Opinion

January is National Stalking Awareness Month, a time to focus on a crime that affected 7.5 million victims in one year. The theme – “Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It.” – challenges the nation to fight this dangerous crime by learning more about it. Stalking is a crime in all 50 states, the U.S....
In the wake of last year’s dramatic and surprising presidential election, there’s a lot of uncertainty about what the new year will bring. Given the political earthquake we experienced in 2016, I’ll refrain from making any predictions about what this year’s political environment might be like....
Recently, there’s been a spike in the debate around the idea of Universal Basic Income (UBI). UBI basically means that if you’re alive you deserve to receive enough money to keep you above the poverty line and provide for all your basic needs. The money can come from either a government or some...
My wife and I were visiting in the Staples area and had an opportunity to attend “A Cardinal Christmas” presented by the Staples-Motley High School Music Department on Dec. 19. We were greatly impressed with the musical quality of the various musical groups.  In addition we were very appreciative...
“Farm kid skills” became an important concept at the Building a 21st Century Workforce conference at NJPA in December. At the manufacturing, robotics and transportation small group session, which was primarily shop teachers, other educators, mixed in with manufacturing and administrative people,...
Pope Francis released the annual World Day of Peace Message for January 1, 2017, called “Nonviolence-A Style of Politics for Peace.” This is the Vatican’s fiftieth World Day of Peace message, but its first statement on nonviolence, in the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr....
When you spend 40 to 60 or even 70 hours a week doing your local government job, it probably doesn’t occur to you that your bosses will deny you the same pay increase that everyone else in your organization gets when the bosses approve annual pay scales. Your job is described in Minnesota Statutes...
By Tom Emery   Some say it just isn’t Christmas without the poinsettia, a colorful addition to the holiday season.  Outside of his native state, the flower’s namesake has been lost to history. The plant is named for Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first American ambassador to Mexico, who distributed...

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