Opinion

As I read through the decision handed down by U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle regarding the lawsuit brought by Robin Hensel against the city of Little Falls, two thoughts came to mind: First, it’s hard to see how Hensel’s First Amendment rights were infringed upon because the city refused to replace a bench that had [...]

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When it’s 27 below, it’s hard to remember why we all live here, but then a reader sent me one article at the same time that the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development sent out another, both revealing that our state is better than average. Of course, then the question becomes, “How?” I don’t [...]

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West Words by Tom West Editor/General Manager President Obama will be delivering his State of the Union address this week. If it is anything like the last 40 or so such speeches, it will be three times as long as necessary, ignored by many and promptly forgotten by the rest. Always trying to be helpful, here’s [...]

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People have been complaining about the weather a lot lately, most of them with icicles hanging from their nose. However, West’s Winter Misery Index (WWMI) says those complaints are out of line. Just because you can’t see the barn from the house or your auto sounds like a hog in distress doesn’t mean this is [...]

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Politics is the process we use to come up with solutions for those issues on which we don’t have consensus. It’s always messy, never easy, and often hard to understand. Nevertheless, there have been times in this state when we elected people who disagreed on issues, but still respected one another regardless. I was reminded [...]

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A new year is upon us and it’s time to get out the trusty crystal ball. The visions in the ball are crystal clear, but are still hard to read through the duct tape and Elmer’s glue that hold everything together. Nonetheless, here are a dozen things to expect in 2014: 1. On the local [...]

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Please buckle your seat belts, Flight 2013 will be coming in for a landing shortly. Make sure your issues are in an upright position, and behave yourselves until we come to a full stop. Flight 2013 began several gallons short of a full tank, and it seemed as if it might not last until the [...]

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Christmas is upon us once again, and families, no matter how far flung, will be gathering around hearth and home. It is said to give us a warm, comfy feeling and visions of sugar plums. Some of us even find our way to church, although for many it is a duty done only to maintain [...]

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With the holiday season in full swing and the weather dipping below zero, like most of you I have been eating too much and exercising too little. Suddenly, meat and cheese platters have been showing up at work, and when I get home, an array of baked goods has arrived. Most of the time, I [...]

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