Tom West
One of my fundamental beliefs about the world is that we are all tribal. The anthropologists theorize that we came out of the sea eons ago, and then began one long camping trip. We wandered around hunting for food, until one day we discovered if we just stayed put and raised crops, we wouldn’t hav...Read More
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Memorial Day is upon us, and I find my thoughts somewhat diverse as I reflect on how war has affected my family, my friends and even me. I’ve never made a big deal about my military service. A few years ago, they had a special program at Camp Ripley to honor Vietnam vets. A couple [...]...Read More
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Several weeks ago, Gov. Mark Dayton announced that he wanted a 50-foot buffer zone on every shoreline in Minnesota. It was almost a textbook example for budding politicians on how to take a good intention to address a critical issue—and present it all wrong. Instead of doing his homework and makin...Read More
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Three weeks ago, it was reported that a woman who had been working in Utah for two months, returned to her home in Princeton. Upon arriving, she discovered that her two sons, ages 2 and 3, whom she had left in the care of her husband, were suffering from starvation and neglect. The children were [.....Read More
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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. I ...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. Because American politics have become so bitter, what should have been good information for the Congress turned into a partisan event. Fo...Read More
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Last month, 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 level of the Secret Service to the vulnerability of all air spaces to the use of drones. Ever since the use of drones became a military [....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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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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