Opinion

If you’re asked about manufacturing careers, what comes to mind? For many, it’s a dark and dirty factory. But in reality, the opposite is true. Today’s world of manufacturing looks a lot different, with clean, well-lit environments that thrive on advanced technology. According to Minnesota...
The Library of Congress created an exhibit, “Books that Shaped America,” that explores books that “have had a profound effect on American life.” This is a list of books from that exhibit that have been banned/challenged. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, 1884 The first ban of Mark...
By Kathleen Rogers and Heidi Kuhn   In March 1975, the United States fled from a protracted war in Vietnam, a war that claimed more than 58,000 Americans, and close to two million Vietnamese soldiers and civilians.  The U.S. also left behind a devastated landscape, riddled with millions of hard-to-...
The news about the social media bullying that is going on in our school district (or anywhere) is both appalling and horrifying. Yes, I agree, parents, teachers and community need to confront and punish bullying in social media. It’s up to them to stop it, and maybe the police need to be involved,...
Every August, when Congress takes its annual break from legislating, I get the opportunity to come home for several weeks and really hear what’s on the minds of Minnesotans. This fall, with so many important issues like the budget, health care, hurricane relief, and tax reform awaiting action in...
In a move that will further militarize police departments across the country while decreasing accountability, the President issued an executive order that strips away limits on weapons of war that the Defense Department can hand over to state and local police forces.  The President’s order expands...

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