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Editorials

Don’t let riots distract from focus of protests

Sometimes we wish we could “rewind” something we have just seen, because we can’t believe our eyes. What we thought we saw can’t be what really happened, we reason. Dozens of times during the past week or so, the media has permitted us to take another look at what occurred March 25 in ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Days of rage THUMBS DOWN: The protests and rioting following the death Monday of George Floyd in Minneapolis are understandable. The rage of the black community has been pent up and building with each time a black man has died at the hands of police in Minnesota. Admonitions to remain calm ...

Mob violence isn’t a proper response

Protestors have been gathering in Minneapolis since the death of George Floyd Monday. Floyd, a black man, was being questioned by Minneapolis police on suspicion of trying to pass a counterfeit $20 at a store. Somehow he wound up on the ground, in handcuffs, while a veteran Minneapolis police ...

Another black death at hands of police

Minneapolis police have added another name to the list of Minnesota black men who have died at the hands of police. The list is getting longer, and drawing more attention to Minnesota from the rest of the country as a place where “Minnesota Nice” doesn’t extend to all. On Monday, a ...

Dam failures

About 11,000 people were forced to leave their Central Michigan homes a few days ago, when two large dams failed. No lives were lost, in part because the dams’ imminent failure had been anticipated for several days, as a result of heavy rainfall. In fact, concern about the dams dates back ...

Taliban support must be basis for truce

While we Americans were paying tribute to our fallen heroes during Memorial Day weekend, observant Muslims here and abroad were marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Even in Afghanistan, there was a pause in hostilities between government and Taliban forces. It came as U.S. and ...