Tom West
While President Obama said in a speech this week that global temperatures have been the warmest in history this year, those of us who live in Central Minnesota must feel like we live on another planet. Last winter was the coldest temperaturewise since at least 1900. Now we have the  Central Minneso...Read More
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Although the fact that the Minnesota Vikings star running back, Adrian Peterson, was indicted by a Texas grand jury for beating a 4-year-old bloody has stirred up a great controversy, the easy way out is to miss the point. The easy way is to say the NFL and the Vikings are amoral and care only [...]...Read More
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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’...Read More
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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 [.....Read More
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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 challeng...Read More
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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 desig...Read More
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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 [...]...Read More
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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 [....Read More
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