New Voices

New Voices: It's time to normalize conversations about mental health in public safety

The people who look out for us in the community have higher rates of stress-related conditions, and they need our support.
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New Voices: Proposed statewide paid family and medical leave would be a step forward

The publicly administered program would give small businesses, and its employees, peace-of-mind.
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A call for New Voices

Star Tribune Opinion is looking for first-time contributors to join the conversation.

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New Voices: Hamline's Oracle shows us the crisis of student journalism

We are journalists, but we're also students who live and learn in these communities.
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New Voices: We can prevent fentanyl-related deaths

The epidemic is surging, and these small, cheap slips of paper can save lives.
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New Voices: Housing restrictions are blocking Minnesota's potential

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New Voices: Being LGBTQ in foster care is to encounter discrimination, ambiguity

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New Voices: Note to self

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New Voices: On ethics, education and abortion

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ChatGPT is a conversational artificial intelligence software application developed by OpenAI.

New Voices: What should teachers do with ChatGPT?

We’re putting out the call for new commentary writers.
New Voices
updated 18 hours 24 mins. ago
Star Tribune Opinion's latest feature spotlights commentaries written by first-time contributors to our pages. These thinkers, readers and opinionated community members from across Minnesota have something to say and, we hope, inspire you to join the conversation, too.
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February 26
Low wages are the result of a fixed reimbursement for DSP services that is controlled by the state legislature.

New Voices: Disabled services face dire danger

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May 4, 2022
“We need to rededicate ourselves to the American ideals, even if we do not always, as a nation, completely live up them,” writes Rick Olson.

New Voices: Let's rededicate ourselves to our American ideals

Playing Politics podcast
Playing Politics podcast
updated 9 hours 42 mins. ago
Listening to the "Playing Politics" podcast from the Star Tribune and WCCO Radio is like taking a seat at the Editorial Board table and hearing an informed and opinionated weekly discussion of all things political in Minnesota and the nation. "Playing Politics" features WCCO's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune's John Rash in addition to editorial writer Patricia Lopez and columnists Lori Sturdevant and D.J. Tice – award-winning journalists who bring varied perspectives to the issues of the day.
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April 27, 2022
“The continued extensive use of grass does come with a lot of unfortunate consequences,” Julian Fernandez-Petersen writes.

New Voices: Reconsider your lawn

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March 30, 2022
For those re-entering the community fromt he criminal justice system, fees work as barriers to so many opportunities.

New Voices: The piling-on effect of fees in criminal justice

Twin Metals underground mine location: Aerial view of the area that would be mined by Twin Metals.
Special report Mining and the BWCA: Not this location
updated 14 hours 16 mins. ago
The Star Tribune Editorial Board has taken the position that the Twin Metals copper-nickel mining project near the BWCA should not proceed. That editorial and others leading up to it are collected here. Responses will be added as they are published.
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March 11, 2022
Refugees fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine wait for buses to transport them to their next destination after crossing the border from Ukraine in

New Voices: A poem for Ukraine

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March 6, 2022
An astonishing 37% of Minnesota college students reported experiencing food insecurity in 2020.

New Voices: All Minnesota college campuses should be hunger-free

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February 7, 2022
A Transgender Pride flag lays on the ground during a celebration of the Twin Cities Pride Festival.

New Voices: Trans rights are under attack

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January 25, 2022
President Joe Biden smiles after signing the “Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act” into law during a ceremony in the South Court

New Voices: Finally, a step in the right direction for ALS

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January 22, 2022
A recent survey from the Rand Corporation found nearly 1 in 4 teachers said they would likely leave their jobs by the end of the 2020-21 school year.�

New Voices: Teacher burnout isn't new, only worse

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January 18, 2022
A help wanted sign is displayed at a gas station in Mount Prospect, Ill., Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

New Voices: Help wanted, needed, with small-business labor crisis

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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

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December 11, 2021
Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve smiles during a press conference to announce she’d been named the head coach of USA Women’s Basketball Dec.

New Voices: For social justice, Coach Reeve should give up one of her jobs

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November 27, 2021
“As a city mom, I have concerns, too. I’m concerned that by not allowing children to read Toni Morrison or learn an unfiltered history of America�

New Voices: Please listen to an urban mom's hopes for her children

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