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Marshall Tanick
January 4
Anti-vaccination activists rally outside the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix, Sept. 24, 2021.

Unemployment for the unvaccinated?

The legislation has passed in several states, but the situation is littered with incongruities.
January 4

A costly regulatory roadblock to 5G

Late in the game, FAA derails plans of wireless carriers.
Virginia Heffernan
January 4
An American flag flies on the Capitol in Washington on Sept. 13 in Washington.

Our flag is still there

We have to remember that before we doom-spiral our way to sleeplessness.
Nathan Ballantyne and David Dunning
January 4
A 2018 study suggested that people place far too much credence in the initial bits of information they encounter when learning something.

Skeptics say, 'Do your own research.' It's not that simple.

Novices often end up becoming more misled than informed.
Harry Litman
January 3
Then-President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021.

Could Trump go on trial for a Jan. 6 crime?

The more we find out about his behavior on that day, the more his potential culpability becomes clear.
January 3
A Dec. 10 report from White House economists notes that meat prices are the largest contributor to rising food prices.

Market distortion leads to high meat prices

Four major processing companies are winning; consumers are losing.
Andy Brehm
January 3
“Both Minneapolis and St. Paul have become dangerous and unappealing places to visit, live and do business,” Andy Brehm writes. Above, onlookers w

Minnesota, in decline, needs a turnaround in 2022

Crime is rising, and we're losing residents and businesses. Something needs to change.
Steve Chapman, Creators Syndicate
January 3
A Ukrainian soldier looked on at a fighting position on the line of separation from pro-Russian rebels, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Dec 31, 2021.

How Biden and Putin could end the Ukraine crisis

It requires clinging less tightly to two obsessions: credibility and appeasement.
Gustavo Arellano
January 2
President Donald Trump arrives for a roundtable rally with Latino supporters at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa in Phoenix, on Sept. 14, 2020.

Beware a big Latino border crossing ... to the GOP

It might sound crazy, but it's possible.
January 2
Pilgrim Baptist Church in St. Paul

Time to update historical markers

They can tell a more accurate story of race and history in Minnesota.
Virginia Postrel
January 2
“I remember grocery shopping with my mother in the early 1970s,” writes Virginia Postrel, “as the price of ground beef kept rising: from 89 cent

How scary is inflation?

Oh, the tales old-timers could tell.
January 2
Wisconsin National Guardsman Max Sykes disinfected voting booths after every use during the primary election in April 2020.

Democracy under attack in Wisconsin

Enablers like U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson have refused to stand up to Trump's election lies.
G. Travis Norvell
December 31, 2021
A fallen tree rests in an area of virgin spruce forest in Monongahela National Forest, W.Va., on Aug. 27, 2019.

Love for my oft-ridiculed home

West Virginia has more to offer than Manchin-ism. There's the smallness, the known-ness.
Robert K. Vischer
December 31, 2021
A mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters storm the Capitol building in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021. “The attack followed weeks of ‘Jericho marc

Let's put the Christianity back into Christian politics

We must be clear about why Christian nationalism distorts our faith and threatens the rule of law.
Julie Knopp
December 30, 2021
This image from video provided by National Academy of Sciences shows then-34-year-old female Asian elephant Happy touching the mark on her head. That

Happy the Elephant is giving animals their day in court

Her case poses the controversial legal question: Is an animal a "thing" or a "person"?
Liliana Ahluwalia
December 30, 2021
According to an article in the National Association of Independent Schools, affinity groups are defined as “groups of people with common interests,

New Voices: Why we need affinity groups

These specialized groups give students a safe space to celebrate their identities while learning about the prejudice that surrounds them.
Karl W. Smith
December 30, 2021
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, spoke to reporters at the Capitol on Dec. 14, 2021.

The senator who could rescue Biden's agenda?

That would be Mitt Romney, and his widely admired Family Security Act proposal.
Steve Chapman, Creators Syndicate
December 30, 2021
Security checkpoints at Logan International Airport in Boston on Nov. 24, 2021.

Vaccine mandate for air travel is a flight of fancy

Let us weigh the costs and benefits.
Hal Taussig
December 30, 2021
An update to the New Revised Standard Version Bible was released digitally this month and is to be in print next May. The update represents more than

A new edition of the Bible, with 20,000 revisions

This should spark 20,000 thoughtful conversations.
December 29, 2021
The damage at the Champlain Towers South condo in Surfside, Fla., on June 27, 2021.

A fight over money after condo collapse

There will never be enough to fully compensate for the losses in Miami tragedy.
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