Tom West
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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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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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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The Republican wave that allegedly swept across the country, didn’t start in eastern Manitoba and western Ontario. It must have started in Alberta, because it roared from the Rocky Mountain states deep into Dixie, flushing Democrats from office all over the place. But not in Minnesota. We have big...Read More
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The Vikings host Washington this Sunday, and protests are expected over the NFL’s refusal to change the visitors’ team name, which is Redskins. If they want to keep that name, I think I have the perfect solution. Instead of using a Native American theme for all of their marketing and memorabilia...Read More
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