The readying of telephone poles for fiber-optic cable in Two Harbors, Minn., in 2012.

Readers Write: Broadband projects, population growth, assisted suicide

Such resistance to being helpful.
A protester led a Native American prayer with a traditional drum on Tuesday outside the Catholic Diocese of Covington in Covington, Ky. Students from

Readers Write: Culture clash on National Mall, status of Commons park, border wall/shutdown

A question about convictions.
January 22
Tom Baldwin tried to download the new online sports betting application at Mardi Gras Casino & Resort in Crosslanes, W.V., in December. Indian casinos

Readers Write: Sports gambling in Minnesota, census ruling, Jordan-Roosevelt dispute, state information technology, youth sports and concussions

Don't limit potential legalization of sports gambling in Minnesota to reservations.
January 18
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, a first-term Democrat representing Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District, walked from the Longworth House Office Building t

Readers Write: U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, e-cigarette advertising, Final Four costs, the harm once brought by women's hats

Celebrate a fresh, honest voice in Congress.
January 18
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie was questioned on Capitol Hill in December about the expansion of private-sector medical care for veterans.

Readers Write: VA health care, credit for 'Miracle on the Hudson,' 1969 revisited, poetry's new generation, timber harvest, Jayme Closs case

Wary of increased privatization.
January 18

Readers Write: Youth sports and concussions, the garbage burner and personal responsibility, Trump banner at prep game, MLK Day

Concussion risks necessitate a federal law.
January 17
The owner of a flag promoting President Donald Trump said there was no racist intent behind displaying it at a high school basketball game Tuesday bet

Readers Write: Trump flag at Jordan-Roosevelt high school basketball game, equality vs. equity, the labor movement, Target and Thor Cos., the Rush Line and White Bear Lake

An offense, or also free speech?
January 16
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., went on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on Tuesday to announce that she is forming an exploratory committee

Readers Write: Kirsten Gillibrand and the presidency, border wall, liberty and inequality, technology and global competitiveness

A presidential possibility with a shadow: The push for Al Franken's resignation from Senate.
January 15
It’s not clear whether Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev actually pounded his shoe on a table as he is reputed to have done at the United Nations in

Readers Write: Questions of Russian influence, whether to concede in the shutdown, Metropolitan Council leadership shakeup, marijuana and driving

Seems like a self-interment to me.
January 14
An energy audit in 2009 of a house in Quamba, Minn. A proposal that would apply to homes in Minneapolis would require an insulation check and a test f

Readers Write: Proposed energy audit mandate in Minneapolis, City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins' planned race forum, remembering Twin Cities musician Willie Murphy, an anecdote showing humanity at its best

There are better alternatives.
January 11
Andrea Jenkins, right, was named Minneapolis City Council vice president in 2018.

Readers Write: Minneapolis City Council's Andrea Jenkins, downtown tower signage, border wall, partial government shutdown

Opposing assessments of a Minneapolis leader.
January 11
Don’t let the patchy grass fool you: Control Data Corp.’s headquarters in Bloomington, where the firm moved in 1962, housed a pioneering computer

Readers Write: Twin Cities tech 'reboot required,' carbon emissions, mining and the boundary waters, principles for putting the nation back on track

The living environment is crucial.
January 11
Hennepin County Commissioner Angela Conley was sworn in this month.

Readers Write: Diversity in swearings-in, Minneapolis home insulation proposal, bike lanes, gas tax, recreational marijuana, building names

The book vs. the inspiration.
January 10
President Donald Trump saluted while touring the U.S. border with Mexico on Thursday in McAllen, Texas.

Readers Write: Border wall, partial government shutdown, leadership (example: new Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders)

The "Mayhem" analogy.
January 9
A scene from the "Winnie the Pooh" animations.

Readers Write: Impeachment vs. censure, border wall/shutdown, health care provider tax, climate action

Keep all options on the table.
January 8
Tom Rukavina threw his support to Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher after pulling out of the race for governor at the 2010 DFL State

Readers Write: Tom Rukavina, health care provider tax, health care gaps, border wall, Boundary Waters and mining

Remembering an authentic leader.
January 7
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., made history Thursday afternoon for being the first Palestinian-American woman sworn into Congress. Hours later, she made

Readers Write: U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib's profanity, partial government shutdown, clearing the winter from walks, a meditation on the culture

How to set a bad example.
January 4
President Donald Trump listened to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in the Rose Garden Friday after a meeting with congressional leaders on border

Readers Write: Spotlight on political leadership

From one-off quotes to big ideas.
January 4
A white egg in a nest on a white background with the word 401K on the egg.

Readers Write: Saving for retirement, reforming health care, categorizing presidential prospects, choosing analogies, viewing cartoons and comics

Saving for retirement is your responsibility, even when it's hard to do.
January 4
Minneapolis artist April Sellers’ dance and choreography career was taking off in 2017 when an “open letter” on Facebook accused her of racism.

Readers Write: Battling defamation, promoting early childhood learning, remembering the Rose Bowl, clearing the snow, building walls

A key step in battling defamation awaits legislative interest.