Thoughts from a 32-year teacher, now retired

Thoughts from a 32-year teacher, now retired

It's not an easy profession, but do not doubt that those who practice it are dedicated to the task.

Iran nuclear deal: Preauthorizing the use of force is a bad idea

August 31
If the U.S. needs to show resolve, it can do so within its existing constitutional procedures.

Why we need an impartial Federal Reserve

Central bank must be independent, even in the face of intense lobbying.
Al Franken and TAMMY BALDWIN

Al Franken, Tammy Baldwin: Avoiding an oil train explosion shouldn't be a matter of luck

We’re pressing for an approach to safety that’s all-of-the-above.
Charlie Weaver

Minnesota's business leaders know Donald Trump's immigration plan is bad policy

It's provocative, but it would be damaging for businesses in Minnesota and elsewhere.
Judy Wright

Women and culture: Hannah Montana is dead

Well, she never really existed, did she? But talk about your BFLs (“big fat lies” — I think I just made that up). For five…
Larry Levitt

Health care reform, GOP-style

Policy ideas call for less regulation, less spending, less help for those with low incomes.
Noah Feldman

First-Amendment-free in front of the Supreme Court?

So says an appellate court, for all practical purposes, in a poorly judged decision.
August 31

Cable, satellite firms have too much control over set-top

FCC should adopt new rules to create more competition, help consumers.
Andy Parker
August 31

Ending gun violence is my purpose now

My daughter was killed on live television. I will do whatever it takes.
Sam Tanenhaus
August 31

Jesse Jackson created the Democratic Party as we know it

It's a parallel, of sorts, to Barry Goldwater and Republicans. And Jackson's moment has come again.
Jim Abeler
August 30

Let's hit the 'reset' button on UCare

Instead of throwing 475,000 off state programs, take time out to get it right.
Monte Bute
August 30

The dangers of groupthink

Strict conformity of opinion is the enemy of intellectual liberty — and both conservatives and liberals fall into this trap.
John Kass
August 30

Mock the Trumpians — at your peril

Sure, the true believers are an easy target. But don't underestimate their thirst for populist answers.
Barbara Reynolds
August 28

Why our '60s crowd is wary of Black Lives Matter

Baby boomers want to support the new movement, but disagree with its tactics.
August 28

Immigration tale: A Russian meets America

(A land of plenty, a land of freedom, a land of curiosities.)
August 28

Sanders makes his run with the help of small-beer donors

Refreshingly, the average contribution to his campaign is just $31.30.
John Rash
August 28

Seeing the best of America — and immigration — from India

The impact of immigration — an issue vexing multiple countries — depends on a nation's perspective.
August 28

U.S. has too few judges to effectively enforce immigration laws

Enforcement spending is growing much faster than court budgets.
August 28

The week in the markets: Sky is not falling, but it's shedding a bit

China was the proximate cause of the turmoil. So what, precisely, is the situation there?
D.J. Tice
August 28

Public-policy moves: And what when the worst case doesn't transpire?

Public policy on guns, minimum wage is food for thought.
August 28

For Amy Klobuchar, if immigration then were like immigration now …

The senator reflects on family history and Minnesota's needs and nature.
Michael Nesset
August 28

This is my zip car: A Mazda Miata for the older gent (and grandkids)

Sure, it seems like a gratuitous purchase. Or does i
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