A railroad workman walked toward a switch along tracks at the Minnesota Transfer Railroad Yard in St. Paul.

Bill on minimum train crew is a matter of public safety

Legislature must ensure safety by staying on track with the minimum train crew requirement.

Rail infrastructure needs funding and support

May 23
Freight trains, above at the Valley Park Depot in Shakopee, are a great investment and policy should reflect that, commentary writer Scott Schulte wri
Our rail system is the best in the world, and it starts with massive spending from mostly private entities.

Counterpoint: Barr is sworn to uphold Constitution, not president's whims

May 23
President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr walk into the East Room of the White House for a Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor ceremon
He might not be the "people's lawyer" but he is not the president's personal defense counsel, and does not represent the president.
Gabriel Popkin
May 23
A row of ash stumps in St. Paul in 2017 after the city cut down the trees in attempt to manage emerald ash borer, which first appeared there in 2009.

Key to your understanding of the biodiversity crisis: The trees near your home

Spectacular predictions about human impact can end up being abstract. Perhaps it's more tangible to consider the fate of the ash, a tree for every place and purpose.
Jennifer Rubin
May 23
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Homeland Security in early May.

Democrats, about that rural vote? Show up and listen. Be honest about what you can deliver.

In other words, things that work in general work here. That's the suggestion of Sen. Jon Tester of Montana.
Noah Smith
May 22
President Donald Trump speaks about modernizing the immigration system in the Rose Garden of the White House last week in Washington.

Trump's new immigration plan offers a lot to like

The new proposal shifts green cards away from family sponsorship and toward skills-based immigration.
Jessica Melnik
May 22
Patsy Stinchfield cheered with her sign as she stood on the steps of the State Capitol during the Women’s March in January. This session, a bill was

Minnesota Legislature has failed school girls, #TimesUp movement

The state's session is ending with no action to protect girls in school from sexual harassment, despite bipartisan support.
Jason McGrath
May 22
Xcel Energy’s goal to be carbon-free by 2050 isn’t enough, the author writes. Above, the Sherco Power Plant in Becker, Minn.

Counterpoint: Stop greenwashing corporate greed and cover the climate crisis truthfully

And start covering the climate crisis truthfully, with all the facts.
May 22

Hotels might not want to admit it, but Airbnb is for real

The competitive landscape is changing, and that's worth celebrating.
David Banks
May 22
A University of St. Thomas-St. John’s University matchup in 2014. St. John’s is thought to be one of the members of the Minnesota Intercollegiate

In case you missed them: Opinions on the St. Thomas/MIAC dispute

The school is indeed getting the boot from the conference. Here's what people were writing as the issue unfolded.
David Winston
May 22
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, center, embraced his daughters after his opponent conceded defeat Sunday in the federal election in Australi

Australia's election surprise looks a lot like Trump's

A silent mass of neglected and insulted voters shocks political experts again.
Karl W. Smith
May 22
Abortion debate is not part of the culture wars

Abortion debate is not part of the culture wars

That battle is about the pace of change, and in that sense Americans are following an expected template toward tolerance. The basic line of division over abortion, however, has not moved.
David P. Hutchinson
May 21
Proper medical care for criminals has many benefits, but the government makes it hard to do properly.

Hennepin County sheriff: Change federal law to allow jails to treat inmates properly

Medical care is one way to prevent criminals from reoffending. It's also an unfunded mandate.
Kathleen Coskran
May 21
The prison system is a tangle of rules and regulations, but there are a few things we can focus on.

Three reforms for the federal prison system

The scattered nature of the system makes gathering accurate statistics a challenge, but here's what we know can help.
Grier Weeks
May 21
A new tool can tell you just how well, or not, prosecutors are handling sexual violence cases.

How well are Minnesota prosecutors responding to sexual violence?

There's a tool for finding out. Here's some of what the data show.
Sunita Puri
May 21
Alex Trebek in 2015. When the longtime “Jeopardy” host revealed to the world this spring that he’d been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer

'Fighting' disease is the wrong metaphor

I know I'll continue to hear the language of war from my patients. But I find it sometimes overwhelms the important parts of even a compromised life.
Matthew Cappucci
May 21
Texas Department of Public Safety troopers investigated a two-vehicle crash that left several storm chasers dead on March 28, 2017, near Spur, Texas.

Mobs are ruining storm-chasing and creating additional risk

In some cases, a greater risk than the weather itself.
P.J. O’Rourke
May 21
It's time to make rich people suffer again

It's time to make rich people suffer again

Sartorially. Before they ruin comfortable clothing for all of us.
Thomas L. Friedman
May 21

Would you like to see America? Visit Willmar.

All the global issues' are reflected here. Flyover country's supposed insularity is not.
Carliss Chatman
May 20
Protesters for women’s rights march Sunday to the Alabama Capitol to protest a law passed last week making abortion a felony in nearly all cases wit

The anti-abortion flurry, taken to its logical conclusion

If a fetus is a person, it should get child support, due process and citizenship.
Greg Mikkelson
May 20
This image shows potholes of water filled after a rainfall in March of this year. People are calling for more water storage, the author writes, but wh

Counterpoint: Further perspectives on the 'run-down' Minnesota River

Farming gets pegged as a culprit for the Minnesota's condition, but if we're putting things in historical context, we must think broadly.
David Banks
May 20

Forwarded with comment: 'Econ 101' in political arguments (updated with additional response)

A D.J. Tice column on the perceived burdens of taxes and tariffs is up for further discussion following a rebuttal in MinnPost.
Greg Sargent
May 20
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg , the mayor of South Bend, Ind., answered a question Sunday during a FOX News Channel town hall in Cl

In a Fox News town hall, Buttigieg unmasked Trump's unfitness, but there's one problem

He's engaging the debate about Democrats and electability, and not entirely in a good way.
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