Opinion
When our children were small, one of them made a “present dragon” at school. The present dragon, made mostly from green construction paper, was supposed to protect the gifts under our Christmas tree from intruders, including the prying eyes and fingers of the little people. Alas, it did a poor j...Read More
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To the editor:  Seems to me that our version of President Putin is much more opaque than the Russian version. When Russia’s version wants to expand his power, he attacks his neighbors. When ours wants to expand his power, he attacks our Constitution, our commonality and our common sense. His comm...Read More
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To the editor:  We’ve all heard that “97 percent of scientists” find “global warming” to be caused by human activity. Neither “percent of scientists” nor “global warming” has valid connotation. In regard to the 97 percent claim: John Cook, an Australia-based blogger, and some of h...Read More
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By Paul E. Tix Guest Columnist “It’s obvious that socialism is rapidly becoming the mainstream in American politics,” according to Dick Hagen in a recent issue of the Land Magazine. Socialism is defined in the American Heritage College Dictionary: “a social system in which the means of produ...Read More
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In July 1948, then Minneapolis Mayor Hubert Humphrey stuck his neck out and delivered a speech on civil rights at the Democratic National Convention. At the time, the Democratic Party was known for the “Solid South,” which had voted “solidly” for Democratic candidates ever since Reconstructi...Read More
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To the editor:  It was brought to my attention that I, as an election judge, was unable to explain that not voting at all is a no vote. Election judges are supposed to uphold the law and inform voters who may be confused. The referendum to the state Constitution was voted on last election cycle [.....Read More
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When I was a child, my grandparents lived in a big, old house in St. Paul, near the University of Minnesota farm campus. We visited them many times for holidays, particularly Thanksgiving. To make extra money, my grandparents took in roomers, mostly students at the university. The students went home...Read More
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The 7th Judicial District, which includes Stearns and Todd counties, had  two unusual elections this fall. They were unusual because they were contested, meaning that an incumbent judge had a challenger. Under Minnesota’s state Constitution, we elect our judges, but that is in name only. The real...Read More
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