Tom West
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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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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