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YouSaid April 2016

It was a treat to see Barbara Porwit's artwork at the Owatonna Hospital after having read about her in the Minnesota Women's Press. [Changemakers, Dec. 2016] It was powerful.

Trying to find my place in life has been a struggle and your magazine gives me comfort. In it I find resources to push myself to find the help I need to go forward. Thanks for the uplift.
Roxy Eastman,

Congratulations for your choice of the March cover art. "Flora" by Karen Wilcox is stunning and so fitting for the magazine's focus on women and spirituality. [MWP, March 2016, cover artist]
Laurel Gorman, Roseville

Re-Imagining revisited
I was pleased to see the article on the historic Re-Imagining Conference in the March magazine! I remember very well attending the Conference in 1993. The gathering was huge, with women from all over the world, lively discussions about inclusive language, biblical interpretation and so much more. It was exciting to read that there will soon be a website and a possible reunion. Thanks to the MWP for keeping us aware and informed!
Carol Schuldt, South St. Paul

Women and guns
I married a man who grew up in a family culture of hunting - grouse, pheasants, rabbits, deer, elk. Personally, I don't get it. But, I understand that I don't understand. He was a man of generous and compassionate character. He also collected guns and appreciated the mechanical beauty of metal and wood working together. Past tense, because he died in July 2014. After his death, I gathered 68 long guns for sale through a legitimate auction company. Because I have an old "domestic" criminal conviction, I would not be able, legally, to purchase any of these guns. But, I had access to them for many years.

People who want guns have easy access. Background checks alone will not keep Americans safe from rampant gun violence. Hunting rifles and shotguns generally aren't the problem. Can't we find a way to stop sales and distribution of assault rifles and other automatic-style handguns? [MWP, Feb. 2016, Women and Guns]
Lucia Wilkes Smith, Minneapolis

Excellent issue covering various aspects of gun issues that we all face, but especially women. I wanted to point out that in the photo of Kathy Magnuson as a young girl, that is a pump shotgun she is carrying (not a rifle). It looks like a 20-gauge shotgun. And the gun that is leaning on the car looks to me like an automatic 12-gauge shotgun. [ThisIssue column, MWP, Feb. 2016]

Thanks for the excellent job you do every month. It is awesome how you give voice to so many interesting viewpoints. I really liked Kathryn Hahne's essay about growing up in a hunting family in northern Minnesota. It is interesting that she hunts more than the men in her family.
Ferdinand Peters, St. Paul

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