Internet voting and paperless machines have got to go

The integrity of our elections depends on using systems based on paper ballots.

High court has curbed life-without-parole for juveniles, but state case may open new door

May 21
Recent case could dilute the effect of high court restrictions on life without parole.

Notre Dame protesters missed out on a message they needed to hear

May 25
Pence endorsed free speech, diversity of thought on college campuses.
Steven Pearlstein
May 25

Trump's budget has much to criticize; but critics, please, discuss more and shout less

The president's plan raises questions, sure, and contains inconsistencies in reasoning, but let's analyze it constructively.
Bonnie Miller Rubin
May 25

Planned Parenthood does many, many things for women's health. Believe me, I know.

A routine visit led to a vital diagnosis, just one example of many ways this organization assists. Defunding it would be a terrible blow.
Newt Gingrich
May 25

Newt Gingrich: Trump is making history. The media can't see it.

Not in a generation has a U.S. president issued such a clarion call to the nations of the world.
John Kass
May 25

Media coverage of Trump doesn't just seem very negative – it is

A Harvard study finds it's been a whopping 80 percent negative.
Suzanne Donovan
May 25

A newcomer's view: Don't scorn skyways; help make them a better fit

This newbie suggests integrating sidewalks and skyways more, starting with enhanced signage to ease navigation.
May 24

America's newest debt binge

Debt from auto and student loans is problematic.
Robert Krol
May 24

Hike the U.S. gas tax to improve roads, bridges? No, trim it and let states adjust theirs based on their needs

The federal funding system is inflexible and outdated. It should be states that adjust their fuel taxes based on their widely varying needs.
Philip Kennicott
May 24

Surge of profanity in public political discourse speaks badly for America

The left is using it more as it strives to punch up its message, but the right goes there, too. In the end, it's just a sad substitute for thinking.
May 23

Tesla is winning Wall Street race, but don't bet against American ingenuity

If GM can compete with its Chevy Bolt EV, there's hope for Ford.
Garrison Keillor
May 23

Garrison Keillor: Don't drain the swamp, declutter it

Too many soulless stiffs is what's wrong with Washington. Some (the statues) can be removed more easily than others.
Richard W. Stanek
May 23

No free passes: Everyone must own the problem of opioid addiction if we're to turn this crisis around

Every year now, more people die in Minnesota from opioid-related overdoses than in car accidents. I'm asking for your immediate help.
Ahmed Tharwat
May 23

To Arabs, Trump is just America without its mask

Melania's dress? Avoid a rude thumbs-up? What's "rude" is U.S. failure to support Arab people's aspirations.
May 22

Trump needs to outline a strategy for Afghanistan

It's essential to reach a negotiated settlement with the Taliban.
Fred Hiatt
May 22

If you think a Trump impeachment could be smooth, while also curing what ails us, dream on

Trump allies would see his removal as election thievery. And it would do nothing to solve the problems that contributed to his win.
Bill Krouse
May 22

I'm a trucker; as summer travel season starts, please join me in helping keep our roads safe

Our industry strives for that. For all of us, the most vital trip is the one home to our families.
Steve Chapman
May 21

A thought for critics who say baseball's gotten wussified: Tough guys don't whine

Every generation regards the next one as soft and weak.
May 20

Paying a toll to enter Wisconsin?

Momentum grows for tolling to address dire road-funding need.
Tony Schwartz
May 20

Trump the man: What you see is what you get. It never evolves.

I wrote "The Art of the Deal" with him. His drive for domination, and his self-sabotage in the pursuit thereof, is rooted in his past.
May 20

Are visionary Republicans history in our state?

A post-Watergate Minnesota GOP chairman has this advice: If there's chaos in Washington, keep it there. Put on an orderly show in St. Paul.
May 20

Professional pictorial pontificators: 150 years of cartoon history

A journey through newspapers past.
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