Tom West

News that the Minneapolis Schools will allow students to graduate with one less gym glass brought mixed emotions. It seems odd that in the face of rising childhood obesity rates that physical fitness would take the hit. On the other hand, my memories of my own gym classes are so painful, I wouldn’t wish them […]

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A few months ago, a woman who lived on the 26th floor of a Seattle apartment building looked out her window. Staring back at her was a drone aircraft with a camera attached. Not surprisingly, she called the police. It turned out that the drone was owned by an aviation company that had been hired […]

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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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