Opinion

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...
With the start of school and fall in the air, I would like to use this month’s column to talk about School Bus Safety, specifically as a reminder to motorists. While we have talked about this topic in previous years, we feel it’s extremely important to offer a reminder about the importance of...
According the Corporation for National and Community Service, a national study has shown that volunteers who are 50 and older live longer than same age non-volunteers. Another recent study of Americans over age 60 found that those who volunteer reported lower disability levels and higher levels of...
Eighty percent of people polled believe that governments should be required to publish public notices in newspapers. But for years, government has tried to “hide” public notices by either posting them on government websites only, or by not publishing them at all. Newspapers across the country are...

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