Tom West

So the Minnesota Republican Party issues a press release announcing how offended it is that Sen. Al Franken recently held two road cones as if they were female breasts. Really. Is that the biggest issue they can come up with? Does anybody realize that the race between Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden is not [...]

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Seventh District Judge Steven Cahill survived a primary election challenge by three attorneys. No surprise there. The three challengers split a majority of the votes. Kenneth Kohler got the nod to run against Cahill in November. It wasn’t surprising because in Minnesota election of judges is designed to all but guarantee the re-election of incumbents. [...]

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This spring, my grandson and I decided to grow our own pumpkins. He is of that age when making jack o’lanterns at Halloween is a big deal. We planted four seeds, but only two germinated. Off to a slow start, the Secretary of Agriculture at our house went to a greenhouse and bought a pumpkin [...]

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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. It will be a quiet, little ceremony. In preparing for this occasion, I have [...]

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Being an editor in these parts during election season is a little like being the referee in a professional wrestling match. One never knows when one of the participants is going to body slam you instead of their opponent. We are often accused of editing the letters from only one side. It gets a little [...]

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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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