Tom West

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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Minnesota’s Republicans and Democrats decided to confab simultaneously two weeks ago, the GOP in Rochester and the DFL in Duluth. As near as one could tell, neither side shot itself in the proverbial foot. The biggest threat to DFL unity was swept under the rug. That is the split between organized labor and environmentalists about [...]

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Your intrepid editor likes to expand his knowledge in different ways, and recently I read a book about it — literally a book about expanding the mind. Entitled “The Future of the Mind” by Dr. Michio Kaku, a professor of Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York, the book takes a look at [...]

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The drive-by media has recently been jumping around the state. One week it’s in Little Falls, the next in Waseca, the next in Mankato. It hasn’t been a good month for Greater Minnesota. A few weeks before the Waseca story broke, the Waseca paper reported debris from a small bomb had been found on an [...]

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The Minneapolis City Council was expected to consider a motion Friday, to change the name of “Columbus Day” to “Indigenous Peoples Day.” I don’t have any great affection for Christropher Columbus, but I have long thought that we ought to call our holidays for what they are. That means, call them the way  most Americans [...]

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So there I was, 65 feet above the ground, swaying on the scaffolding just outside the Minnesota State Capitol Building, attending the largest convention of stone carvers in the nation. Or so someone said. The ECM Editorial Board received a personal tour April 10 of the ongoing restoration of “the People’s Building.” When you see [...]

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It’s official. The winter of 2013-14 was the second worst since the winter of 1900-01, 114 years. You can tell your grandkids about this one. This is not just subjective complaining. This is based on the tabulations of West’s Winter Misery Index (WWMI), which, using historical data from the National Weather Service, combines the daily [...]

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