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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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Governor Mark Dayton blessed two dozen state department heads with $800,000 in pay raises last month, the upshot of which will be that it will be awkwardly difficult going forward for liberal Democrats to make the case against income inequality. Previously, this argument had been a DFL cornerstone o...Read More
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The number of students who have special needs in Minnesota schools continues to grow. State and federal governments need to fund federally mandated programs as promised to avoid using local operating school district funds to subsidize the program. To its credit, the 2012-13 state Legislature appropr...Read More
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To the Editor: Governor Dayton says that roads, bridges and education will be his priorities in 2015. The Republicans better agree to increase the gasoline tax and limit its expenditure to roads and bridges. While everyone agrees education is the best investment we can make, just throwing more taxpa...Read More
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This week’s message is that you aren’t going to get out of this world alive. Maybe you knew that, but most of us ignore the implications. Last week, I was reminded of the risks we face simply by minding our own business. At the state newspaper convention, one of the luncheon speakers was former ...Read More
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The friendship of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and evangelist Billy Graham was just one of many unexpected things I learned about at a recent terrific Minnesota History Day celebration at a St. Paul high school. For people interested in youngsters, schools and learning with four or five hours to share...Read More
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By Joann Lavern, Guest Columnist This is taken from a legal document Court File No. 49-CR-12-1882 filed on Nov. 18, 2014, and signed by Judge of District Court, Douglas P. Anderson regarding the State of Minnesota vs. Byron David Smith. “On Aug. 21, 2014, five days before the restitution hearing,...Read More
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By JOHN EDGECOMBE JR. Guest Columnist A friend of mine from South Dakota noted that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) delivered a lump of coal to many small towns last Christmas when it proceeded to eliminate overnight mail in most of the nation in 2015. That was a good description. USPS will slow deli...Read More
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