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Below are five paired statements. Read them and see if you agree with one or both of each pair: 1. The federal government spends too much money. The wealthy should pay much more in taxes. 2. Every American should have access to high-quality health care. We spend far too much on health care in the [...]

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Later this month, I will be joining my siblings at the family plot in a southern Minnesota cemetery to bury my dad’s ashes. He died two years ago, gave his body to medical research, and we have recently received the ashes back. It will be a quiet, little ceremony in which we will also honor [...]

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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 [...]

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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 citizens decide to shoot up [...]

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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 Cantor was in [...]

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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. One day about [...]

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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 the DFL had to do was re-nominate [...]

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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 look at [...]

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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 identical in [...]

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