Tom West
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...Read More
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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 l...Read More
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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 o...Read More
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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, cal...Read More
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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 Nati...Read More
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In the last two weeks, I had the opportunity to participate in a conference call with Gov. Mark Dayton and also to sit in on a Q-and-A session with one of the Republican candidates seeking his job, Marty Seifert. The conference call with Dayton came while he was in his car returning to the Mayo [......Read More
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