Opinion

Moderates get shot at from both sides

Columns

Why do the same people who object to abortion favor the death penalty? Shouldn't "pro-life" stand for "pro-any-and-all-life"?Why do the same people who want to limit government intervention through economic deregulation also want government to regulate personal behavior through anti-drug ...

No excuse for missing documents

Editorials

It is illegal for government officials to refuse to turn over most official documents to anyone who asks for them. Yet President Barack Obama's administration has set new records in failing to turn documents over to journalists and in dragging its feet, sometimes for years, when it does ...

Easter – You’ve just got to believe

Editorials

There have been many TV shows, books and documentaries over the years that purport to look for the "historic Jesus." They seek documentary evidence of the life, words and actions of Jesus to verify what is written in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.Of course, there isn't much. There ...

Immigrants, who needs ‘em? We do

Columns

A couple summers ago, a nasty hail storm rolled through western Iowa where I was living, causing extensive damages to more than half the homes in Red Oak.My house was one of the many casualties and as such, we would put on a new roof, siding, window screens and trim.As I typically do with my ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Fort Ridgely GolfTHUMBS DOWN: We share the concern of the Friends of Fort Ridgely who learned this week that the Department of Natural Resources is planning on closing the Fort Ridgely Golf Course.The Fort Ridgely nine-hole course is unique among Minnesota's state parks. It gives the park the ...

Metro Minnesota

Editorials

Minnesota is becoming more metropolitan, according to the latest population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.According to statistics analyzed by the Metropolitan Council, the population in the 7-county Metropolitan area has surpassed 3 million for the first time, growing at a rate of 5.7 ...

The religion of evolutionism

Letters

To the editor:An anonymous commenter (Mar-11-16 7:32 AM) objects to my Mar. 10 'The language of creation' letter defending 'Intelligent Design' by saying: "Magic and miracles are not part of the scientific method."Please ponder the contents of the little ball (nucleus) only 5 millionths of a ...

Friends of Fort Ridgely

Letters

To the editor:Retration: In a March 23, 2016 Friends of Fort Ridgely letter to the editor, a statement was made referring to Southern Regional Director for Minnesota DNR, Dennis Frederickson. This statement was made in error. The Friends of Fort Ridgely regret this error.John FritscheNew ...

European solidarity means what exactly?

Editorials

Throughout Europe on Tuesday afternoon, heads of state made pledges similar to that from German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Her country stands in "full solidarity" with Belgium, where at least people were killed and nearly 200 wounded in bombings by Islamic terrorists, Merkel said.European Union ...

‘Uninformed’ about Trump?

Letters

To the editor:I read Vern Clobes' response to Greg Orear's column, and he actually talks about "uninformed bias against Donald Trump." Excuse me?Donald Trump is a businessman who got where he is by pushing people around on his way to "the top." He saw how the Tea Party was acting in the last ...

Fighting on for Fort Ridgely

Letters

To the editor:The Minnesota DNR is at it again. This time they want to shut down the golf course at Fort Ridgely State Park. This, after spending millions of dollars to change the configuration of the course and adding grass greens and an irrigation system. Also, with the possible introduction ...

The Teflon Donald

Columns

What does a guy have to do to offend the electorate these days?Donald Trump has been trying hard to do it, but for some reason he has been unable to turn off the voters. He said Mexico is sending murderers and rapists across the border into the U.S. He suggested Sen. John McCain is less than ...

People still trying to escape from Cuba

Editorials

People who have reason to hope their native land will become less repressive do not risk their lives in small boats on the Atlantic Ocean, in the hope of better lives in the United States. One wonders if that occurred to President Barack Obama as he was planning his trip to Cuba this week.On ...

Being Christian not supposed to be easy

Columns

Back when I got my driver's license Friday nights were for "driving around" with friends. Driving around was not a particularly productive activity, but that was small town life in the seventies. Our parents hoped we didn't do anything stupid, a low bar we usually achieved.One particular Friday ...

The SEALs problem

Editorials

It was all a mistake, the Navy told U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. There is no shortage of rifles for Navy SEALs. Those whose rifles were taken so other SEALs could have weapons during deployments have had their guns returned.Earlier this month, Hunter demanded answers after some of the ...

Real ID shouldn’t be a puzzler

Editorials

Minnesota has been recalcitrant when it comes to the federal government's Real ID requirements. The Real ID Act, designed to upgrade drivers license information to increase security, was passed in 2005. States were given plenty of time to comply and bring their IDs up to snuff but a lot of ...

Technology

Columns

What do you think of when someone talks about technology in schools? Do you think of labs full of desktop computers? Students sitting at desks with laptops or scattered about a room with iPads or Chromebooks? What about scissors and glue?Prior to computers, if someone mentioned "cut and paste" ...

The math mystique

Columns

Americans have a mythical fear of math. It is considered the provenance of the brainy. Math teachers - people who triumphed in the field against the odds inherent in a deficient system - perhaps unwittingly convey to students that math is hard.Well, it's not.It simply viewed wrong, and by ...

EPA failure in Flint

Editorials

Start building a new home on a tract of marshy land, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may be on your back promptly with orders to cease and desist and hefty fines intended to show you who's boss.But threaten an entire city with health problems that may persist for decades and, well, ...

Meeting destiny, despite a ‘nervous giggle’

Columns

She had been working at the newspaper a couple weeks when I asked, as innocently as possible, if she'd like a windshield tour of the area.Naively unaware of my ulterior motives, she accepted and I picked her up at her house on an ideal Sunday afternoon. While it was early June in Missouri, the ...

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