Counterpoint: What Katherine Kersten can't grasp about schools but readers should

The state Department of Human Rights is not embarking on a campaign to allow chaos. Violent offenses and criminal activity will always be taken seriously. The focus is on lesser infractions, which clearly produce an unequal pattern of suspensions.

Counterpoint: The missed element in the comeback blueprint suggested for Pawlenty

March 20
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People don't want an establishment candidate. Simple as that. That's why GOP challenger Mary Giuliani Stephens is the real obstacle for the former governor.

Counterpoint: The actual economics of Minnesota's forest-products industry

March 20
Aspen and birch on a spring day north of Park Rapids, Minn., in 2014.
Contrary to an assertion made in a recent commentary, wood costs are not low. The reason, as always, is supply and demand. There'll be consequences. Roll tape.
March 20

Trump launches War on Drugs II on opioid abuse

Unfortunately, the first such effort failed to stop the crack-cocaine crisis.
Tom Connell
March 20

Counterpoint: Let's discuss race issues in Minnesota's schools — calmly

That means the Star Tribune must not be a tool of the flame-throwing Center of the American Experiment. Keep that material in context.
Julia Hill and Dana Bennis
March 19
An illustration that accompanied a commentary by Katherine Kersten on the Star Tribune's March 18 Opinion Exchange cover.

Counterpoint: False claims and dog whistles in Katherine Kersten's commentary on school discipline

Katherine Kersten's recent commentary on school discipline brought the fear, not the facts. It won't work — people know better.
Julia Harrison
March 19

Counterpoint: I volunteer at Listening House. It's about real people coming together.

I volunteer at Listening House. This endeavor is about real people coming together.
Chris Olson Bingea
March 19

Counterpoint: St. Paul drop-in center is trying hard to fit in neighborhood

In fact, we're already succeeding. Just a fraction of the surrounding community opposes our efforts, and a City Council member's recent claims about us were misleading.
March 19

Fighting discrimination should still be a key goal for HUD

Proposed change to agency's mission statement sends conflicting signal.
March 19
Undisciplined: Chaos may be coming to Minnesota classrooms, by decree

Undisciplined: Chaos may be coming to Minnesota classrooms, by decree

A state agency aims to eliminate racial disparities in schools' response to misbehavior. Its destabilizing course would only spread the disruption.
Michael Dempsey
March 19
Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking to employees of the Almazov National Medical Center in St.Petersburg, Russia, Friday, March 1

Putin won his election. He's losing everywhere else.

In Syria and Ukraine he's stuck is costly messes; Russia's economy is sick; conflict with the West is the last thing he needs.
March 17

Add a dead dog to list of screw-ups by United Airlines

After dragging a passenger off a flight in 2017, another boneheaded move.
March 17

U.S. has yet to do enough to punish Russia

Sanctions, condemnation must be followed by more action.
Stephen L. Carter
March 17
A Toys ‘R’ Us store in Maplewood. The famous chain announced this week that it will liquidate, filing plans to close or sell its more than 700 U.S

A big reason for the demise of Toys 'R' Us? Toys are not the same

Tangible playthings that kids manipulate have yielded to digital entities that kids interact with. That took a toll on stores.
Vicki Ernst
March 16
Debate over background checks for firearms purchases has intensified since 17 people were killed in the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

Counterpoint, gun legislation: Senator is off course in collaborating on 'universal background checks'

The problem isn't with checks; the problem is a flawed federal data system. This move would infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens.
From the New York Times
March 16

Tariffs and trade policy: Got questions? Paul Krugman has answers

  New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, an economist, took questions from Times readers about trade after President Donald Trump’s announcement of tariffs on steel…
Mary McLeod
March 16
The Minnesota State Capitol : Proposals at the Legislature would give lawmakers more authority over the selection of members of the Univeristy of Mi

Counterpoint: How to get the best U regents? Recruit, recruit, recruit

Legislators could help do that, instead of taking aim at the Candidate Advisory Council.
March 16

Ending poverty in Minnesota is behind schedule. A Republican plan wouldn't help.

A fair summation of proposed Medicaid work requirement: First, do harm.
John Grisham
March 16
“The rate of wrongful convictions in the United States is estimated to be somewhere between 2 percent to 10 percent, writes John Grisham. “That ma

John Grisham: It's too easy to wrongfully convict someone in our country

The reasons include some basic human flaws, including negligence and misconduct, but also overconfidence in forensic magic.
Scott Newman and Jim Knoblach
March 16
The Minnesota State Capitol.

It's time to fix the problems of civil forfeiture

Ending this process and replacing it with criminal forfeiture would protect people from losing property when they're not convicted.
Maggie Shea
March 16

March Madness: A touch of 'sadness' is more the operative feeling for me

It's a closer-to-home basketball obsession that I've really come to love, but that one's over for the season.
Adam Minter
March 16
Physicist and author Stephen Hawking, at a New York news conference in 2016 to announce the space exploration initiative “Breakthrough Starshot.”

High-profile bets, lost ones at that, say much about Stephen Hawking's greatness

Hawking often challenged key points of physics with public bets. But they were never personal and showed a humility and flexibility that help form his legacy.
Jason McGrath
March 15
Coffman Memorial Union at the University of Minnesota is named for Lotus Coffman, who was president of the U from 1920 to 1938.

Counterpoint: Move to rename Coffman Union doesn't impose an unfair test

The shortcomings of the former U president were moral failings in his own day, not simply by current standards.
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