The case for Democrats' not opposing Gorsuch

The case for Democrats' not opposing Gorsuch

I worked to block Robert Bork and regret it because his defeat politicized the process. Now, there's no valid reason to block Gorsuch and a peace offering might benefit all.

CAFE standards are lousy environmental policy

March 17
CAFE standards are lousy environmental policy
Environmentalists are irate over Trump administration plans to roll back Obama gas-mileage regulations, but CAFE rules just aren't a rational way to cut fuel use.

Why does the Secret Service keep fumbling White House security?

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Why does the Secret Service keep fumbling White House security?
It's especially troubling that most recent intrusion lasted 17 minutes.
Ward Brehm and Jack Leslie
March 20

U.S. foreign aid works; it's the right thing to do (and it's minimal)

We've seen the results firsthand. Americans would do well to understand the value of these investments — and oppose the proposed cuts.
Peter M. Leschak
March 18

It's time for a new dream; need it be expansionary?

Astronaut Eugene Cernan's death, like that of Sally Ride, reminds us that we once had a vision — though it was a conflicted one — and that now we don't.
Jason Lewis
March 17

U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis: Defense of Obamacare is indefensible; why I voted for the ACHA

While the Editorial Board favors the dysfunctional status quo, I voted for a common-sense plan that is the first step to repeal and replace it.
Matt Seaholm
March 17

Facts don't support column's call for ban on plastic retail bags

For starters, U.S.-made plastic retail bags are 100 percent recyclable. And bans elsewhere have not produced strong results.
Raymond Dehn
March 17

With drug addiction, focus on prevention and treatment, not criminalization

Addiction is a marker of community health, not individual intent. We should create policies accordingly.
From the economist
March 17

Global economy on the upswing (no thanks to populists)

If people make the wrong connections about this, the whole thing could blow.
D.J. Tice
March 17

What if Trump and Clinton had swapped genders?

Experiment suggests the populist plays best either way. Surprised?
LORI STURDEVANT
March 17

Minnesota's renowned people power is waning

Examples abound. Will citizens get cynical or energized by this?
John Hinderaker
March 17

A city-country mice divide in Minnesota? We don't see it that way

Less government, more freedom is good for rural and urban Minnesota.
Commentary
March 17

Mayo starts a hard, needed debate

CEO's comments draw attention to a serious issue.
David Spence
March 17

Sinister-sounding 'deep state' isn't necessarily sinister — or subversive

In resisting the agenda of a president, bureaucrats may be trying to carry out their agency's mission, as defined by law.
Editorial
March 16

Researchers solve a swimming pool question we might not want answered

Scientists take the measure of those warm spots.
Ria Chakraborty
March 16

The myth of safety for 'model' minorities

Recent crimes against U.S. residents with roots in India, including two fatal shootings, have generated alarm.
Thomas R. Gilliam
March 16

Thoughts on health care, freedom of choice and business models

Here's one question: What happens when those who opt out of coverage get sick?
John Kass
March 16
President Donald Trump speaks during a rally Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.

Trump's mass firing of U.S. attorneys is simply politics as usual.

But as usual, where Trump is concerned, it has set off fact-free media melodrama.
George McNulty
March 16

Mandatory seat belts in school buses? Sounds like a no-brainer, but research shows it's not a good idea

For reasons ranging from design to compliance to statistics, there are problems.
Brian LeClair
March 16

Legislators can — and should — say no to proposed pay raise

Just because a new citizens panel called for a more-than-$13,000 pay raise for them, senators and House members don't have to accept it — and they shouldn't.
Faisal Ahmed, Abdirashid Jama, and Abdi “Gurhan” Mohamed
March 15

We're Somali business owners in Minneapolis. We back a $15 minimum wage. Here's why

Raising the hourly minimum in Minneapolis would be good for our neighborhoods and is sound, as well. Our businesses thrive when our customers earn living wages.
Editorial
March 14

UAE's lofty ambition: A city the size of Chicago on Mars

For the tiny nation, the limit is way beyond the sky: a city on Mars by 2117.
Patricia Helmberger
March 11

Plastic bags: It's time to bag these ubiquitous, deadly pollutants

Plastic bags crowd landfills and ocean garbage islands. The Legislature would be foolish to ignore the problem.
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