection.
And please, Minnesota, no more e-mailed maps telling us that shots are available for our area code at a drugstore in Rainy River.
This is just wrong.
Carol Turnbull, Woodbury
America over party and self
To start with, I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat. I am an American. I vote for whomever I believe has the good of America at heart, not themselves and certainly not their party.
In the most recent impeachment, seven Republican senators joined with the 50 Democratic senators in voting guilty, and now they are being punished for voting for what they felt was legally and morally right, not what was right for their party.
I would vote for ANY of these seven senators over any other senator, because they have guts to do what is right for the country not the party. They knew voting guilty would harm any chance of re-election and there would be retaliation, yet they still voted their conscience. I am just appalled at the revenge their fellow Republican senators want to inflict on them.
Both parties have many in office that are so consumed with themselves and their egos, that they forget why they were elected in the first place.
Jerry Klaas, North St. Paul
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