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Empathy should drive policy 

The cold message of Nolan Finley’s column, “Empathy shouldn't drive policy” (May 20), clearly shows his lack of empathy. Suggesting that current law protecting a college from its financial debt to society should override the human horrors of sexual abuse and murdering school children is just plain cruel. Laws are made in response to situations that occur in society. 

And laws are changed when they no longer apply or new, dangerous situations occur. Apparently, Finley’s rigid thinking insists laws be written in stone.

That laws protecting MSU from lawsuits (e.g., statute of limitations) should supersede the horrifying mistreatment of young girls is unconscionable. That the words of student survivors of mass murder (e.g., Parkland’s David Hogg) should not impact policy is the warped attitude of authoritarianism. 

Finley calling Hogg a “media bully” is just nasty. These students, who have been so brutally treated, deserve much more than a $500 million settlement. When are those in power going to step up and prevent these atrocities from every happening again?

Susan Anderson, Auburn Hills

UM not like USSR 

Re: Ingrid Jacques’ May 17 column, “UM feels a lot like the USSR”: I appreciate free speech and freedom, but sometimes other people’s so-called “freedoms” actually interfere with quality of life for others. So how do we live with this paradox? I suggest that Ingrid Jacques is incorrect in her view that the University of Michigan is a purveyor of the USSR policy on speech.

I liken it to a bag of apples. Have you every bought a bag of apples that look really good? In fact you cannot wait to open it and begin to eat one, but you put it down because you are busy.

Then a few days later you open it up and you discover that one of those apples was bruised and beginning to decompose and all the apples around it have been impacted. Not every apple in the bag is bad, but one bad apple can spoil the bunch. I am suggesting that is what is trying to be dealt with in our culture. Taking the one bad apple and not letting it spoil the rest.

Linda Gobeski, Plymouth 

Business should have say on regs

Your editorial on regulatory review panels is spot on (“Give business a say on regulations,” May 24). Isn’t it better that those most impacted by state regulations have a chance to express their views in an open forum than through the lobbyists in the back room? 

Don Lewis, Shelby Township

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