Opinion
Memorial Day is upon us, and I find my thoughts somewhat diverse as I think about how war has affected my family, my friends and even me. I’ve never made a big deal about my military service. A few years ago, they had a special program at Camp Ripley to honor Vietnam vets. A couple [...]...Read More
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At this writing, the Minnesota Legislature is in the final wrangling of this year’s session. With the return to divided government after a two-year hiatus of total DFL control, some are speculating that we are heading for another government shutdown like we saw in 2005 and 2011. I’m not too worr...Read More
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Each spring, a group of editors from our parent company, ECM Publishers, spends a day at the state capitol in St. Paul, meeting with the governor, legislative leaders and other state officials. We come prepared with our questions, and we learn a lot. This year’s agenda included a discussion of pre...Read More
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Big plans are in store for the Minnesota Fishing Museum-Hall of Fame and Education Center. At the eighth annual “Fishing With the Pros” fundraising event at the Falls Ballroom April 17, the vision for a new facility was revealed. To back up, a year and a half ago, the Minnesota Fishing Museum in...Read More
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If ever there were a winter that revealed the shortcomings of the West Winter Misery Index (WWMI), it was the one just past. The WWMI is all about creature comfort, or the lack thereof on the frozen tundra otherwise known as winter in Minnesota. The WWMI was invented because everybody talks about th...Read More
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Several weeks ago, Gov. Mark Dayton announced that he wanted a 50-foot buffer zone on every shoreline in Minnesota. It was almost a textbook example for budding politicians on how to take a good intention to address a critical issue—and present it all wrong. Instead of doing his homework and makin...Read More
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Three weeks ago, it was reported that a woman who had been working in Utah for two months, returned to her home in Princeton. Upon arriving, she discovered that her two sons, ages 2 and 3, whom she had left in the care of her husband, were suffering from starvation and neglect. The children were [.....Read More
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Being a basketball fan, I’ve been in hog heaven the last month. Last week, I developed a callus on my thumb flipping between the girls’ state tournament, four NCAA men’s games, the Gopher women’s NCAA game and the showdown between the two worst teams in the NBA, the Wolves and the Knicks. At...Read More
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Count me as a minority of one who opposes giving back the $1.9 billion projected state budget surplus or using it to start more long-term spending commitments. My vision has no support because it won’t buy votes from any constituency that the politicians need to stay in office. My choice? Use the ...Read More
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I took a week off from winter to walk on a beach far away, but then took an hour out to watch Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address the U.S. Congress. I wanted to see what the fuss was about. Because American politics have become so bitter, what should have been good information for the ...Read More
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Five weeks ago, an alleged hobbyist claiming he didn’t know what he was doing, landed a drone on the White House lawn. For good reason, this has raised the concern of the Secret Service to the vulnerability of all air spaces to drone penetration. Ever since the use of drones became a military tact...Read More
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At the White House Conference on Countering Violent Extremism this week, President Obama said, “The U.S. is not at war with Islam.” However, the question remains, “Is Islam at war with the United States?” In advance of the conference, the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Minnesota (C...Read More
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The University of Minnesota needs the state’s millionaires to step forward, as well as all of the Gopher athletic team’s long-suffering fans. Two weeks ago, I heard the University’s Athletics Director Norwood Teague talk about how he is trying to change the culture at the Bierman Building, and...Read More
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