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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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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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Older county residents undoubtedly remember former state Sen. Gordon Rosenmeier of Little Falls. However, if they would like their memories refreshed, check out the winter issue of “Minnesota History,” the publication of the Minnesota Historical Society. Steve Dornfeld, longtime political report...Read More
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I’ve long thought that one of the ailments of the U.S. economy has been a shortage of entrepreneurs. We heard a lot during the Great Recession about the unemployed, and we still hear that many Americans are “underemployed,” given their qualifications. The solution, it would seem, would be to g...Read More
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