Two articles published in the Minnesota section of the Star Tribune on Nov. 18 provide compelling evidence that the state has two justice systems, one for the rich and one for the poor. “Court: Teens Judged as Adults” (Page B1) tells the tragic story of Hussein Braveheart, a teenage native from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He was placed in foster care at the age of six. He’s running with the wrong crowd in the “foster-to-prison pipeline.” He’s 15 years old, got caught in a carjacking, has a bad history, and now he’s serving at least 12 years in adult prison. Does anyone believe he is ready to become a productive member of society?
Conversely, on the B5 page “Former Snack Food Executive Gets Plea Deal For $300,000 Theft” Here, Thomas J. Wiechmann is found soon to serve time after being charged with theft of over $300,000. If he behaves well, his charges can be reduced to misdemeanor and he can claim less than three years of probation at his sentencing. According to stories, he managed to steal thousands of dollars a year for at least the last six years of his 24 years at the company. The executive had a lot of money in his pocket, and this theft hadn’t gone unnoticed for at least six years. He won’t go to jail for stealing over $300,000 a day.
What if only $100,000 of resources could support Braveheart when he was abandoned at the age of six? Although most of us couldn’t imagine what his life would have been like. , it is not hard to imagine what the pocket money associated with executive compensation would do to improve the lives of Braveheart and many others like him. Consideration is absolutely forbidden. Instead, we’re paying for crime and imprisonment caused by people who can’t afford what it takes to become a crooked snack food executive.
Tom Sarkowski, Buffalo, Minnesota.
The US government appears to be worried about investors over the collapse of FTX (“Troubled FTX owes major creditors $3 billion”, Nov. 22). I haven’t seen any concerns about “mining” crypto data to develop cryptocurrencies using vast amounts of electricity. I don’t think most citizens realize how much this so-called mining industry can exacerbate climate change. These mining operations, as far as I know, rely on vast numbers of computers doing calculations with no redeeming value. The resulting power required for cooling is enormous, resulting in the reopening of closed coal-fired power plants to meet the enormous amount of power needed. “Mining” of cryptocurrencies should be regulated or eliminated. At the very least, power consumption should be reduced, “mining” computers should perform useful calculations, and the power needed should come from non-fossil fuel sources.
Last month, the Star Tribune published an excellent article on “mining” cryptocurrencies, pointing to the approval of a “mining” operation in Jamestown, North Dakota. In this case, the power required is twice as high as the power required for an entire city of 16,000 people. ! (“Beware of the Crypto ‘Wild West'” Oct 23) This is happening all over the world!
Minneapolis, Tate Halvorson
Sen. Tina Smith and Angie Craig, who received political contributions from Bankman due to the bankruptcy of FTX and the potential criminal liability of Sam Bankman-Fried for using client funds to invest in affiliated venture investments. I have to ask one of the members of Congress. -Fried will consider returning those funds to his FTX clients.
Cheryl McMahon, Cottage Grove
When 376 law enforcement officers at Robb Elementary School in Texas failed to stop the massacre of 19 children who were murdered with assault weapons legally purchased by an 18-year-old boy, perhaps, perhaps, the American , and the current law does not. Enough to stop gun-related deaths and crime. And now the senseless shootings of innocent, unarmed Americans have just ended their lives (‘Colorado attack must take action’ editorial, 22 November).
Offensive weapons should be banned. Owning a gun should be difficult at best. There is no need for civilians to carry loaded guns in public. Hunting in hunting areas only. All guns are registered, licensed and insured. Those caught with illegal weapons should be dealt with. If a personally licensed weapon is used in a crime by someone else, that gun owner should also be prosecuted.
Gun advocates say responsible gun owners are being violated by laws restricting access to guns. Responsible gun owners should be responsible for the weapons they bring home. period. The days of the Wild West and “guns for everyone” should be over. As a society, we have proven that we cannot be held accountable. And we prove it every day.
David McCaskey, Orono
The failure of the COP-27 International Climate Conference to grasp the extent of our climate emergency requires us to redouble our regional and individual actions (“Climate Negotiations Agree on New Fund” Nov. 21 days). Indeed, the best approach to the climate crisis is global, equitable and led by the highest levels of government. But political and ideological non-compromise at these levels requires additional strategies. Time is tight and you’ll never run out of good options.
In Minnesota, legislative bodies can lead the way to energy security and sustainability, delivering economic and environmental benefits for future generations. The next session will offer new opportunities. Support for local groups like Fresh Energy can drive action at the state and local levels.
But it also requires personal action. We all have to become carbon neutral and fast. And we can! Choosing Xcel Energy’s ‘Windsource’ is easy and economical to use solar power to power your home! Eat food lower down the food chain and save money. increase.
Air transport is cumbersome because it requires burning large amounts of carbon in the form of aviation fuel, but buying carbon offsets can help. Groups such as Sustainable Travel International and Terrapass provide easy-to-use websites. These groups are third party certified and support sustainable energy and conservation projects around the world.
International failure does not mean giving up. It is requested not to do so, as all creation is at stake.
Lyndon Torstenson, Minneapolis
I am pleased to know that the United States will help create a fund to compensate poor countries victims of extreme weather exacerbated by carbon pollution. To help other countries cope with floods and droughts. is not only fair, it benefits wealthy countries by reducing the threat of mass migration. We hope it will also be used to help transition directly to wind power. This requires upfront investment, but can help the whole world avoid the dire consequences of climate change. People who can afford to drive an SUV, heat a big house, or fly somewhere for fun can help others get heat and light without burning more fossil fuels. can do.
Kathy Luther, St. Paul