7 habits of highly numerate people

7 habits of highly numerate people

How to protect yourself from misleading data.

Fizzling out of Prince case shows that opioids are winning

April 20
Carver County Attorney Mark Metz announced Thursday that he was closing the two-year investigation into Prince’s death.
If a celebrity death and a load of resources couldn't produce charges, what about the other thousands of people who are at risk?

Ethics and leadership: How much lower can America go?

April 20
President Donald Trump, with then-FBI director James Comey on Jan. 22, 2017, at the White House. Handshakes were in the distant past this week.
Trump-Comey sniping pits two narcissists, fitting for these times.
John Rash
April 21
Dina Kawar

Rash Report: Jordan's 'rough and tough times' met with admirable compassion

Ambassador Dina Kawar reflects on her nation's resiliency.
Annette Meeks
April 20

Medical Assistance and work requirements: Proposal for able-bodied adults is modest, reasonable

Those seeking to preserve the welfare status quo are relying on myths. This plan would shore up our safety net and yield other benefits.
April 20

The 'how' of passing legislation in Minnesota: Still a mess

Longtime legislator Paul Thissen, on his way to the state Supreme Court, had some thoughts about this.
D.J. Tice
April 20

Duly noted: Supportive research on higher minimum wage

Study: Effects of wage boosts didn't cancel out gains for lowest-paid.
Dan Smith, Tim Mackey and Doug Loon
April 20
Minnesota’s roads and bridges bear a heavy load at times, as in this 2013 photo in the north metro. A proposed amendment to the state Constitution w

Editorial counterpoint: Constitutional amendment on transportation funding is needed, and sensible

Our roads and bridges are vital to the state. Constitutionally dedicated money is best for them, and a path voters have backed before.
Jennifer Rubin
April 20
In this April 27, 1988, photo, Tammie Jo Shults explained a flight maneuver to aviators at Naval Air Station Chase Field in Beeville, Texas. Shults is

From this week's news, three welcome portraits of grace under pressure

A pilot, a judge and a former first lady, all dignified, no-nonsense pros, showed we still have a lot of role models.
April 20
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Ask Star Tribune Opinion: What would you like to know about the Legislature?

The 2018 Minnesota Legislature has been in session since Feb. 20, and we’re guessing you have questions about what’s been going on at the State…
Noah Smith
April 20
FILE - In this April 20, 2016, file photo, a man smokes a marijuana joint at a party celebrating weed in Seattle. More than five years after Washingto

It's up to Republicans to legalize marijuana

Evidence is clear that freedom to toke brings big benefits. But only the GOP can end the federal government's reefer madness.
April 19

'Tone-deaf' Wisconsin police union is raffling an AR-15

The controversy is overshadowing effort to help two cancer patients.
Alice Hausman
April 19

Counterpoint: Don't discount the role of state investment in affordable housing

Bonding money has helped thousands get homes across Minnesota when other options don't exist.
David J. Unmacht, Patricia Nauman, Dave Smiglewski and Jill Sletten
April 19

Counterpoint: Cities are well-suited to make decisions on fees on new housing development

They aim to do what's best for their residents and realize that real solutions require public-private sector partnerships.
April 19
This combination photo shows President Donald Trump speaking during a roundtable discussion on tax policy in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., on April 5,

The decline and fall of James Comey

Nobody ever beats Trump at showboating and spite.
Brett Max Kaufman
April 19
U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood, depicted in a courtroom sketch, is presiding over hearings in New York City regarding the disposition of files seized

Who should review Michael Cohen's files? A special master

He and lawyer Michael Cohen merit the same protections as anyone else. A special master should sort out which files the government should – and shouldn't – see.
April 18

The U.S. Postal Service has more than an Amazon problem

For example, consider rising legacy costs of health care and pensions.
April 18

Little house in Connecticut: A gripping movie about the Constitution's Takings Clause

A film about the taking of blue-collar homes to allow an upscale project is a gripping look at eminent domain (really). It's Oscar-worthy.
Tom Landwehr
April 18
PolyMet Mining’s plan to create what would be the state’s first copper-nickel mine, on the site of the former LTV taconite facility near Hoyt Lake

Counterpoint: Rest assured, DNR is being rigorous and thorough on Polymet

We've strictly adhered to state standards as we weigh myriad factors on the project. And we'll keep doing so in reviewing public comments.
Kevin Dupuis and Kathryn Hoffman
April 18
Todd Thompson and his father, Leonard Thompson, harvested wild rice on Hole In The Day Lake south of Nisswa, Minn., in 2015.

2018 Legislature: Possible harm to wild rice is simply un-Minnesotan

Legislators are steamrolling bills that would gut water pollution standards that protect our state grain. There's still time to speak up.
Jacquielynn Floyd
April 17
Barbara Bush in 2013. A family spokesman said on Sunday, April 15, 2018, that the former first lady is in “failing health” and won’t seek additi

In the final stage of life, former First Lady Barbara Bush offers us a parting gift

In making that simple announcement that she was ready to limit medical treatment to "comfort care," she and her family offered a measure of comfort to all of us: This is life, too. This is acceptance.
Rachel Marsden
April 17
Former President Barack Obama : He drew a “red line” regarding the use of chemical weapons by Syria but decided to postpone military action afte

I refer President Trump to citizen Trump regarding 'red lines' in Syria

He had it right in 2013, when he warned President Obama not to attack in order to save face.
Souheil E. Ailabouni
April 17

Israel at 70: We Palestinians remember, too

It's a memory of ethnic cleansing that followed the establishment of the state of Israel. At least that's what it would be called today.
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