As federal shutdown looms, ponder a better way to govern

Initiatives that fill a needed function should be enacted based on merit.

Congress should overturn FCC decision on net neutrality

January 17
Congress should overturn FCC decision on net neutrality
It was poorly thought out and could hurt millions of consumers.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is needed as defender of the West

January 16
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is needed as defender of the West
Her leadership helps fill U.S. void and counter illiberal drift in Europe.
Editorial
January 15

Getting a flu shot is even more important when vaccine effectiveness ebbs

When fewer people get sick, it's more difficult for the illness to spread.
Editorial
January 12

PolyMet approval process is setting a high bar — as it should

It's reassuring that state regulators have been allowed to do their jobs.
Editorial
January 12

Despite latest Trump firestorm, make a deal on DACA

President's racist remarks shouldn't derail important protections.
Editorial
January 12

If Missouri governor didn't commit a crime, he should welcome investigation

An affair is one thing, but blackmail allegations must be checked out.
Editorial
January 12

Stop the slurs and lies, President Trump

The pattern of race-baiting, followed by denials, is repugnant.
Editorial
January 11

Tariff-happy Trump is hurting U.S. businesses

Based on complaint from one paper mill, newsprint users are hurt.
Editorial
January 10

An eyebrow-raising use of public dollars in Hennepin County

Commissioner could have taken a more frugal approach to remodeling.
Editorial
January 9

Despite overall economic health, affordable housing is a priority

Governor, city officials are wise to seek wide input, avoid rent control.
Editorial
January 8

Brown County commissioners failed citizens by rejecting well testing

They should give state officials another chance to address their concerns.
Editorial
January 5

Minnesota's economy needs NAFTA

Companies large and small depend on free flow of goods and services.
Editorial
January 5

Congress must guard accuracy, use of census

Trump administration's citizenship question could deter participation.
Editorial
January 5

Minneapolis should reject plan to expand billboard zone

The city's downtown apartment and condo residents rightly object.
Editorial
January 4

Trump shouldn't back away from fight against AIDS

Appointing a new presidential advisory panel is a must after firings.
Editorial
January 3

Carter and Frey start first mayoral terms with community outreach

Both inaugurations included themes of more open, accessible governing.
Editorial
January 3

Talks, not tweets, needed on North Korea

Trump's impulsiveness could waste rare diplomatic opportunity to avoid war.
Editorial
January 2

With Smith moving to U.S. Senate, Minnesota needs clarity

Gov. Dayton should have accepted Republican proposal on succession.
Editorial
December 29, 2017

Trump administration caves to nursing home trade group

Move to weaken regulation comes after Star Tribune series on elder abuse.
Editorial
December 29, 2017

In pessimistic times, some silver linings for 2018

There are reasons to believe better times are coming.
Editorial
December 29, 2017

From Trump to Edina schools: The most-read Star Tribune opinions in 2017

If nothing else, 2017 has been a great year for opining. The following excerpts are from Star Tribune opinion articles ranked by highest online readership…
Editorial
December 28, 2017

It's been another deadly year for world's journalists

It's been a "terrible year for press freedom," and Trump hasn't helped.
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