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Gina Barreca
August 31, 2018

Saluting the labors and legacies of our grandparents

A secondary matter: What is work, and how is it distinguished from play, even if think your job is fulfilling and fun?
Hector Figueroa
August 31, 2018
A protest in Flint, Mich., sought $15-an-hour wages, better working conditions and the right to unionize. The number of union members grew by 262,000

Union spirit is not dead, but at last is reviving

Much of the burgeoning enthusiasm is among the young, who sense the help membership offers both in the workplace and beyond.
Dick Schwartz
August 31, 2018

The fruits of a lifetime of labor. Surprise!

"We didn't want you selling the house and not knowing. That wouldn't have been sensible, now would it?"
August 31, 2018

Vladimir Putin's Russia can have more Putinism or prosperity, but not both

His economic advisers know what's needed, but he doesn't seem to.
Byong Moon Kim
August 31, 2018

The Korean War: A day to remember those who served, some who died

Two Americans who gave their lives will be honored Sept. 8 as a Twin Cities family holds its 15th annual appreciation day event.
Iris Stewart Frey
August 31, 2018
Firefighters from San Bernardino, Calif., made a stand in front of an advancing wildfire last month in Lake Elsinore, Calif.

Is climate change a factor in record California wildfires?

While we can't pin any one blaze on it, signs point that way. We need to adapt.
August 31, 2018
The Senate is scheduled to begin hearings this week on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Questions that senators might ask Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Many would center on whether an "originalist" reading of the Constitution is sufficient, and how it squares with a number of court rulings.
August 31, 2018
A protest last month in Barcelona, calling for the independence of Catalonia from Spain. The new leaders of Spain and Catalonia have agreed on opening

Why so much nationalistic agitation around the globe?

The world has never been more peaceful or prosperous. Not for all, of course, but we seem to have forgotten how precious these things are.
August 31, 2018

Bored by baseball? MLB might go too far speeding up the game

Baseball is the game of pitch-by-pitch tension for attuned fans.
Merrill Matthews
August 31, 2018

Change in management policies is a culprit in California fires

Cutting back on clearing out dead and diseased trees has fueled the problem.
Hugh Hewitt
August 31, 2018
President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, officiates at the swearing-in of Judge Britt Grant to take a seat on the U.S. C

Who should be afraid of Kavanaugh? Bureaucrats.

Trump's record setting success seating federal judges could reduce the power of unelected administrators. About time.
August 30, 2018

John McCain believed in America's leadership role

He made it clear that those who love liberty will always be backed by U.S.
Allen Lund
August 30, 2018
The popularity of electronic pulltabs is one of the reasons that charitable gambling sales in Minnesota have risen sharply in the past five years.

Counterpoint: Charitable gambling entities serve, but aren't self-serving

Sales in Minnesota hit $2 billion in FY2018, but after payouts, taxes and expenses, $70 million went to our communities and missions.
Jim Schowalter
August 30, 2018

Editorial counterpoint: The problem today isn't getting health care; it's paying for it

We sorely need policy discussions that lead to practical actions, with clear-eyed recognition of the tradeoffs.
Matt Dean
August 30, 2018

Editorial counterpoint: Regressive sick tax is now completely unneeded and needs to go

The 2 percent charge applied to doctor and dentist visits is due to expire next year, and it should. Gov. Dayton's decision to embrace a big federal aid expansion has made it unnecessary.
August 29, 2018

Rubio's paid parental leave plan is a Faustian bargain

But parents will have tough time resisting the temptation to say yes.
August 29, 2018

The Catholic Church: In a time of outrage tinged with despair, an unsolicited piece of advice

The church needs reform, and the most powerful one that could be made is to involve lay women in every examination and judgment.
Robert Wedl
August 29, 2018

Policies to end sex abuse are but one of the changes necessary for the Catholic Church

Indeed, the church must change substantially or become irrelevant. Here are some of the things it could do.
Robert L. Schmaltz
August 29, 2018
The St. Paul Cathedral. Attorney Jeff Anderson is calling for a grand-jury investigation into clergy sex abuse in Minnesota. One conducted in Pennsylv

Why not a federal investigation of clergy abuse?

There have been calls for more state-level inquiries, but abuse has occurred nationwide, and the church has failed to act as needed.
August 28, 2018

Another mass shooting shatters American lives

Don't expect Congress to act after two die, nine are wounded in Florida.
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