Opinion

To the editor:  A person would think that a military base would be the safest place you could find. Yet in the last few years at Fort Hood a gunmen has shot up the place two times. So when are we going to admit this no gun zone policy does not work. We have some [...]

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It’s official. The winter of 2013-14 was the second worst since the winter of 1900-01, 114 years. 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 National Weather Service, combines the daily [...]

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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 [...]

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In the last two weeks, I had the opportunity to participate in a conference call with Gov. Mark Dayton and also to sit in on a Q-and-A session with one of the Republican candidates seeking his job, Marty Seifert. The conference call with Dayton came while he was in his car returning to the Mayo [...]

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By Sen. Paul Gazelka Guest Columnist The 2013 Legislative Session adjourned last May with unprecedented tax and spending increases. During the interim an insurance client came to visit me with news that he is leaving Minnesota. He’s a successful businessman who lives in Florida for part of each winter. He’s a responsible citizen, willing to [...]

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To the editor:  In regards to a March 8 letter to the editor:  Should humans, being the pre-eminent species, not feel an obligation to improve upon our technology and methods? Is that not the entire concept of intelligence, to aspire to more efficient forms of existence? And if so, should our relationship with our world [...]

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Until a couple of weeks ago, I had never given my full attention to a hockey game between 5-year-olds. However, grandparenting pulls us in new directions — and this one pulled me to Sauk Rapids. This was the first hockey road trip for our grandson, also known as Mr. President. A year ago, he was [...]

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I don’t pretend to be a foreign policy expert, but I do believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken the measure of President Obama, and determined there is little risk in invading Ukraine. When President Obama ran for president back in 2008, one of the criticisms of the George Bush presidency is that many [...]

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