Southwest light rail dos and don'ts

Southwest light rail dos and don'ts

The development timeline that might have been, in another universe.

Can the Science Museum of Minnesota evolve?

September 15
The onetime "state-of-the-art" facility is unfortunately starting to feel dated.

Don't weaken regulation of gun silencers

September 20
It'll only make it easier for criminals to carry out deadly attacks.
David Rothkopf
September 20

Trump at the U.N.: Stark words sounded more like a mob boss than a statesman

Shocking vision of America's role in the world was unlike that of any of Trump's predecessors.
Ramesh Ponnuru
September 20

Trump at the U.N.: All in all, speech was pretty conventional

Aside from the bluster, Trump didn't deviate much from what any other Republican president might have said about the global order.
Mark Osler
September 20

It's hard not to root for an underdog like Detroit

Hey, Twin Cities, look out! The former wasteland wants to lure its expatriates — like me — back to town.
September 19

Our children are being shot, and Congress cowers

The U.S. gun lobby has used its power to quash the most sensible protections.
Hugh Hewitt
September 19

The Trump presidency: All in all, a pretty good eight months

This is thanks to a direct message and reasonably conservative progress, both of which resonate with Americans.
Kurt Bardella
September 19

The Trump presidency: GOP oversight has gone missing

Consider, for instance, Jared Kushner — a "shadow diplomat" on a "hunt for cash." If this were the Obama years, or the Clinton years …
Garrison Keillor
September 19

Garrison Keillor: Love of country, sung by real people, from the heart

I love to sing about the dawn's early light and the broad stripes and bright stars when I am standing next to other people who are singing it, too.
Costas Panagopoulos and Aaron Weinschenk
September 19

Did Comey give Trump the presidency? We don't think so.

Using an analysis of polling data from the last four months of the campaign, we find no conclusive evidence that the Comey letter led to a decisive shift in voter support. Instead, changes in support for the candidates resulted largely from other factors.
Megan McArdle
September 19

Trump is not being normalized. What is? Leftist bad behavior.

Antifa is not the same as white supremacists. (Just so you can note that, for the record, I said it.) But we're bending over a lot farther backward to accommodate antifa disruption of our rights.
Joe Shneider
September 18

Aquatic invasive species: Regional boat inspections inconvenient? Yes, but …

A strategy that Wright County is trying to implement asks more of the boating public, sure. But it's a change we need to make prevention cost-effective and avoid the much larger inconvenience of losing control of our lakes.
Emily Piper
September 18

Another 'cliff' for Congress, Minnesota: The Children's Health Insurance Program

Congress must act quickly to fund health care coverage for low-income Minnesota children and pregnant women.
September 18

Credit Pawlenty, Bakk for new Lake Vermilion jewel

Unlikely duo championed first new full-service state park in 25 years.
Eric W. Kaler and Doug Loon
September 18

Immigration policy: Why DACA matters to our state's future

The immigration system must align itself with the needs of a changing and growing economy.
Joe Nocera
September 18

Equifax data breach: The policy changes needed before the outrage fades

At a minimum, the government needs to create incentives that would reward the credit bureaus for accuracy, customer service and ironclad data security. If that doesn't work, it ought to regulate them like public utilities.
John Rash
September 15

Rash Report: Russia's election meddling extends to social media

Fake Facebook accounts bought ads that "appeared to favor amplifying divisive social and political messages."
Karen Miller
September 15

13 reasons why mental-health reimbursement rates should not be slashed

A list for Blue Cross Blue Shield to consider.
September 15

How public-financing vouchers could improve Minneapolis elections

Seattle has set the example. We're encouraging a similar strategy in Minneapolis and are trying to gauge interest among candidates.
September 15

There's money to be made in renewables. Argument enough?

It's a "better argument for a Republican." Fair enough. But, those climate consequences are pretty compelling, too.
Lynn A. Blewett
September 15

Why single-payer is not likely our path forward

Here are some of the obstacles, especially for — but not exclusive to — state-level proposals. Two-thirds of Americans have private insurance. It may be better to expand public coverage for subsets of the population with particular needs.
Drew Hamre
September 15

A closer look at the legacy of Charles Lindbergh

From his skepticism of U.S. involvement in World War II to his connections to Germany, it's wise to pay attention to the details. They draw a fuller portrait.
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