Law would keep our kids safe while studying abroad

  • Article by: GAIL ROSENBLUM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 12, 2013 - 6:07 PM

State Sen. Terri Bonoff’s three-week fall trek across Minnesota to talk with students about crushing college debt shows concern for the well-being and bright futures of our state’s emerging adults. That concern doesn’t end at the state border.

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janelle3Oct. 12, 13 7:49 PM

Good idea, but I'm not sure if the MN state government can do much about these accidents which take place overseas. Protection of U.S. citizens traveling abroad is usually a federal matter. There should be a federal law but good luck, they can't even pass a budget.

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morenews0013Oct. 13, 13 6:21 AM

Terri Bonoff is one of the good souls in government. Wish there were more like her.

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aardvark878Oct. 13, 13 7:38 AM

I think the net result is that a lot of these programs will end up shutting down. When you travel, especially to developing countries, things are a lot different. The US has wrapped itself in a cocoon of "if something bad happens, nobody should ever be allowed to do it again, and we'll sue everyone into oblivion." The rest of the world doesn't take this insular approach to life. Nor do they have the resources we do to wrap everything in sight in bubble wrap, for fear someone might get hurt. If you don't like risk, don't travel. But don't ruin it for those who like stepping out of their bubble.

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kansotafishermanOct. 13, 13 8:12 AM

Every time I see or hear "Minnesota once again will be a role model for the nation" I cringe. This will be another useless 'nanny state' law that will only make things more complicated. There cannot be a law written that will make a country like India safe for travel in. Unless the law requires the student to be under lockdown 24 x 7, the danger exists. You tell an American student that something is dangerous, you only present the student with a challenge to be undertaken. Just remember, you travel abroad, you put yourself in dangers of all sorts. Eating, drinking (anything), traveling and even the American arrogance will put you in danger. I've traveled in Europe, Asia, Canada, Mexico and the Philippines and have experienced it, so it's not a guess on my part.

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minnymnOct. 14, 13 9:36 AM

Well intentioned but not practical. There is inherent risk in some activities that cannot be legislated away. Rock climbing, cliff hiking, etc. Kids need to realize that the activity may be unsafe and decide not to participate.

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usa2012Oct. 14, 13 2:13 PM

More dramatic examples of the fact we have way too many legislators in MN.

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ericgus55Oct. 14, 13 6:06 PM

I'm sorry for their loss, but parents suing American universities when their adult children drown while swimming on foreign beaches is ridiculous. Life is inherently risky.

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xwildfanOct. 14, 13 8:12 PM

This has got to be one of the most ridiculous and biggest waste of time in government I have seen. These are adults who have taken the responsibility of going overseas. The way these people have been killed could happen here in the States. Some of the things could have been avoided. The biggest thing, LEARN THE LANGUAGE. I was a study abroad student. You learn the language of the country you are going, the culture, read newspapers in the country, talk to locals. Americans are way to overprotective and think they can not be responsible for their own actions. Outside of the US walls, they are on their own. I'm sorry the kids passed away, but take responsibility for it and don't try to pass the blame on to someone else. Watch the movie Taken or even the movie Hostel. That does happen people. It is not a safe world we live in.

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