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From: Ross Olson []
Sent: Saturday, January 03, 2009 12:54 PM
To: Editor Star Tribune (opinion{at}
Subject: Minneapolis population decline

Lew Moran's analysis of Minneapolis population decline misses the social factors. ("How Many Can Fit In This Space?" 1/3/09). We have lived in the same location in south Minneapolis for nearly 30 years and have seen the pattern. Young families move in, but when one of their children reaches 5 years old, they leave. The "knee-jerk" response of "racism" misses the point. The concern is education. The quality of the Minneapolis schools lags seriously behind the suburbs. More money has not made a difference. Conservatives and Christians find their values consistently contradicted as curricula focus on social engineering rather than useful learning. And even the liberals who may claim to be in favor of teaching tolerance of alternative lifestyles and availability of condoms to middle and high school students choose to remove their own kids from the environment. And the nuanced understanding of the place of race reveals the fact that misguided liberal programs have preferentially destroyed the black family and the students with the greatest educational and behavioral difficulties come from chaotic homes.

Ross S. Olson MD

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