Readers Write: Diversity in swearings-in, Minneapolis home insulation proposal, bike lanes, gas tax, recreational marijuana, building names

Minnesota is part of a welcome trend of public officials choosing to be sworn in on books that reflect their values and beliefs. U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., chose a book containing the U.S. and Arizona constitutions; Hennepin County Commissioner Angela Conley chose “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”; Arizona’s new schools superintendent took her oath on a children’s book that helped her students with speech disabilities; and, of course, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and a fellow Muslim colleague were sworn in on the Qur’an. No individual’s Bible or religion are being taken

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