Opinion
Being a newspaper editor in these parts during election season is a little like being the referee in a professional wrestling match. One never knows when one is going to be body slammed by one of the participants. We are often accused of editing the letters from only one side. It gets a little old [...Read More
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On Friday, we will be celebrating the 238th anniversary of the United States’ experiment in self-government. It was an experiment then, and it remains so today, perhaps even more so. In many ways, we are testing the rule of law and the limits of self-government. When an increasing number of citize...Read More
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Last week, the political world was rocked by the primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. In spite of outspending his Tea Party opponent Dave Brat 40 times over, Cantor lost to the political newcomer. The spin doctors said that the major issue in the race was immigration, and that ...Read More
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I was never a coffee drinker until about 12 years ago. I thought it was, like soda pop, basically polluted water. Soda pop was acceptable, however, because, like most people, I have a sweet tooth. Meanwhile, the Secretary of Health and Human Services at our house has always been a coffee drinker. On...Read More
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Minnesota’s Republicans and Democrats decided to confab simultaneously last weekend, the Republicans in Rochester and the DFL in Duluth. As near as one could tell, neither side shot itself in the proverbial foot. Republicans had the greater opportunity to do so, being the party out of power. All t...Read More
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Your intrepid editor likes to expand his knowledge in different ways, and recently I read a book about it — literally a book about expanding the mind. Entitled “The Future of the Mind” by Dr. Michio Kaku, a professor of Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York, the book takes a l...Read More
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The drive-by media left Little Falls last week after the Byron Smith trial, and drove almost directly to Waseca, where a 17-year-old was caught preparing to blow up the junior and senior high schools. Both of these incidents hit home for me, since I live in Little Falls, and Waseca, which is almost ...Read More
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I dislike the term bullying because it is such a pejorative term— meaning that it is so loaded with negative meaning that it can’t be discussed rationally. I mean, nobody thinks of oneself as a bully. Nobody likes bullies. Calling anyone else a bully is always meant as an insult. Nevertheless, b...Read More
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The Minneapolis City Council was expected to consider a motion Friday, to change the name of “Columbus Day” to “Indigenous Peoples Day.” I don’t have any great affection for Christopher Columbus, but I have long thought that we ought to call our holidays for what they are. That means, call...Read More
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So there I was, 65 feet above the ground, swaying on the scaffolding just outside the Minnesota State Capitol Building, attending the largest convention of stone carvers in the nation. Or so someone said. The ECM Editorial Board received a personal tour April 10 of the ongoing restoration of “the ...Read More
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It’s official. The winter of 2013-14 was the second worst since the winter of 1900-01, 114 years ago. You can tell your grandkids about this one. This is not just subjective complaining. This is based on the tabulations of West’s Winter Misery Index (WWMI), which, using historical data from the ...Read More
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I had a bad day recently, dealing with the mysteries that come with the end of life. They got me thinking about how I’d like to check out when the time comes. I know, that’s not anyone’s favorite topic, but I have long admired the way an uncle of mine exited. He had a heart [...]...Read More
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When I worked in Duluth, the paper that I worked at had a policy to endorse candidates in every race for the city council, school board, county board and state Legislature. It was a big production, and we would do two-day marathons, interviewing every candidate for 30 minutes each, breaking only for...Read More
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